As students interact with digital content and multimedia, in a multi-person learning environment student engagement occurs. Interacting with the touch sensitive large screen of the SMART board appeals to both the intrinsically motivated students who readily volunteer to demonstrate knowledge on the board and the extrinsically motivated students who are enticed by the “wow” factor of the technology.
Additionally current educational theories are grounded in the notion of the social learner and that student engagement is a key component of knowledge construction. International research proves “interactive whiteboards promote students engagement” (Cox, et al 2003).

Proper integration of the Interactive SMART board into lessons meets the needs of various types of learners and help with the multi sensory learning needs of a wide array of students.



Students
Benefit from
With short term memory issues
Bringing life to words with color and sound
With ADHD
Smart Board as a behavioral control mechanism
Who are visually impaired
The large size of the Smart Board
Who are tactile learners
Learning through touch and movement on the SMART Board
Who are visual learners
Seeing their own writing and creations
Who are English language learners
Manipulation of words to match images or passages