SMART | Bringing subjects to life to inspire active learning with SMART
A SMART customer story with West Point School, France
Teacher and School
Catherine Chabrier, General Director West Point Lyon, France
SMART Solution SMART Board® MX series SMART Learning Suite
Located in the heart of the city of Lyon, West Point is a bilingual school where students spend half their time learning in English and half their time learning in French. Twenty-three teachers instruct 400 students at the kindergarten and elementary levels, and about 20% of the pupils are international students.
Expanding pedagogical possibilities
The school decided to explore putting EdTech in the classroom because they wanted to improve upon their teaching techniques and explore digital pedagogical possibilities, as well as motivate students by making learning more interactive. The school also wanted to keep pace with a generation of students comfortable using digital tools in every aspect of their lives.
Building confidence by experimenting without students
The challenge for Senselink, the local reseller, was getting teachers who were resistant to change comfortable using the SMART Board® interactive display and SMART Learning Suite (SLS) software. Senselink’s goal was to encourage a progressive and natural adoption of the solution in the daily pedagogy of the school.
After Senselink installed the first SMART Board, teachers were encouraged to experiment with the interactive display and SLS during break times. Teachers could try out features and integration with the iPad without worrying about performing or making mistakes in front of their students.
In SLS, it’s possible to write directly on top of existing content, such as in a PDF, as well as highlight specific passages.
Senselink organized three follow-up pedagogical sessions over the course of the school year, during which they were able to address any questions or issues that arose among the teaching staff, and ensure a continuous increase in competency among the teachers.
Moving beyond traditional learning
Easily moving between tasks and accessing web-based resources without stepping away from SLS or the SMART Board – or switching to another digital program – has changed the way West Point teachers run their lessons.
“I can no longer see myself going back to a traditional method of teaching,” Catherine says. “We have extensive and diverse resources and references that are available immediately.”
In the past, teachers would have to independently research answers to questions their students asked, often after class had ended. But they can now find the answer immediately, creating a more active learning environment.
A multimedia lesson, with no break in learning
The seamless way teachers could augment lessons without breaking flow became evident during a history class, a West Point teacher says. During the lesson about the Middle Ages, the students weren’t grasping the concept of how weapons could be made without machines. Instantly, the teacher was able to find and play a three-minute video on sword-making.
The school has agreed to continue installing SMART solutions in the years to come until each grade level is fully equipped. Teachers have removed all blackboards from their classrooms and have committed to teaching with SMART Board interactive displays.
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Source: Smart Technologies, Customer Stories, "Bringing subjects to life to inspire active learning with SMART", June 19th, 2019, https://www.smarttech.com/en/education/customer-stories/customer-stories/bringing-subjects-to-life-to-inspire-active-learning-with-smart