One smart capstone: a resource guide for smart board users





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Best practice teaching strategies support students with multiple learning styles and promote higher-order thinking. Federal No Child Left Behind legislation requires technologically literate students by the eighth grade. Effective classroom use of interactive whiteboard technology is a means to reach educational goals and motivate student learners. Teachers and students benefit from the dynamic medium that can be used to share, create, and acquire knowledge. However, expensive technological investment without proper training is careless. Inadequate training opportunities and resources can lead to educator resistance, underutilization, and ineffective teaching. Over fifty thousand dollars will be invested in SMART Board technology in one suburban elementary school for the upcoming school year. Only two out of approximately 70 staff members have received formal interactive whiteboard training. The creation of a resource guide for new SMART Board users will be the primary reference source for the year-long training and staff development opportunities.

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