SMARTboards in the Classroom






What are Interactive Whiteboards?

Interactive whiteboards are the latest technology to be used in classrooms worldwide including Australia. For this reason I felt it necessary to research this topic for my ePortfolio. This research has helped me to further understand how interactive whiteboards function. It is inevitable that I will come across an interactive whiteboard in the classroom at some stage and as a result of this research, I know feel more equipped to use this technology successfully.

A typical SMART Board setup, consists of a touch sensitive whiteboard connected to a projector and computer. You can then run any computer application (e.g. CD ROMs, DVDs, the internet and other educational software), interacting with those applications using your finger instead of a mouse.

The particular brand of Interactive Whiteboard is the SMART Board, made by SMART Technologies, a Canadian Company. Supplied in Australia by Electroboard.(BarbaraMuirhead:2006:





How Interactive Whiteboards Function

When researching is not a reliable source of information, however, I found that it explained succinctly how interactive whiteboards function:

An interactive whiteboard is a large interactive display that connects to a computer and projector. A projector projects the computer’s desktop onto the board’s surface, where users control the computer using a pen, finger or other device. The board is typically mounted to a wall or on a floor stand.

They are used in a variety of settings such as in classrooms at all levels of education, in corporate board rooms and work groups, in training rooms for professional sports coaching, broadcasting studios and more.

The interactive-whiteboard industry is expected to reach sales of $1 billion worldwide by 2008; one of every seven classrooms in the world will feature an interactive whiteboard by 2011 according to market research by Futuresource Consulting.

Uses for interactive whiteboards include


Lesson Ideas:

The website is an excellent resource for teachers. It provides lessons which incorporate the interactive whiteboard. There are many lessons that can be chosen under the KLAs of English, Mathematics, Science and Technology and Human, Society and Its Environment. These lessons are catered for across all school years, including Kindergarten to Year 12. The website also allows the viewer to choose which country they would like the lessons to suit, fortunately Australia is included. To accompany these lessons the website also provides correlating curriculum standards. This is a fantastic resource for teachers using ineractive whiteboards (smartboards) in the classroom. Below is an example of a lesson taken from this website, this lesson is taken from the subject Science and Technology and is on ‘Computers Parts and their Functions’ which I felt suited the topic of this ePortfolio:


SMART – IT Computer Parts and Their Functions

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Video Demonststrating Use of Interactive Whiteboards in Classroom 

I have also included below a youtube video showing how interactive whiteboards can be used in the classroom:  










Article on Interactive Whiteboards in the Classroom

Follow the link below to read an article from the ‘Sydney Morning Herald’ about the influence of interactive whiteboards in schools:





One response

13 10 2008

I love these things and it’s great to see others sharing my enthusiasm! It’s good that you have a basic “how to use it” to encourage other teachers who may seem a little intimidated by IWBs.

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