The SMART Board interactive whiteboard is a product of SMART Technology. The board is a large, touch-controlled screen that works with a projector and a computer. The projector throws the computer’s desktop image onto the interactive whiteboard, which acts as both a monitor and an input device. Users can write on the interactive whiteboard in digital ink or use a finger to control computer applications by pointing, clicking and dragging, just as with a desktop mouse. Buttons launch a popup keyboard and a right-mouse-click menu for more input options. The interactive whiteboard is usually mounted on a wall or a floor stand and is used in face-to-face or virtual settings in the classroom. This allows you to teach lessons and conduct activities from the front of the room instead of having to be at the computer.
SMART Board interactive whiteboards have become increasingly popular in elementary classroom over the last ten years. This technology allows teachers to weave Internet, audio, video, and software resources into class discussions, lessons, and activities. What sets these whiteboards apart is their power to integrate the use of many different technologies across the curriculum. Rather than just projecting the computer’s screen, a SMART Board allows the teacher to manipulate data by touching the board instead of using the mouse at the computer. The benefits are only limited by the creativity of the instructor. Teachers can ignite enthusiasm in their classroom by considering the use of SMART boards to enhance technology rich lessons.