Integration of Smart Board

Professional Development Workshop (SLO 1,3,5)

Professional Development Workshop Plan - ISTE-C 6a

Workshop Description and School Mission

Standards: ISTE 1a, 2a, 4b, 3c; MSIT 2,4,6; NYSED ETS 0004

This professional development is designed to give teachers information on how to integrate the technology of the Smart Board into their daily lessons. Teachers will learn to navigate the tools of the Smart Notebook program as well as how to engage their students in hands on learning opportunities of using digital manipulatives and resources. The teachers will explore, through primary source materials and digital artifacts, the continuum of thought that frames the past, present, and future understanding of instructional technology within educational contexts of the school community.

Our school’s mission is to provide a rich diversity of academic and social experiences that beckon students, parents and staff and inspires them to become meaningful contributors to society. In order to work toward our mission we set strategic goals each year and these are widely distributed and highlight avenues for participation by representatives of the whole school community. Additionally, we have a strong commitment to the use of technology within classrooms via means of SMART boards and laptops, purchased to engage students in high interest activities such as interactive movements of math tools, to visually formulate and express math equations, thus engaging students in meaningful work. Technology will allow access of various learning styles and alternative perspectives of learning, to aid in improvement of academic outcomes.

Expectations and Goals

The goal is for technology in the classroom to enhance student understanding, develop mathematical skill and reason, and increase student achievement. Teachers throughout the building are equipped with Smart Boards and classroom laptops. However, they aren't all aware how to efficiently utilize these resources. Through this technology, candidates can be working on skills they need to personally develop and have access to resources to motivate the learning process and stamina in their classrooms.

Required Materials & Equipment

Teacher's Pacing Calendar (Content area of their choice)

Curriculum/ Lesson Plans (teacher selected)

Group Work

Laptops (with Smart Notebook installed)

Smart Board

Internet Access / wifi

*PLEASE B.Y.O.D. (bring your own device)*

Smart Exchange

Teacher Created Smart Board Lessons and Activities can be searched for here :)

Workshop Agenda

Session 1: 10/19- How can I use the basic tools within Smart Notebook?

Teachers will become familiar with the basic tools within Smart Notebook.

*tool bar at top *add/delete/clone page *how to add type text. *undo/redo button *write text with pen *eraser trick *magic pen- spotlight *shapes and lines* shape pen- recognizes your drawn shape as “shape” *lines and rays *fill background /shape/lines

Session 2: 11/16- Teachers will continue to practice and familiarize oneself with Smart Notebook. *search through gallery * images from internet * resize object *order of objects *object animation*eraser to reveal text *clone/infinite cloner *group objects *lock/unlock * copy/paste from internet * capture tool *saving a slide into My Content

Session 3: 12/14- Teachers will learn some tips and tricks to use while creating their own Smart Board Lessons using Notebook.

*add tables *text or add images directly in *align screen *lined paper/primer paper/tracing letters & numbers * shade * dual screen & screen sizes * simple smart board activities * sort games

Session 4: 1/11- Teachers will continue to practice applying skills they’ve learned through the course of this Professional Development within their own Smart Board Lessons. They will also explore additional website that can be easily used with their classes.

Session 5 Teachers will learn how to make interactive games via Smart Notebook for their own class.*spinner * Sort * Vortex * Dice * timers * Notebook files and pages options *

Session 6: Teachers will explore how to insert media onto their Smart Notebook.

* Screen Capture * Insert tools *

Session 7: Teachers will learn how to create a Template slide.

* Creating * Grouping * Locking * Add to Gallery * Accessing from My Content *

Session 8: Teachers will spend time, practicing the various tools they’ve learned to use in preparing their own Smart Board lessons.

Session 9: Teachers will share some tips, tools, and ideas they’ve gathered and tried. What has worked well? How has the student engagement changed with use of technology? What follow up questions and concerns are there?

Outcomes & Assessment of learning (ISTE 4a, 4b)

The overall goal of this professional development is for teachers to develop an understanding of using technology in the classroom. The goal of this course is to help candidates learn about new technologies and approaches to that can be applied to the improvement of teaching and learning specifically with use of the Smart Boards.

