Center-Based vs. 1:1 Learning – An Inclusive Model Sets up Success #edchat #ncedchat #smarttech #edtech #ncedtech

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Bringing 1:1 learning out of the lab and into the classroom is an excellent development. It helps your students explore content on their own. But does it help students problem-solve together? Or address special needs? Can a student succeed in the absence of a teacher modeling digital activities first?

Learning centers create inclusive, effective learning

A large interactive display plus mobile devices on a unified software platform equals a better learning environment than is possible with devices alone. 1+1=3!

1:1 implementations need the grounding and support of digital, center-based technology to better enable student success. 1:1 devices are also not always appropriate to accommodate special needs in an inclusive classroom where a student is autistic or experiences fine motor challenges. These learners are often better accommodated with a large touch-enabled interactive display using the same software other students are equipped with on their 1:1 devices so all learners feel truly included.

Interactive center-based activities set up the mental model and foundational information students require for productive small group debates and enhance individualized learning on 1:1 devices during the rest of class time.

What’s working in SMART classrooms

  • Speech-language pathologist Alex Dunn validates how a SMART Board interactive whiteboard brings her students out of the corner and learning alongside their peers more inclusively
  • Ian Fogarty makes an eloquent case for why center-based student collaboration is better and how this model raises student test scores compared to a use of conventional 1:1 devices alone
  • Dr. Robert Goodman’s model of social constructivism includes center-based learning with use of SMART Board interactive whiteboards before and after small group debates. His PSI/PMI model has a proven record of student achievement.

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Teacher-Centered vs. Student-Centered Tech – Students Need Social Tech #edchat #ncedchat #smarttech #edtech #ncedtech

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The era when teachers were “sages on the stage” is over.

In today’s classrooms and in the workplaces of tomorrow that your students will transform after they graduate, it’s all about collaboration. And technology enables collaboration like nothing else – if you equip learners with the right tools.

Equip learners for effective student-centered collaboration

The best outcomes for learners are delivered through the combination of a teacher-facilitated, whole-class discussion on a large interactive display, face-to-face, small group collaboration with active participation by all members and individual learning on mobile devices. A collaborative classroom that models this flow between whole-class, small group and individual learning better enables today’s student-centered learning needs with technology.

Whole-class learning moments are still important for foundation and modeling, but an interactive display is most effective when the teacher provides guided opportunities for small-group learning to build those critical collaborative skills.

If a classroom has one or multiple interactive displays, the premise is the same – a flexible and interactive learning space that facilitates collaborative learning for multiple students.

What’s working in SMART classrooms today

  • Ian Fogarty makes an eloquent case for why small group collaboration is better and how this model raises student test scores compared to a use of conventional student devices alone
  • Kate Seward’s students learn in a SMART Collaborative Classroom – check out her blog post to see it in action!

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SeedPD Blog Feature: SMART Exchange File of the Week! #edchat #ncedchat #smarttech #edtech #ncedtech

To add more teacher content to our site, the SeedPD Blog is sharing one teacher-created SMART Exchange file every Friday. All files shared will be Common Core relevant, and we’ll be sure to share with you the standard(s) being addressed.

This entry is a file entitled “Graphing Linear Equations in Slope Intercept form (with and without the calculator)”. In this file, students will begin by reviewing the properties of graphs and coordinates. Then, they will be introduced and learn how to graph linear equations using three different methods: a table of values, x and y intercepts, and slope and y-intercept. This file is very well structured, including “by hand” and calculator based examples for each method. There are also a number of formative assessment activities throughout the lesson!

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Common Core Standards Addressed:  MA.9-12.F-LE, MA.9-12., MA.9-12.F-LE.2
Direct Link to Presentation File
Number of Downloads: 1,609
Created by: Jessica Requidan (Dorchester County School District 2)

Check back in with us next Friday to learn about another great Common Core file!

