NEW FUNCTIONS I.
Dear members! Having secured the funds for our internet bills (thanks again!), I am happy to announce that we’ve started the fundraising for the development of new functions! We are very enthusiastic about it, since we’ve had most of these plans since the beginning, and at times it seemed we would never get to accomplishing them for lack of time and resources. However, with the membership growing at such a wonderful pace, we have now grown strong enough to venture forth relying on “crowdfunding”, meaning You Guys.
To inspire more of you to support the development with your own means, I’ve decided to showcase each planned function one by one in a series of consecutive posts.
This is a sharing site, so most importantly, if we can collect the funds needed, we’ll be able to develop support for new kinds of teaching materials, such as exercises for Smart Boards, interactive online exercises, teaching tips, edublogs and bundling individual resources into sets. In this first post, I’d like to start off by introducing Smart Board exercises.
A Smart Board is a digital board for classrooms replacing traditional chalkboards and whiteboards. Basically, the screen of your computer is projected on the smart board, which you can operate by touch. It is an interactive tool that enlivens the classroom through showing an interactive website or quizzes. But it’s more than just a screen; students and teachers can create their own interactive pages and exercises for it, broadening the possibilities.
Here’s an excerpt from a good article from Canada that gives you a pretty good idea about smartboards:
“Stawamus Elementary is the only school in Squamish that is close to replacing all its regular blackboards with Smart Boards, an interactive tool that enlivens and the classroom and enriches both teachers and students. Smart Board operates much like a personal computer or like an iPad, only bigger. Teachers can move images and words with a simple touch of a finger, add video and audio to their lessons, save, retrieve, and share information with other classes. And once connected to the internet, every lesson can bring the world to the classroom with the proverbial click of a mouse.
The technology is spreading irresistibly, and even if you don’t have it in your school yet, trust me, it's coming soon! A lot of you already contact us saying that you’d like to share smart board resources on iSL, and you’re right! We should be able to share them, since they will soon be as basic as Microsoft Word or Powerpoint.
Finally, here’s 2 videos to show you how excited children get with smartboard exercises:
So, if you’d like to share and download smart board exercises on iSLCollective, please support us! Also, please reply to this post, we'd love to hear about your experiences with smart boards.