The need for smart boards was demanding, as students and teachers were tired of continually using the boring white board.
There have been articles written about whether the interactive whiteboard is a boon or a bandwagon. The overwhelming theme emerging was the positive impact of the use of the interactive whiteboards (Heather J Smith, 2005).
According to Smith, Higgins, Wall and Miller, the article reviewed the literature on how the interactive whiteboard was/is used in educational settings.
The overwhelming theme emerging was the positive impact of the use of the interactive whiteboards (Heather J Smith, 2005).
According to ICT Research, they say that interactive whiteboards are appearing in an increasing number of classrooms. Although the technology is relatively new, there is an emerging body of literature on their effective use in teaching and learning. Interactive whiteboards were introduced in the United States by SMART Technologies in 1991 (technologies, 2010).
We use the interactive whiteboard in our district with the Six Trait writing which we have adopted. My co-worker and I have developed several six trait writing lessons and applied these with the smart board and have used the Nevada Web site for six trait (Writing Fix (Writing fix, 2010).
SMART was the Canadian distributor for a U.S.- based projector company. Intel Corporation provided some initial equity investment and further help in marketing and product development in 1992.
Another research done by Dr. Robert Marzano showed that teachers who used the interactive whiteboard had a 16th percentile increase in their students scores than students who did not use the whiteboard (Marzano, 2009). 16th percentile increase in scores
Development The original development was as stated for business sector. It then became known that this could be used in the educator sector of the world and it took off like a rocket.
The company eventually moved down to the educational sector. There have also been studies according to Grant and Cunningham, that interactive whiteboards are well received in special needs classrooms (Grant Shannon, 2009).
Timeline of Interactive whiteboards: 1987 – David Marin and Nancy Knowlton, the chairman and chief executive officer, respectively founded Smart Technologies in 1987. Ten years ago, at the tail ed of the technology IPO rush, they considered tapping the public markets but abandoned the idea a the markets soured. 1991 – Smart Technologies introduced the touch sensitive Smart Board interactive whiteboard in 1991. 1999 – Sept 30 1999, Technologies inc. due to the agreement of merger of Smart Technologies Inc, and 12 Technologies Inc, the companies ownership internet in and advances to Smart Technologies.
2003 – Internet printout, awarded another US patent for touch sensitive Smart Board technology. 2004 – On April 16, 2004, Smart Modular Inc and its wholly owned subsidiaries acquired the business unit known as Smart Modular Technologies from Solectron Corporation. 2005 – Smart Technologies and Electro board Pty Ltd, Smarts distributor in Australia announce the installation of Smart Boards interactive whiteboards at Eltham College of Education.
2007 – e-Smart Technologies Inc, announced it had entered into an agreement with Gwangju City, South Korea. 2008 – Missing from the IDsmart press release is the fact that e-Smarts parent has filed a motion to dismiss the subject action which will be heard on February 1, 2008. 2010 – Smart Technologies becomes one of the leading sales of Interactive whiteboards.
The data demonstrates that interactive whiteboards use is on the rise. The schools are finding that they can increase the learning curve at least 25%. I know in our district, the goal is to have at least one smart board/ interactive board in every classroom and our elementary schools have almost achieved this goal.
References Becta, I. R. (2010, December 30). What the research says about interactive whiteboards. England, United Kingdom. Derek Glover, D. M. (2007). The evolution of an effective pedagogy for teachers using the interactive white boardin mathematics and modern languages: an empirical analysis from the secondary sector. Learning media and technology, 5 - 20. Grant Shannon, S. J. (2009). Impact of classroom design on interactive whiteboard use in special needs classroom. Proceeding chinz, 23-45. Heather J Smith, S. H. (2005). Interactive whiteboards: boon or bandwagon? A critical review of the literature. Journal of Computer Assissted Learning, 91 -101. Marzano, R. (2009, November 1). The Ubd exchange. Retrieved January 5, 2011, from Educational Leadership: http://www.ascd.org/publications/educational- leadership/nov09/vol67/num03/Teaching-with-Interactive-Whiteboards.aspxhttp://www.ascd.org/publications/educational- leadership/nov09/vol67/num03/Teaching-with-Interactive-Whiteboards.aspx technologies, S. (2010, December 30). Smart technologies. Retrieved December 30 30, 2010, from Smart technologies: http://smarttech.com/us/About+SMART/About+SMART/Who+We+Are/Contact+us
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