A lot of the tools that are used in the IWB software are really similar to that of Microsoft’s paint and Adobe’s Photoshop/ illustrator’s tools and layers . This was something that I had a weird interest/ connection toward. However, One thing I really struggled with during this lesson was Pownell’s golden rule of always locking objects to prevent leaving your workspace cluttered. I wasted some time in the process of learning this rule. Trying to arrange things on the same layer leaving them close together could be nearly impossible.
Something that I wish I had learned more about is the rubber band tool. I like the concept of it, but am still somewhat unsure about how it could be put to use or maybe more cool examples of things that could be done with these tools. I also really enjoyed the access of inserting math/game/etc. tools. This helps to involve the students in their own learning process and to see their own successes or to work as small teams within the classroom.
Dragging and dropping answers into containers to check and see if they’re correct or using different tools to accomplish the same task in a more efficient way, such as, using an eraser tool and layers rather than the magic reveal, or using the action browser to set certain shapes or images to be associated with a certain action to have students check answers, lead them back to the instructions page, etc. These are all subjects within the iwb course foundation that I feel like I took away about a four and a half on a “Fist to Five” comfort scale. I would like to spend more time learning this tool and getting to be more efficient with its use.