Wednesday, January 12, 2011

SMARTBoard Lessons and Using Animation - Teachers Love SMART Boards

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Here’s a nice reminder for all of us regarding the use of animations in our daily lessons.  The principles are sound, whether you’re using SMART Notebook software, Power Point, or any other software.
  1. Animations CAN help add emphasis to important points and keep kids attention on a topic.
  2. Too much of a good thing can be counter-productive.
  3. Know your kids.  Sometimes animations can be detrimental to students with certain attention concerns or learning challenges.
  4. Avoid animating words that kids don’t know, especially if you have ELL students in the classroom.  Animations make the difficult task of learning language elements needlessly difficult for kids!
SMARTBoard Lessons and Using Animation - Teachers Love SMART Boards
If this post struck a chord, you might also be interested in this video:

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