I just finished Chapter 2 of my preCalculus for 11th graders (as you can see above)! This class was recently created to prep the students for AP Calculus AB in their Senior year, so I have to go through the traditional preCalculus topics a little quicker than normal so as to have a bit of time to intro Calculus in May and June!
I got into a little disagreement this week on the AP Calculus listserv (mailing list, EDG, ehatever you want to call it) over SmatBoards and the use of Smart NoteBook. It all started with someone posting something about their school getting a ton of SmartBoards all of a sudden with no inservice training. Another post replied with how important training was. So, once again, my advice to you is, "don't drink the Koolaide, folks!"
Yes, I use Smart Notebook everyday in every math class I teach, but any pen app that exports to PDF will do (see xournal)
Yes, I have used Smart Recorder, but any screencasting software will do (see http://screencast-o-matic.com)
Yes, I use a Smart Airliner Slate, but any wireless tablet or remote mouse will do (see wacom)
Yes, I have used a wireless mic, but I prefer an integrated mic on my laptop or PC.
Yes, I have used TI-SmartView, but any emulator will do (see VTI)
Yes, I have used Windows, but I prefer Linux (see ubuntu)
What am I talking about? I use all this stuff to screencast for youtube (again, as seen above). I put all my recordings on youtube for students to review a topic they find troubling or to view a class they missed due to illness or what have you. I don't advocate the use of any sort of Interactive White Board except as a replacement of my whiteboard/blackboard. I never have, nor will I ever prepare power point style presentation before class. I do all my notes in class and record them on the fly! I don't see the need of all the bells and whistles in Smart Notebook unless you want to emulate manipulatives for elementary school students. We're teaching High School, people! The benefit of all this technology is simply for the purposes of recording the classroom experience for posterity (or absent kids)!
Then someone replied all offended saying something about adopting some kind of standard by installing only SmartBoards or PrometheanBoards is important. How else can the administration provide adequate inservice training?