SMARTboards in Education

Walk into any classroom in Australia and you’ll find many things in common. Desks, chairs and whiteboards can be found in every classroom, along with the usual pens and paper. In the centre of every room, you can usually find a SMARTboard, an interactive whiteboard which connects to a computer and allows students to interact with the content via a touch screen interface. But sadly, in many classroom this valuable resource is underused. SMARTboards are an incredibly useful tool that can change the way that information is presented to our students.

But how precisely can they be used?

This website recommends using SMARTboards to take notes, brainstorm, play educational games and display data of many kinds – visuals, audio, videos and text to name a few. Another website uses the boards to save student work without taking up space, create bright and visual displays, research on the internet in a way that the whole class can participate, and to ‘flip’ the classroom, an innovative teaching technique which involves the teacher creating a digital ‘lesson’ where learners review the lesson at home, before coming to school and working on problems and practical tasks relating to the lesson.

I personally have used SMARTboards to compile student ideas, create interactive powerpoints, display videos, and create stories that have input from the whole class.

There are many other ways to use these boards in the classroom, and with a little creativity and ingenuity can become a essential part of any classroom.

Professional Learning Board. (n.d.) Using smart boards in the classroom. Retrieved 20 March 2015 from https://k12teacherstaffdevelopment.com/tlb/using-smart-boards-in-the-classroom/

Concordia Online Education. (2013). Teacher’s Guide: How to use the smart board in the clashttp://education.cu-portland.edu/blog/educator-tips/teacher-s-guide-how-to-use-a-smartboard-in-the-classroom/sroom. Retrieved 20 March 2015 from

Using the TEST Framework

During this week’s content, we looked at the TEST framework, and how it can be applied to our studies. You can read about the TEST framework at this website.

Problem: How can I keep up with all of the work for this course, and at the same time keep up to date with my other subjects?

Task: I need to decide on an effective study schedule, and prioritise university over other things that may take my time, but that might not be as important, and maintain my motivation.

Environment: I study both at home, and at the Springfield campus of USQ. At home, I usually study in the lounge room, with the TV on, which can sometimes be a distraction and sometimes helps me stay focussed, depending on the task. On occasion, I will also be studying at the Ipswich campus library. Both libraries have the issue of noise from other students, which can make it difficult for me to study.

Skills: I’m confident in the use of ICT, so I don’t have as large a learning curve this semester as some of my peers, however there are still a lot of challenges for me. I have good time management when I need to, so this will help me finish all of my work.

Tools: I have a good knowledge of many ICT tools which will help me achieve my goals. Websites such as Twitter, Diigo and Feedly are all extremely useful to me. Additionally, timetable websites will be helpful for me to develop a functional study plan.

Hopefully the TEST framework will be helpful to keep me on track for this semester!

ICT at University

As I worked through the course content this week, I found myself considering all of the ways that ICT has transformed my learning at university. Indeed, several of my course would not have been possible without ICT, as I studied them exclusively online. Some of the ways we have learned have completely shifted my perspective of ICT and also education. For example, in one subject I created a webquest which covered an entire unit of mathematics. It was an interesting a and effective way to teach that I hadn’t previously thought about, and one that I would definitely use in the future. In other courses I created a website, which made me consider how they could be used in the future as  a teacher. Perhaps a custom website or blog could be used to have students share their perspectives on their learning, or to share what they have learned to a wider audience. The ever-changing realm of ICTs is providing more and more opportunities to extend and challenge the way we teach and learn.

Reasons to Teach with ICT

During our course, we have been asked to consider why it is that we use ICT to teach our students. In my opinion, it is essential that we utilise this resource if we want to ensure that our students are provided with a well-rounded education. ICTs are an excellent way to engage students in new topics, or to extend their knowledge of topics that they have already encountered. Additionally, ICT is a great tool to aid differentiated learning in the classroom. As a future Special Education teacher, I consider ICTs to be particularly important. This article has some great ideas for how to use ICTs in differentiated learning. (Scroll down to the Strategies for differentiation heading). I’m sure that as I go through this course I’ll find even more reasons to teach with ICT.

Why do you use ICTs in the classroom?

Welcome to my blog!

Welcome to my blog! My name is Tayla Foster and I’m a third year student at Springfield. I major in Special Education. I’m looking forward to learning more about incorporating ICT into the classroom and using it as a learning tool for my future students. ICT is a valuable teaching tool and I’m anticipating that it will be a very advantageous resource during my practical experience later in the semester.