I've never been taught with a smartboard. I visited my old high school a couple years ago and I saw that my old physics teacher had one in his classroom, but not all the teachers had one. Judging from the article, is it kind of like making the whiteboard a big touch screen? I've said this before, young people feel the need to be entertained by fancy gadgets. I'm sure you can do some pretty neat stuff with the smartboard, but you can probably do a lot of interesting hands-on stuff with the students also. We are educators, not entertainers. I'm not condoning monotone teachers because they certainly are hard for anyone to pay attention to, I'm just saying when the students have more respect for a fancy gadget than for the knowledge and wisdom from the teacher I think it would be a hard classroom to manage.
Wow, this person was fired up about this topic. But I can't help to agree with him. Why spend so much money on a fancy overhead projector? And one lady said that you can't buy change. Progress takes time and America is such a quick fix society that people think they can just buy their way up. I believe it's contradictory to promote independent learning and discovering and then purchase something that promotes total lecture from the teacher. It would be like the early 1900s all over again with a fancier chalkboard. I'm sure for some subject material at some grade levels the smartboards would be alright if the school didn't mind spending that sort of money. But in higher grades where we want the students to be more innovated I think having a smartboard can hinder their own creative ideas.