TeachingTactics: Effective Practices for Teaching with Smart Technologies


This document outlines TeachingTactics for Implementing Smart Technologies into your course. Our aim is to provide guidance and suggestions for basic use of the aforementioned technology.  If you are interested in documentation regarding the use of this technology for the specific purpose of Student Engagement, please see our 10 Strategies for Engaging Students with Smart Technologies.

TeachingTactics: Effective Practices for Teaching with Smart Technologies

#1: Download the Corresponding Smart Software

The basics: This may seem self-evident, but a good place to start with Smart Technology, is with the corresponding Software. As a faculty, staff, or student at Minnesota State University, Mankato, you are allowed to download and use the software.  Use this link to access the download and authentication code.

#2: Teach from the Front of the Class

The basics: The Smart technology can essentially turn your computer into a ‘touch device,’ allowing for control of your computer from the front of the room. Nearly all computer capabilities, navigations and functions can be commanded from the board.

#3: Present Immersive Media Rich Lessons

The basics: With Smart Notebook (and even other presentation software, such as PowerPoint, Prezi, ect) you can create media rich lessons that seamlessly integrate text, images and videos all into one immersive file.

#4: Import PowerPoints and Create Interactions

The basics: Use your created PowerPoints and import them into Smart Notebook. With minor additions, you can create interactive presentations for your Face to Face classes, while retaining all of your content.

#5: Take Notes, Make Notifications and Brainstorm

The basics: Smart Board tools allow the user to take notes and make notifications directly on the screen.  Essentially, this is a variation on the aged strategy of the transparency and the overhead projector.  Using the Board tools (pens and eraser) you can indicate important points during a PowerPoint lecture, visually direct students to key links in a web browser, solve math equations, ect.  You can clear all writings and marks with the press of a button, or elect to save the material in a unique file.

#6: Student Interactions at the Board

The basics: Student engagement and interaction is a mainstay of the Smart Technologies. Smart Notebook contains a plethora of interactive pre-made activities and lessons centered around student interactions. Integrate readily available and freely used Web 2.0 applications through the Smart Board.

#7: Explore the Smart Exchange

The basics: Create an account at the Smart Exchange and search through thousands of lessons that are already created, and openly shared.  Explore content created by educators from all over the world. You can browse resources by subject, grade level, top rated, and standards, as well as share your own lessons.

#8: Control Content through your Tablet

The basics: Like other Interactive White Boards (IWBs), you can use your tablet (ipad, android device) to control your desktop projections on the board.  This allows you to be mobile in class, while you lecture and present.  Students can also interact with your lessons from the Smart Board at the same time.

Making it Happen

If you’re interested in trying one of the listed TeachingTactics, but aren’t quite sure how to get started or need some assistance, please contact Michael Manderfeld, michael.manderfeld@mnsu.edu or Marni Dunning marni.dunning@mnsu.edu to arrange for a consultation.

Contributing Your Own TechTactic

Do you have your own TeachingTactic suggestion? Let us know about it! Email your ideas to Michael Manderfeld, michael.manderfeld@mnsu.edu,  or Marni Dunning, marni.dunning@mnsu.edu.



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