BYOD vs. Banning Mobile Devices – Devices need “Glue” for Effective Learning #edchat #ncedchat #smarttech #edtech #ncedtech

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Banning a smart phone or tablet from the classroom takes a tool that students love – and could learn with – away from them. The benefits outweigh the risks if educators can build a plan around them to avoid device anarchy. This anarchy may be amplified even further if there is a  lack of  curriculum-embedded training for educators on the device’s closed system and if your tech department fails to provide a long-term maintenance plan to realize the full benefits of that training.

Students DO learn on mobile devices. They just do other things on them as well. And that’s what has to be kept in check. Unify learning experiences and ensure students are staying on task – not on their social networks – to help you get measurable results.

Enable better BYOD

Students and teachers need learning applications that unify the learning experience across disparate mobile devices and offer the flexibility to quickly switch between individual learning, small-group collaboration and whole-class activities. A software platform used by both teachers and students will be adopted faster by the teacher and result in better learning outcomes by the learner.

What’s working in SMART classrooms today

Educators with SMART Board interactive whiteboards are successfully using mobile devices for learning by employing SMART Notebook software as device “glue.”

Get the mobile device glue you need for your BYOD program

SMART is also promoting beta programs with the goal of more holistic mobile device support in the future. The XC Add-on Beta for SMART Notebook and SMART Notebook Web Beta are examples of research and development already underway in this area.

SeedPD Blog Feature: SMART Exchange File of the Week! #smarttech #edtech #ncedtech

To add more teacher content to our site, the SeedPD Blog is sharing one teacher-created SMART Exchange file every Friday. All files shared will be Common Core relevant, and we’ll be sure to share with you the standard(s) being addressed.

This entry is a file entitled “Radicals and Exponents”. In this file, students will be introduced to the relationship between radicals and exponents. Students will use the interactive lesson to both convert radicals into exponential form as well as reduce and simplify higher order radical expressions. Both interactive and containing a fun challenge activity at the end, this is a great file for the Common Core math teacher!

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Common Core Standards Addressed: MA.9-12., MA.9-12.N-RN.1, MA.9-12.N-RN.2,
Direct Link to Presentation File
Number of Downloads: 2,539
Created by: SMART

Check back in with us next Friday to learn about another great Common Core file!

Top Five Things to Know About Education Software Installer 2013

The annual spring software update is here for SMART customers who use SMART Notebook softwareSMART Response interactive response system and SMART Ink!

This update will be distributed through the SMART Product Update in April, but for those of you who can’t wait, we welcome you to manually download it directly from the website (Windows and Mac versions) starting today.

Special thanks to all of you who participated in the tech trials and provided invaluable feedback to us!

The Education Software Installer for 2013 includes key updates for SMART Notebook 11 software, SMART Response interactive response system and SMART Ink. SMART has also changed its approach to activation keys – see below!

Top five things to know about ESI 2013

  1. SMART Notebook 11.1: The focus for 11.1 was to increase performance so you can load and create files faster. Other additions include an Add-on Manager (for widgets), simplified menus, an improved embedded web browser and preference options.
  2. SMART Response 2013: SMART Response VE system users with Internet-enabled mobile devices will be pleased with the additions of whole-class mode, simplified login and proxy server support. Software additions include recently-used question tags, reports with performance thresholds and Russian language support.
  3. SMART Ink 1.1 SP1: We’ve made improvements to make inking more intuitive. You can now select and flick ink notes across a page and we’ve improved integration with Microsoft Office for those of you who like to ink within those applications.
  4. Activation keys: Windows and Mac customers no longer require product activation keys to use SMART Notebook software on a SMART interactive device or if they purchased a personal license. New SMART interactive devices will also ship with pre-activated software. Note: an activation code is still required to use the SMART Notebook collaborative license (for use with non-SMART interactive devices) and for additional software like 3D Tools for SMART Notebook software.
  5. Windows 8 compatibility: The software now supports both Windows 8 and Windows 7 users. Those with Windows XP SP3 are also still supported. Mac 10.6, 10.7 and 10.8 users continue to be supported.

Download ESI 2013 and help us spread the word that it’s available! Also remember that the SMART Notebook Web (Beta) and XC Add-on Beta for SMART Notebook are still in progress – we welcome you to download those betas, provide feedback and help shape future versions of those products. An exciting addition to the SMART Notebook Web (Beta) website is a community component where you can vote on your favorite feature ideas.

