making library instruction fun again
We just got a Smartboard here at MPOW. When I first heard about it I was underwhelmed. Why would we want to write on what we project onto our screens? Then I saw a demo of it and thought it was just the coolest thing ever, to be able to circle or draw arrows to links on our website, underline hours or important help tips on websites, or even just doodle while I was waiting for the class to show up. So I eagerly volunteered to be the first to teach with the Smartboard.
I'm not so sure it revolutionized the way I teach library sessions, but it was surely fun. And it was really neat to have the students actually ooh and ahh over what I was showing them. They were totally into it just because I could make it that much different for them.
I'll have to wait and see a few weeks until they are heavily researching to find out if their increased attention paid off with better retention. Probably the only additional message they got out of the session was that the library has really cool toys, and I'm okay with that.