I have been using the Smartboard, or mine is called an ActivBoard (different software company), since 2006. I love it! The image quality is only as good as your projector. If your district/school purchases cheap projectors, you will have a poor color quality. Also the projectors need good bulbs! I got a new bulb two years ago and the difference was amazing. A dark room, lights out also helps. I use the software to create "powerpoint-type" presentations. You can imbed videos, create games, do practice quizes, allow students to draw over art images, and use a ruler for straight lines. Like anything, it takes practice and training. If you use an ActiveBoard, log into Promethean.com and you can even download art images and presentations others have made. Hope those who like to engage the 21st student, use this tool. I learn more every year! Our students are given their parents ipads or phones to entertain themselves when they are toddlers. Kids love working on the activeboard!
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I don't use 'clickers' -- but I do have students use the board for
identifying and marking their interpretation of how the artist use
design principles/elements (in both my art and photography classes).
It helps when students are logging onto our new photography website
-- signing up and posting their images for discussion...
Great of PowerPoints and Prezi's ...
Hope this helps -- but remember LUMENS -- my art room has no windows
(I'm enjoying the same air that was left from last June...) and my old
projector is barely luminous enough to view work in total blackness...
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