Ellen, I am our district's technology integration specialist (district size
appx 350 K-12). Two years ago I purchased 4 portable Interwrite boards with
projectors on carts w/laptop for easy mobility. One Interwrite board per
building. Teachers love them, but for the ease of an easy projection screen.
They generally sign up for the boards so they can use the projectors. A
small handful of teachers really use the boards, most don't bother.
Frustrating! I use it a lot in my elementary room - I set it up & put up an
interactive website (don't have it right off hand, but my favorite one
allows students to create collages). I use this as a center in my TAB
At the high school I don't have room. I have 2 42" plasma TVs, document
camera, laptop cart, a large variety of cameras & video cameras & scanners.
Because of the TVs I don't have or need a projector since I just flip a
switch & everything on my computer shows on the TVs. Before spending $$$ on
technology I really think you need to look at your personal teaching style.
If you are going to have to radically alter the way you teach in order to
include the new tech stuff you probably won't use it. However, if the tech
stuff will enhance what you are already doing then it is worth every cent. I
will say that if I do purchase more interactive boards I will go with the
bar that attaches to a standard whiteboard. It is a lot less money & takes
up almost no space.
3-12 Kansas Art Teacher
HS Digital Communications
Technology Integration Specialist
> Now I am wondering if there were any schools drifting away from
> smartboards for the mobility and flexibility (uses, number of users,
> location) of smaller, newer technology.