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SMART Notebook App for iPad Benefits Absent Students: Dan Explains

You and your students enjoyed a great collaborative learning experience with your students using SMART products, but one or two students were absent. You’d like to share the content from that class but know the experience isn’t the same social experience when one student is interacting with a SMART Board interactive whiteboard alone while the rest of the class focuses on alternative activities. Dan Gallagher, a SMART Exemplary Educator from West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District in New Jersey, finds SMART Notebook app for iPad (available on the iTunes App store) is a great way for students to catch up on the lesson using a student device.

By Dan Gallagher

How can absent students catch up if they miss a group activity with the SMART Board interactive whiteboard?

We’ve all been there, you have a SMART Notebook interactive lesson prepared and a couple of students are absent or pulled to go to instrument practice, speech, to the office or nurse, etc.  When they come back that day or tomorrow, you would like them to do the activity but do not want to run the SMART Board for just one or two students.  What about the rest of the class?  Will it be a distraction or too repetitive?  You originally took all that extra time to make it fun and engaging for all your students.

This won’t be a problem if you have access to the SMART Notebook app for iPad!  Now you can take your interactive lessons, upload them to a Dropbox or Google Drive account and access them on your iPad.

SMART Notebook app for iPad works within the parameters of iPad iOS

Anything you created in the Activity Builder can be completed, reset, and completed again.  Sorting activities are now mobile.  Each student can cycle through either as a learning center or as a 1:1 activity with the teacher.   This provides a chance for students to complete activities using ink, adding text, sounds, pictures, as well as create and move objects.  Some of my favorite techniques which bring independence to a lesson are pull tabs and erase to reveal.  The pull tab is a way for students to check their work with grouped answers which are accessed by sliding a tab across the page.  Another way to cover your answers is with pen ink which the students can then erase to reveal the correct responses.

Note: The SMART Notebook app for iPad, being on an iPad, is restricted to the confines of Apple’s iOS.  Anything created using Flash will not operate on the iPad.  That means any interactive elements like having your dice spin, adding a timer or a Voki (speaking avatar) created in Flash will only show as a locked image.  Creating an Internet browser and having it pinned to a particular page also comes up as a locked image.  The math tools like the ruler or protractor unfortunately do not work either.  My rule of thumb is to test it out ahead of time to ensure everything in your activity works properly.   But, as seen with the latest update, SMART is adding more features from the recommendations of its users.

Additional applications

Since this is SMART Notebook software, your students can also make use of the app to create presentations which can be emailed, uploaded, or projected from the iPad.  They have the ability to take photos with the iPad camera, use images on the camera roll or paste images they find online.  They could record their own sounds up to a minute in length which are connected to images or objects.  This is a lighter version of Notebook, but in the hands of a student, it can be a medium to display knowledge.

Justifying the purchase

We have started to see some fee-based content on the  SMART Exchange and the SMART Notebook app is also something to be purchased.  It is $6.99 which some teachers might dismiss, but don’t.  You might be thinking, “I’ll just use Notebook Express,” but that version of SMART Notebook requires Flash and is not suitable for use on an iPad.   Any student, anywhere can be engaged in learning.   Lessons can be accessed for those who miss the activity, need remediation, or you can use it to increase the rigor of an activity for your high flyers.  No longer will students be completely missing out if they weren’t able to participate on the SMART Board that day. The app enables students to benefit from SMART’s  interactivity on a personal device.

About Dan Gallagher

This is my seventh year teaching, currently a teacher resource specialist for technology in the West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District in New Jersey.  My focus this year is integrating iPads into classrooms across the district.  I am also an adjunct professor with Arcadia University’s Instructional Technology Graduate Program.  I am a proud member of the SMART Exemplary Educators program and Certified Interactive Teacher.  I was also a past presenter at PETE & C and I love to attend various EdCamps.  You can follow me on twitter@Gallagher_Tech.

This article originally appeared on the EDCompass Blog.  Click here for the original URL.