Using interactive now!Board technology in preschool and a give-away!

by Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. on February 27, 2012

in Give-Aways, now!Board Technology

Using interactive whiteboard technology is new to me so when I was offered up the chance to try out the brand new now!Board from Learning Resources, I didn’t even have to think twice before I said, “Yes!”…

The now!Board comes in a small box and has a little pouch to store the parts in. It is surprisingly very small and easy to set up for use. In just a few short minutes, I was able to set it up and give it my first try…

A now!Board can be used on any solid flat surface but it is recommended that you use a surface that wont get easily scratched like a dry erase board when using the stylus. However, if you use the wand, which looks like a hand, you can easily use the now!board on a wall or screen. For my first trial run, I set the now!Board up at home and used it on my kitchen wall (with the help of my little grandson)…

The now!Board lets you project an activity from your computer onto a flat surface then use the wand or stylus to move and manipulate the activity.  I was thrilled with addition of the wand to the now!board set of tools. The wand is very kid friendly and the little pointed finger is simple to use for selecting and guiding objects to move across the wall…

To use the now!Board, you will need a projector, a computer, and a flat surface to project on. I already had the computer and the projector so all I needed was to add the now!Board and was all good to go…

My young preschool friends over at Learning Time Preschool Geist (pictured in these photos) were excited about giving this a try with me…

I had the screen set up to be rather large which meant the children had to use their whole body to interact with the screen. I can easily adjust the height or size of the “screen” when I first set it up ( configure the screen) to use on the wall but for today – we went big!

The children had to learn to stand just a bit off to the side so their shadow would not get in the way of what they were doing or looking at. The children caught on quickly and were so focused on reaching for the paint, or digging the dirt, or watering the plants that they never even seemed to notice their shadows at all…

The very next thing I will need to do is research different websites that I can use to integrate the now!board into my own classroom. I can see so many possibilities.  When integrating any kind of technology into your classroom, it is always a good idea to connect the use of technology with real life, hands on activities. For example, we can use the now!Board to plant seeds in our virtual garden and then we can explore and plant real seeds in our classroom garden too…

Interactive technology like the now!Board can extend real life learning in many ways and keep the learning positive and fun in the process. I look forward to exploring all the amazing ways we can integrate the now!Board into what we are already doing in our classroom…

Learn more about the now!Board

You can learn more about the now!Board by…

Enter to win a $100 Learning Resources gift card

I would love to hear your thoughts about the now!Board and to give you an extra special reason to go and check it out, Learning Resources is giving away a $100 gift card today…

To enter the give-away…

  • Enter a correct and current email address when you leave your comment so that I can notify you if you win.
And that is all you need to do to enter this give-away!
However, if you would like to…
  • “Like” Teach Preschool on Facebook then come back here and leave a 2nd comment telling me that you “Liked” the Facebook page.
  • “Like” the now!Board Facebook page then come back here and leave a 3rd comment telling me that you “Liked” the now!board Facebook page.
You are welcome to do that as well.

Giveaway details…

  • This giveaway will be closed on Sunday, March 4th, 2012 by 10pm EST.
  • The winner will be announced on my blog on Monday, March 5th, 2012.
  • The winner of the giveaway will be notified by email and has 5 days to respond to my email with their contact information so I can forward the information to Learning Resources.
  • If the winner does not respond 5 days, a new winner will be chosen…
  • The gift card will be supplied by and sent to the winner by Learning Resources.
  • One winner will be chosen from the comment section below as the winner of the $100 gift card by Random Generator.

ENTRIES FOR THIS GIVEAWAY WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED BY EMAIL or COMMENTS ON FACEBOOK! YOU MUST COME TO THE BLOG TO LEAVE YOUR COMMENT! THANKS!

 

This give-away is void where prohibited by law.

A special thank you to my friends of Learning Time Preschool Geist for joining me today!

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