Methods of Assessment:

Formative: On going assessments for checking understanding (Self Rating Systems, post –its, interactive posts (padlet), online platforms for surveys (google forms), Exit Slip- Post before you go! (Google Drive: Save and Share)

Summative: Candidates will share one of their best Smart Notebook slides (any content area).

Samples artifacts that will be the result of workshop activities

Teacher Created Slides for Lessons,

Diagrams/ Webs

Smart Board Stations/ Group Work,



Workshop Evaluation Instruments (ISTE 4c; MSIT 3; NYSED ETS 0005)

Post Workshop Plan

Standards: ISTE-C 1d, 2a, 4c, 6b; MSIT 1, 5, 6, 10, 12; NYSED ETS 0002

Post-workshop, teachers will continue to have access to the online posting boards to communicate with myself and their colleagues who participated in the workshop.Teachers and colleagues will be able to turnkey strategies they've learned and use these tips when creating their own interactive learning materials. Teacher evaluation of use of technology in the classroom will increase as well as student learning and engagement.

D. Pipolo Personal Development Plan

Before beginning my studies in the Instructional Technology Master's Program with New York Institute of Technology, I had a growing interest for using technology in the classroom. Although my interest was high, my knowledge for technology platforms did not match. So far I have learned about several engaging and interactive resources and ways to create tutorial videos, something I had always wanted to do. Most importantly I’m learning how to open the walls of my classroom to the online world. My knowledge has been expanded, enhancing my perspective of various ideas I could offer to my students to deepen their creativity, motivation, collaborative efforts, knowledge and academic success.

One step of my personal development is to complete the Instructional Technology Master's Program within New York Institute of Technology and receive certification for this area of Educational Science. For the rest of my time at NYIT, I plan to keep an organized reference of all the resources we use throughout our coursework. I have used so many fabulous and engaging Techbytes this semester but forget to utilize half of them. This plan will not only enhance my growth but essentially the growth of my students and colleagues, as I share my learning with my PLC (Professional Learning Community).

Edutopia ( has several research articles regarding teacher development and how essential it is to improving student learning and achievement. “Developing systems that support teachers in sustained professional learning and refinement of teaching practice is perhaps the single most important way to promote student learning and educational opportunity in schools or districts.” (Vega, 2013) Taking this into consideration with information from the UFT and AFT, I hope to grow my professional development skills to be tools of practicality, collaborative and that of which provides colleagues with resources they can use immediately.

This school year (2015-2016) I am facilitating this after school Professional Development on using the Smart Board (beginner level). Teachers who have signed up for this workshop come with creative minds, wanting to see how I had been using it for the math periods and how they could learn to use it. I had began my focus with math because research showed it helped "to demonstrate complex concepts, helping students understand the concepts more quickly and easily". (*3) In the past two sessions, I have taught my colleagues basic tools and some "tricks" to make their lessons interactive and enticing. I followed a guided practice method, of "this is what I'm going to teach you - watch me - now you try". While this is the method Teacher's College sets up for teaching reading and writing, it really was effective with teaching the process of interactive lesson creation. The teachers responded well with this hands on approach, and continue to post questions and feedback on our Padlet board ( I hope to enhance my skill of coaching teachers and working within the school Professional Learning Community, by continuing to attend workshops and seminars myself.

A few years ago, as i was completing my first Master's Degree and I hosted a quick workshop at St. Thomas Aquinas College's Literacy Extravaganza on Technology in the Classrooms. The ideas and resources that were available then are minuscule to what we are capable of now. I would love to present again in the future, to demonstrate newer features and highlights of using technology with our students. Studying to become a teacher and then joining the field a few years ago, I knew that I signed up to be a lifelong learner. While this Master’s program is part of my plan for lifelong learning, post graduation I hope to continue within a Professional learning community. I plan to attend further Professional Development Workshops and Seminars outside of my school with support from my principal as well as weekend or summer events. Not to be juvenile but Dr. Seuss says “The more you read, the more you know, the more you know, the more places you’ll go”. I believe this to be true. The more you know, the more you can grow.

Works Cited:


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5. Vega, V. (2013, January 3). Teacher Development and Leadership Research Review. Retrieved November 28, 2015, from