What is it?
SMART exchange is a website where you can search different lessons created by teachers using SMART notebook. This is more specifically for the teachers that have access to a SMART board but you can preview the entire presentation in which you can get an idea of how to teach a subject.
This website does provide a variety of resources in many subjects including math, social studies, English, and business.
A look at some of the different presentations available:
The “Economic Basics: Supply and Demand” (see picture above) is a SMART Notebook presentation and questionnaire that tests students understanding of supply and demand. This uses features such as clicking on an answer and then it moves to a particular slide depending on whether or not the right answer was right or wrong. This fits into the Economics curriculum.
The “Problem Solving: Debt Management” is a presentation that checks students’ understanding of aspects of loans, how to generate an amortization schedule, and provides scenarios in which students must come up with a solution to the problem. This presentation uses the SMART response clicker feature where students are given a keypad and must push the button that corresponds to the right answer. Once completed, the teacher can view everyone’s responses in different ways including a pie chart and bar graph. This fits into the Life Transitions 20/30 curriculum.
What do I like about SMART Exchange?
- Provides curriculum outcomes for every grade in every province in Canada but for a few subjects including math, social sciences, science, and English.
- User friendly.
- If you download the presentation, you can edit it to meet your outcome, or you can just download and use it the way it is.
- Mostly made by teachers to help accomplish curriculum outcomes.
- Presentations use neat features that you cannot find with Prezi or PowerPoint.
- Interactive and engaging presentations.
- Provides previews before downloading in case you don’t like the presentation (or don’t have SMART Notebook).
- Don’t need an account (unless you’re uploading a presentation to the site).
- Provides presentations in case you want to create your own and don’t know how and how to use different features of SMART Notebook.
What do I dislike about it?
- Like slideshare, I had problems finding presentations that matched what I was searching.
Where does this fit into the curriculum and how would I use it?
This fits in just about every curriculum (ex. I’ve shown Economics and Life Transitions). This is a great way to engage your students and get them involved in their learning.
In a classroom, I could use these presentations at any time (even if I made my own SMART presentation) to either introduce or develop a topic or I could also use it to test students understanding of a topic by using the different question features this technology provides.
Evaluation of SMART exchange.
Overall, SMART exchange is a very resourceful website where teachers can “borrow” other teacher’s presentations. It is engaging for the students and could get the students involved in their own learning. I would definitely use some of the resources from this website in my own actual classroom.
If I had to give this website a numerical value, I would give it a 8/10.