It’s not about the tool; It’s about the students.
Over the past 2 days I attended a training session on Smart Board. I just received a new Smart Board for my classroom and was interested in learning about Smart Board as well as the software that drives it, Smart Notebook.
There is no doubt that the Smart Board technology has a wow factor. There are also useful tools that I will be able to avail. However, my initial feeling about the Smart Board is that relied upon too heavily it will destroy what many are trying to achieve: A student centred classroom. Heavy reliance on this tool makes a classroom look like a “traditional” classroom. That is to say the focus remains at the front of the class.
I am not saying, by any means, that I do not like it. I do and I will find uses for it that will add to the learning of my students. However, I can’t forget that too much focus on this tool makes it about the tool, and not the students.