The 2009 CUE Conference’s keynote speaker was Robert Marzano. After forty-five minutes, Marzano had jam packed his keynote speech with data and support from his ongoing research for the use of technology and interactive whiteboards in the classroom. He partnered with Promethean Technologies in this study and here are some of the highlights of his findings:
The longer that you use an interactive whiteboard, the higher the gains and improvements
More specifically, the use of any technology increases when used about 75% of time (80%-90% of use decreases its effectiveness)
If the teacher has confidence in using the interactive whiteboard there are further increases in gains
He used the term “sweet spot”, referring to a teacher who has at least two years of experience in teaching and using the board 75% of the time which resulted in a 30% gain per student
Use formative assessment for the whole group
Must keep track of records over time
Students should track their own learning
Use a rigorous rubric based approach to learning overtime
The power of technology is inevitably the bridge that is leading students to acquire content. However, the underlying engine that drives and facilitates technology are teachers. Teachers need to be trained in the technology that they have been given and this includes interactive whiteboards. Every classroom is different, every teacher is different and every student is different, but the commonality is the technology which is the medium that allows all concerned to be successful!
Activstudio 3 is a wonderful piece of software that comes with the purchase of a Promethean Activboard. Some of you may have just received your Promethean board and your not sure where to begin. Sure, you can start writing on the board and even begin to bring in a few shapes or text but you want more, so did I! What I’m about to explain is an easy way to get you and your students started in just minutes.
Note: that when un-checking the background box, at times it converts back. Simply go back and un-check the background box.
There you have it! A revealing flip chart template. Move the math question from the left to the right and it will magically disappear and the answer will appear in the blue section. You can use this template to further be creative and add objects, multiple backgrounds and much, much more! Have fun with it. If you have any questions leave a comment or e-mail me. I am glad to help!
If you are more of a visual person, click on the tutorials tab for a video enhanced explanation!
- Open Activstudio 3 Professional
- Click on your RESOURCE LIBRARY
- Click on the SHARED SHAPES ICON
- Expand shared shapes and click on SQUARES AND RECTANGLES
- Drag a HORIZONTAL RECTANGLE onto your blank flip chart (do this 3 times)
- Expand the rectangles so that they are all of equal size and so that they cover the entire flip chart and are connected
- Now, click on the first rectangle, from the color palette click on green and then click on the FILL TOOL icon (the bucket), move it over the first rectangle and click the space bar. The rectangle should have changed to green.
- Leave the second rectangle black
- Repeat step 7 for the third triangle, but change it to blue
- Double click on the first rectangle and click on the icon, OBJECTS TO BACK. Repeat this step for the third rectangle
- Double click on the second rectangle and click on the icon, OBJECTS TO FRONT
- Let’s add some text! Click on the TEXT TOOL (“T”) and move the cursor over the first rectangle, towards the top portion and click the space bar. An area for you to type and a text palette will open.
- On the text palette change the color to blue and type 1.23 + 0.02 = ?
- Press the space bar 7 times (or so), change the text color to green and type ? = 1.25
- Un-check the BACKGROUND box on the TEXT PALETTE
- Close the TEXT PALETTE