One of the ways to make teaching effective is by usage of a smart
board in the classroom. It is not only the classroom teaching
that can be improved by using these smart boards but also it can
be used for presentations in the corporate world.
A smart board also has a computer which
is linked to the projector which projects the view of the
computer on the giant white board. The difference with the
smart board is that the software is such that one is allowed
to touch the white board and is able to make any changes.
Therefore it is a touch sensitive screen which allows you
to make changes and interact with the computer.
The first smart board was brought out in 1991 by Smart Technologies
and this instrument was one in which people had not seen before.
It coupled the use of a white board along with a touch sensitive
screen which made it a lot easier for the teachers to give lessons
to their students.
Also with the use of various pen tools one can write onto these
smart boards or also can make some sort of drawings, which help
in art classes and other classes where students need particular
The invention of smart boards has helped us to move out of the
traditional blackboards and overhead projectors. With their usage
one can interact with the class from the front side because now
one does not need to sit behind the computer to showcase the changes.
The changes can be brought on the screen directly with the usage
of touch sensitive screen.
The software of the smart board permits you to convert your handwritten
text on the screen into a text file which can be saved for a view
at a later stage. Also with usage of pens one can write text in
different colors on the screen. Normally 4 colored pens are available
with each smart board and slots are provided on the board onto
which these pens are fitted.
When you lift the pen from its spot it permits you to write text
on web pages and other files of the same color. It's obvious that
a device having so many advantages will also have some disadvantages
The first disadvantage of smart boards that they are costly to
install this in a classroom particularly if you want wireless
units. Second, it's hard to write on the board because when you
will write you will stand in between the projector and the screen
thereby your shadow will also be casted on the screen making its
content difficult to read.
The use of technology in modern day teaching is very important
for the students because it helps them to survive in this complex
and knowledgeable world. Also it helps them to acquire skills
and will aid in the understanding process.
Teachers can also use PowerPoint, web screen shots and videos
to make teaching more effective and understandable. But smart
boards are the future and have become more of a necessity for
a child to grow in this competitive and technology-driven world.