Bexley City School District teachers shared their expertise at the recent SmartEd Services' annual eTech Connection conference in downtown Columbus.

Bexley City School District teachers shared their expertise at the recent SmartEd Services' annual eTech Connection conference in downtown Columbus.

Teachers Rachel Niswander from Maryland Elementary and Sara Resek from Cassingham Elementary shared lessons featuring some of their students. Niswander and Maryland teacher Julie Blossom presented SMART Board Web sites for the elementary classroom.

This is the second year Resek has had a SMART Board in her classroom. She said she was lucky enough to have the technology before the Bexley Education Foundation awarded an impact grant to install them in every classroom.

Resek said students are more engaged in the classroom with the SMART Board and volunteerism has increased.

"It has also been great to allow kids to share (the SMART Board) to make presentations in the classroom," she said.

SMART Boards have opened the door to collaboration among teachers, Resek said, because it is easier to create lessons with colleagues.

Blossom's presentation was aimed at showing other educators the benefits of SMART Boards.

"People get a little nervous about the technology," she said. "Our goal was to give Web sites you immediately put into the computer and kids can start working tomorrow."

She said that is where teachers get bogged down, creating new lesson plans when there is no need to reinvent the wheel.

Blossom said her SMART Board has become an integral part of her teaching.

"I couldn't live without it," she said. "I told someone the other day I don't know how I taught everyday math before the SMART Board."

Blossom uses the SMART Board to display math book pages so she can work problems with her students. Using the SMART Board for language arts allowed her to model letter writing and teach students how to address an envelope.

Students line up to play games on the SMART Board during free time, she said.

"It made the largest impact in my classroom, more than anything else I can think of," she said.

Niswander said her presentation at the conference included typical classroom lessons with Maryland Elementary students. There were lessons in social studies, math and language arts. Teachers demonstrated how the students and teachers are using the technology.

Bexley is the only school district in Ohio with at least 10 certified SMART Board trainers, Niswander said.

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