Today was the first day of school for Lower School students at Greens Farms Academy and my first day in the classroom with the students! Today I taught two first grade classes and a second grade class.
I wanted to showcase the new interactive SmartBoards that were installed over the summer. I also wanted to introduce myself to the students. To that end, I created a Notebook document that the students and I could interact with. The students learned about my drive across country, the people and places we saw and my wife and our dog. Additionally, they each got a chance to use the SmartBoard and experience the myriad technologies that can be used with an interactive white board, such as the Notebook software, Google Earth, and web pages. The students loved the photos of Zoë, Cadillac Ranch, and a scorpion under a blacklight.
The SmartBoards are pretty awesome educational tools. It will be exciting to break down the barriers of the classroom and redefine the space as the students use the interactive white boards to demonstrate to their peers and to interact with technology in a tactile, kinesthetic manner.