So...I totally love my smartboard. My kiddos love it-we use it all of the time. When I first got it I was having trouble explaining to my class that they needed to leave space for learners to come up and touch the smartboard. They were so super excited about the magic of the board-they could not hold themselves back.
That is where the stage came into play. It is just a carpet runner that I lay in front of my smartboard. The class makes their rows just behind it during our large group lessons. Now there is always plenty of space for friends to come up front and work.
I also love to give directions from the stage. My class knows if I am on the stage...they need to be listening!