Interactive whiteboards are an essential part of any modern classroom. They completely out-do traditional whiteboards. No longer is there the mess on students’ hands or expensive markers! Oh yeah, and projectors…are finally a thing of the past. But, the interactive whiteboard is not just an all-in-one hardware piece. It is also a door to new opportunities that the old technology did not give us. New ideas are thought up every day, so be sure to search around the internet and see what is out there. Here are a few that I have thought of or have found.
- Group Note Taking- As students pick through subject material, leave an empty template open on your interactive whiteboard. Then, as students find helpful hints or noteworthy facts, have them come up and write it in. By the end, you’ll have pages full of notes to easily print off.
- The online community of users is probably one of your best friends. Each interactive whiteboard comes with software that already has a user base. Each different company has an online medium for you and other teachers to share lessons and activities. PUT THIS TO USE. Even if you want to create your own, there are lots of good ideas out there.
- Interactive whiteboards allow for a whole new kind of review. Students often struggle to understand what they did wrong or how they started to think a certain way. Whiteboards give teachers the option to record what is happening on the board itself. With this feature, you can literally show a student what they were thinking and help them unravel their preconceived notion. I haven’t had the chance to do this, but I imagine it would be very helpful with math.
This is just the beginning of possible uses. Be creative and have fun with it.