Interactive Whiteboards

Interactive whiteboards are my second choice for a topic of interest for this weeks learning path. Fundamentally, an interactive whiteboard combines a dry erase whiteboard with an LCD projector.  Powered by easy-to-use software, the whiteboard becomes a computer screen viewable by an entire classroom. The projector projects the content from a computer onto the surface of the board while the teacher controls the content either with a pointer or a touch of the hand instead of a keyboard and mouse.  Research suggests that students learn better when they are fully engaged in multi sensory, hands-on learning.

Annie Teich found here states that classroom applications for  IWB include

  1. Multimedia lessons and presentations including audio and video
  2. Collaborative problem solving
  3. Showcasing student projects and presentations
  4. Virtual field trips
  5. Recorded lessons that can be used by substitute teachers
  6. Documentation of student achievement

Dr Mary Ann Bell outlines these reasons for using interactive whiteboards

  • Effectively displays demonstrations
  • Very colourful tool
  • Can accommodate different learning styles
  • Great for all ages
  • Assist with distance learning
  • One computer classrooms can be assisted to cater to all students
  • Constructivist educator, great for mind mapping and concepts (mind tools)
  • The boards are clean and attractive, no chalk residue
  • Extremely interactive
  • Can be used with other forms of technology to further enhance students learning
  • Kid magnet , very engaging and interactive
  • They can be used to to record, print and document all lessons and learning

This site has great tips for using IWB

Origo Education provides these 10 tips for IWB

I have used IWB (limited) and I believe they are a great teaching tool and really look forwarding to learning more about them and their uses in the classroom.  Hopefully during my professional experience I will get to use them extensively and learn new skills that will be invaluable to my teaching career.


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