Opportunities for integrating your SMART Board and an iPad
For teachers looking to use an iPad with their SMART Board interactive whiteboard, here are a few tips and tricks from peers to offer some ideas.
To enhance studentsâ€™ engagement with the lesson content, teachers should consider bringing up Google Docs on their SMART Board and having students open it on their iPads. Students can collaborate, edit and discuss the same document in real-time using the large display of the SMART Board to draw attention to specific areas.
Other SMART users have experimented with apps like Splashtop Remote Desktop, which allows remote control of a PC through an iPad. Teachers such as Glenn Cermak of Central Dauphin School District in Harrisburg, PA, have used it to connect classroom iPads to the PC connected to his SMART Board. This enables his students to interact with the content from their iPad and make notes, which appear on the SMART Board. While heâ€™s observed that the process still isnâ€™t totally seamless, experimentation such as such as this may provide the stepping stones for future integration between the two products.
Using cloud-based file sharing services with a SMART Board and the iPad also presents some interesting potential for classroom projects. Consider sending your students home with an assignment to take photos of spring flowers or something else thatâ€™s easily accessible around their house. They can each snap photos using their iPad 2 and upload them to the file sharing program Dropbox on the iPad. The next day they can pull the photos up on Dropbox on the SMART Board and easily drop the photos into SMART Notebook software to create an interactive presentation on local plants and discuss with the class and make notes.
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