Smart Board Lesson Plans
Key Points to Consider
You've got a new smart board
in your class and you want to write some
great smart board lesson plans
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Here are some points you should take into account when planning your
1. It won't do the work for you
A smart board will not make you a better teacher, and it won't do
everything for you. If anything, you need to think even more carefully
about your lesson plans when you have a smart board.
You should use it to enhance your lessons. You shouldn't use it just
because it is there.
2. A smart board isn't suitable for everything
There are many tasks that your students do that will not work on a
Individual work tasks will still need to be set and the smart board is
not suitable for individual work.
Think about the task you want to include in your lesson and the overall
objective. Will doing the task on the smart board improve students'
engagement, knowledge, or team work? If not, it is probably better to
find another way of doing it.
3. Remember, a smart board is interactive
If you are using a smart board as an alternative to a white board, or
even just running presentations on it, then you are not using it to its
Include some interactive tasks in your lesson; tasks which require
students to either come to the board to move things around, select
something or draw something.
Or tasks which require students to enter information or interact with
what's on the screen via other means such as keyboards, iPads or other
4. Think about the classroom layout
If you are using a smart board you need to consider the seating plan
for your lesson.
They don't work too well if there is direct light reflecting on them as
it makes them difficult to see.
If you also have a traditional white board, consider how students can
be seated to see both boards.
Also, make sure students have easy access to come and use the smart
board if you are involving them.
5. Look for resources online
Of course you can make your own smart board resources, but it can save
you a lot of time if you download them.
Interactive flash games
, presentations, videos
all available from teaching resources websites.
6. If you use the internet in a lesson, check the
Make sure you check all websites you plan to use during a class. You
need to make sure there are no inappropriate pop up advertisements and
that all links you need actually work.
It is also vital that if you are planning to use videos, for example
from YouTube, during a lesson, that you watch them first to make sure
they are appropriate.
7. A smart board is visual and aural
Don't neglect the audio capabilities a smart board with speakers can
give you. And if you combine the visual and audio capabilities of the
technology it becomes a great resource to use in project work.
For example, you could ask your students to create TV news shows, film
them and show them to the whole class for feedback and comments.
The smart board is a great resource for students to be able to see and
hear how they speak in English, and is also great for practicing
A help, not a replacement
A smart board can really help make your lessons more interesting and
effective but it is not a replacement for teacher involvement,
encouragement and input.
Smart board lesson plans that take this into account will be much more
successful than those which don't.
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