I teach 2nd grade and I used both a calendar board and a Promethean flip chart this year. I am still not sure what the best solution is but here are my thoughts.
+'s of Calendar Board:
-Ease of use (no technology issues)
-Visually pleasing math display ( I have found that I really like having math reference materials up at all times for my students to refer to.)
-I love my calendar (because it's cute- I know this does not improve student learning but, it does improve my mood!)
-I refer to my board throughout my day and like having it up at all times.
Here are some pictures of my board last year:
I purchased a new place value chart for next year from Really Good Stuff and I am excited to add it to my board. Here is a picture of it:
+'s of Promethean Board:
-You can fit so many skills in a flip chart the possibilities are endless!
-It is quick and fast in that you just move things and write things very quickly.
-It integrates technology and the kids love that!
One of the reasons I ended up using the calendar board more was because I had some technology concerns with my current flip chart I used. What happened was I tried to be too cute and really should have simplified. I had all these great colors and things all over the screen and then when I put it up some things were hard to read due to my projector bulb slowly starting to die. My board was placed directly over our white board and therefore is pretty high creating a problem for students in reaching items at the top. I really want "need" a Promethean wand, does anyone have one? So I think if I redesigned my flipchart to include less colors or a better contrast and really make sure everything is low enough on the page that my kids can reach it I may be swayed to go back to the board. I am glad this post was posted because this is something I really need to ponder and wrap my mind around.
So...What are your thoughts? I am excited to see what others post!!