[lit-ideas] Re: smartboards ?

  • From: Julie Krueger <juliereneb@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sat, 22 Sep 2012 09:46:53 -0500

I'm a little surprised at these replies because I've been given to
understand by my grown daughters (19 & 21) that chalkboards and white
boards have not been used in some time, that chalk is a thing of the past
and difficult to find for purchase here in the city, and that "everyone,
Mom (rolling of eyes) uses smartboards".  They're apparently ubiquitous in
public school class rooms -- interesting.  They can't fund teaching of
grammar, literacy, or science, but they can afford smartboards.  Frankly,
sometimes I think such techi moves serve as a soothing feeling to cover the
uncomfortable fact that they really aren't doing anything to improve
education -- how can they?  The current crop of adult teachers weren't
educated in their public school experience.  (Climbing down off my soap box
now, at least for a minute).

My daughters can't help with using the smartboards because they didn't
actively use them - only watched while the teachers did.

 What I urgently need to know about Smartboards is if they interface with
files across OS's, if files on my laptop can be pulled up on them.  I am
using a text which I don't want the students to have to purchase because
the use is spotty, and I want to scan a few pages that have color
illustrations and throw them up on the smartboard -- color copies of such
pages would cost me an arm & a leg and I don't really want to have to go
through that much color ink.  The smartboard seemed the optimal solution,
IF it'll do it -- I'm walking in to the classroom on Tuesday and trying to
pull my act together at the last minute, only just having gotten a class
roster and room assignment this week.

Julie Campbell
Julie's Music & Language Studio
1215 W. Worley
Columbia, MO  65203

On Sat, Sep 22, 2012 at 1:19 AM, Omar Kusturica <omarkusto@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> As one of Julie's Facebook's "friends", I would have surely replied if:
> 1. I saw the question
> 2. I had any idea about the topic
>   ------------------------------
> *From:* John Wager <john.wager1@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> *To:* lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> *Sent:* Saturday, September 22, 2012 4:53 AM
> *Subject:* [lit-ideas] Re: smartboards ?
> Julie Krueger wrote:
> > One would think (well, this one would), that with all the "friends" I
> have on Facebook, a general plea for anyone with experience with
> smartboards would receive a response.  One would be wrong.  Considering all
> the teachers who are on this list, I thought I'd throw the net out here.  I
> haven't been in a classroom in years (I teach privately in my home Studio),
> and am going to be teaching starting next week in a classroom equipped with
> a smartboard -- I have a couple basic questions about the way they
> function.  Anyone willing to let me pick your brain a bit?
> We have them in several classrooms, although I haven't taught in a room
> with one yet.  I'm supposed to know the basics, although I wasn't paying
> much attention a year ago when they tried to tell us about them but it
> looked like we weren't actually going to get any for a long time.  I can
> always ask some of my other Luddite (caps?) teacher friends about questions
> I don't know, or I can just make up a likely answer, but I'm willing to
> help if I can.  I can say that a few things I remember gave the distinct
> impression of them being pretty "dumb" boards for being so smart.
> Use email address jwager@xxxxxxxxxx
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