The first day of my ETV adventure was a full day SMARTBoard Workshop. I have had a SMARTBoard in my library for a long time, but I have never really felt that I use it the best way I can. I do use the projector a lot to show presentations or short videos and we do lots of interactive things too, but they are mostly games from the web that I find to go along with the books we are reading. This past year, I think I did a better job of really trying to create lessons with the Notebook software (I created some rhyming word stuff for my Kindergarten classes, integrated more of the Flash games in the gallery to check for understanding and to lead discussions, created some assessments using SMART response), but I always knew there was more I could be doing, so I was excited when I found out there would be a full day SMART workshop at ETV.
While a lot of the workshop was geared towards folks who have not used a SMARTBoard before (or maybe just a few times), I learned a lot of tricks that I will use next year. For example, we learned a lot about layering objects to create a sort of “magic trick” to check answers when you are asking students questions. We also learned of some great resources for locating SMART lessons. I will share those resources at some point (on the hub’s mac – not work laptop right now).
So, there you have it! My ETV Workshop experience! I did not go to Wednesday’s workshops because I had some other things I needed to do, but I learned a bunch and am ready to share with my teachers and students!
Speaking of teachers and students – teachers go back on Wednesday and students a week later! Summer is OVER! ACK!