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Now that versions of SMART Notebook software are available across multiple platforms, teachers are using it as a way to effectively manage the transitions between whole-class, small group and individual learning. The flexibility of this software can also help make learning more inclusive.
Dan Bohn is a SMART Exemplary Educator and math teacher at Hononegah Community High School in Rockton, Illinois. Dan recently emailed SMART about how he used the SMART Notebook App for iPad (available on the iTunes App store) to improve accessibility for a visually-impaired student and asked us to share his story.
“One of my students is a sophomore in high school and has always had a difficult time taking notes in class because of his visual impairment,” Dan told us. “He has trouble seeing the SMART Board interactive whiteboard from his desk when I am teaching.” He decided to try out the SMART Notebook App for iPad as a way to help his student see and engage with lessons better.
Dan downloaded the app onto his iPad and then uploaded one of his own SMART Notebook lessons using Dropbox. “I lent my own iPad to the student and asked him to try and follow along with my Notebook lesson. He did very well taking notes that day.” To make the experience more interactive for his students, including the one using his iPad, Dan has started to incorporate some of SMART Notebook software’s hide and reveal features into his math lessons to make the experience more interactive for all his students, including the one using his iPad. The visually-impaired student also told Dan that he is feeling more confident about geometry.
This math teacher was so inspired by the use of the products together that Dan has even shared his story with district administrators. Dan wants to run a pilot program at his school to explore the learning potential of SMART Boards, SMART Notebook App for iPad and student iPads.
We applaud Dan for finding a creative way to leverage technology and make his classroom more inclusive. What do you think of Dan’s pilot idea?