Title: Smart Boards Leaving Chalkboards in the Dust
Research Question: I would like to research how technology has changed what’s going on in classrooms in the United States from the 1950s to today. Particularly, I would like to focus on how and why chalkboards have been replaced by Smart Boards in the United States. In addition I would like to see how teachers and students feel about this. Has this transition improved learning, sparked interest for students, etc? I first thought about Smart Boards replacing chalkboards when I talked to my sister back in Brooklyn, New York. She is currently in her senior year of high school (she goes to a small, all girl, Catholic school). She was telling me how now most of the math teachers are using Smart Boards instead of chalk boards. When I left that school in 2010 I remember a few math teachers using Smart Boards.
Why? I think this is important to research about because we are living in an age where technology is taking over. I wanted to see how technology is doing in classrooms. I could have chosen computers, but I feel that I know less about chalkboards and Smart Boards. I want to become a math teacher and so it would be nice to know how the instruments teachers use are changing.
Research Strategy: I first went to the Trinity College Library homepage. Then I looked under Trinity Online Resources (TOR) and looked under Educational Studies. Then under the results, I looked under “News.” I then went to Lexis Nexis Academic and typed in “chalkboards and smartboards in secondary education” in the search box and looked under Newspapers.
I used Google for the rest of my search. I typed in things like:
Chalkboards and Smart Boards in the U.S.
From Chalkboards to Smart Boards
Books on chalkboards and white boards
History of chalkboards
History of Smart Boards
For the last 2 searches, “History of Chalkboards” and “History of Smart Boards” I went to the Wikipedia page, not with the intention of using Wikipedia as a source, but to look at what sources they cited. I then looked at ones I thought were appropriate.
“About Blackboards – Blackboard Technology and Chalkboard History Advances.” Ergo in Demand, n.d. http://www.ergoindemand.com/about_chalkboards.htm.
(This source talks about the history of chalk boards).
Baburajan, Rajani. “Education Technology News: U.S. the Largest Adopter of White Boards: Smart Technologies.” TMCnet.com, July 20, 2009. http://education.tmcnet.com/topics/education/articles/60232-us-largest-adopter-white-boards-smart-technologies.htm.
(This source shows an interview with Terry Wason, manager, CEE, Russia and India. This source talks about how Smart Boards are becoming very popular in the United States.)
Bader, Daniel. “From Chalk Boards to SMART Boards: Local Schools 2.0.” Http://www.uticaod.com, February 24, 2012. http://www.uticaod.com/business_review/x1353887340/From-chalk-boards-to-SMART-boards-Local-schools-2-0.
(This source talks about how technology is being used in the classroom.)
“Georgia Pacific Newsroom – UPDATE: From Chalkboards to Smartboards.” Georgia-Pacific News, December 21, 2011. http://www.gp.com/newsroom/newsarticle.asp?newsid=9460.
(A generous donation was allowed for classrooms in Choctaw County to get Smart Boards. This source talks about how Smart Boards will help students.)
Kuster, Judith. “No More Chalkboards: Interactive Whiteboards.” American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA), August 30, 2011. http://www.mnsu.edu/comdis/kuster4/part100.html.
(This source talks about the benefits professors have in using Smart Boards).
Liebrecht, Deia. “West Area Gets Smart With Technology.” TheLedger.com, November 27, 2007. http://www.theledger.com/article/20071127/NEWS14/711270453.
(This source talks about the benefits Smart Boards have for students.)
Manzo, Kathleen Kennedy. “Whiteboards’ Impact on Teaching Seen as Uneven.” Digital Directions, January 8, 2010. http://www.edweek.org/dd/articles/2010/01/08/02whiteboards.h03.html.
(Advocates and a couple critics of Smart Boards talk about how they feel about them).
Miller, Patty. “LexisNexis® Academic & Library Solutions.” Lexis Nexis, December 20, 2010. http://www.lexisnexis.com/hottopics/lnacademic/?
(This is source is about a public school’s transition to using Smart Boards. The procedures of making the change is talked about. The cost is talked about as well.)