This webinar is hosted in English
Facilitating Pedagogy of Engagement with Smart Technologies by Dr. Ludmila Smirnova
New SMART Notebook™ collaborative learning software has been released for the Smart Board Interactive Whiteboard. It is a user-friendly tool enhanced with multimedia and Web 2.0 tools and resources with which teachers can create engaging lessons for both the conventional literacy skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking and the 21st Century skills of collaboration, interaction and problem solving. A dynamic tool, Smart Board also serves to reduce fear and complacency toward technology.
Session Rationale, Objectives
Smart Boards have been diffused into many school buildings without being infused into
the active exercise of pedagogy. Too often they are underutilized or even sit idle. We are fortunate that so many schools have made Smart Boards available. But the availability of equipment needs to be matched with training, application and advanced usage that approaches the equipment’s potential to assist effective teaching and learning.
This session will introduce participants to the functions, features, and tools of the new Notebook 11. The attendees will learn how to use SMART Notebook™ collaborative learning software and the SMART Board™ interactive whiteboard, how to add sound and visual elements to create and deliver lessons and how to generate student interest in the lesson, enable student participation in active learning, teach students to gather and organize ideas, encourage students to discover knowledge relationships for themselves and promote cooperation on solving problems using the Smart Board™ interactive whiteboard. As a result of this workshop, participants will learn how to expand the boundaries of the classroom by connecting students to outside resources and collaborating classrooms, benefit from shared lesson ideas and resources and modify existing online content for their needs.
Dr. Ludmila Smirnova is Professor of Education at Mount St. Mary College in Newburgh, N.Y., where she has taught for the past 10 years. At the Mount, she offers courses in Curricular Planning, Methods of Teaching and Teaching with Technology and serves as counselor to Kappa Delta Pi, the International Honor Society in Education. She has become increasingly recognized for her leadership in the application of emerging Internet technologies to education. She has run numerous workshops on the application of Smart Technologies (e.g., Smart Board) and of Web 2.0 tools to the college and primary/secondary classroom.
Prior to coming to the Mount, Dr. Smirnova was visiting professor at Ramapo College of N.J. for two years. In her native Russia, she was professor of education at Volgograd State Pedagogical University, where she also served as Dean of the School of Foreign Languages. During her 25-year Russian career, Dr. Smirnova was known for her work in innovative approaches to teaching. She pioneered the reintroduction of Montessori education in southern Russia; a Montessori trainer in both the American and European approaches, she has run seminars and training programs for Montessori teachers in Russia and the U.S. Also in Russia, she played a key role in creating a model Ecological Gymnasium and other experimental “charter schools.” With her Ph.D. and Masters students, she additionally undertook a major program of comparative study on successful educational innovation; an interest that has continued after her move to the U.S.
Beyond the seventy books and other publications based upon her work in Russia, Dr. Smirnova has written for and presented to a growing list of professional audiences in the U.S. and abroad. She has conducted numerous workshops and seminars on Web 2.0 “Read-Write-Create” technologies, including Moodle and Smartboard training on-line and in colleges, public schools and conferences in the U.S., Europe, and Mexico. She is a co-designer and co-facilitator of the Moodle for Teachers workshops at IT4ALL Integrating Technologies for Long Life Learning.