I finally got to use a Smart Board today.
For reasons that I truly do not understand, I have somehow made it through 4 years of full time teaching without ever getting my hands on a Smart Board. I have made do with your usual Dumb Boards, both white and black, and with all of their flaws and issues, not even thinking that the technology could possibly live up to the hype.
But all it took was 15 minutes of goofing around with one of these things to realize that I have been missing out. My teaching has been Palaeolithic up until this moment. I might as well have been drawing diagrams with burnt sticks on rock walls.
Please see the following chart for further proof.
Do you remember that scene in The Matrix: Reloaded where the operators of Zion’s defence system were sitting in a white room, dragging images on invisible interfaces with the touch of a finger? Of course you don’t, because that movie was ultimately very forgettable, and didn’t hold a candle to the first Matrix.
But if you were to go watch it again and look for that scene amidst the blundering dialogue and D-grade acting, you would see something like what I experienced today: a future of gigantic touch screens and intuitive programming and the ability to drag a picture of George W. Bush from the internet, drop it on the board in your classroom, and draw a moustache and glasses on him to make him look stupid.
Which I did.
And it was awesome.