Check out Teachers Love Smart Boards for some great suggestions. In the blog post, SMARTBoards and Science NetLinks Interactive Activities, all the resources listed are Science NetLinks (Thinkfinity) resources.
The NCTM Illuminations site has a number of interactive activities that lend themselves well to use with interactive whiteboards and slates. They also work fine with a projector and "traditional" whiteboard. The relatively new resource, "Dynamic Paper," allows teachers or students to create graphs, shapes, tessellations, number lines, grids, etc. that work great interactively as well as in printed materials.
I taught in a high school which had 20 SmartBoards. We found that most interactives offered by Thinkfinity partners worked well with the SmartBoards. SmartTech also offers a number of resources for whiteboards at Smart Exchange.
We recently had Polyvision Eno boards installed. I use Thinkfinity's resources and the whiteboard on a daily basis. I've used it in Training other teachers as well as allowing students to come up and interact also. These whiteboards were made to engage students. They are made in Michigan. The whiteboards are made of steel and ceramic and very durable, with a lifetime warrenty. I have brought up hand outs on the board, using Thinkfinity as my search for worksheets and have handed a student the stylus pen to write the answers in the blanks. Students enjoy being engaged and the technology is made to withstand the use of a classroom environment.
A great hands on activity for students to do themselves on an interactive board is Read Write Think's Word Mover. This is only one of many interactives that encourage students to come up and literally put their hands on the board to engage the experience. There are two additional Word Mover options:
Be sure to take a look at the corresponding lesson plan The Magnetism of Language: Parts of Speech, Poetry and Word Play for ideas how to use this interactive in your classroom.
I have been working with math teachers over the past several years and have found the blend of Verizon Thinkfinity interactives and the Smartboard to be a perfect match for engaging students in the learning of math. I know it works for all curricular areas, but it seems to really give students that hands on, engaging exploration of math that is so important. I recommend visiting the NCTM partner, Illuminations, for wonderful learning activities for math. Some of the most often used activities include:
I will stop here but there is so much out there!!
This is not a link from Thinkfinity but SmartTech who created SMARTBoards offers some free lessons that can be downloaded from SMART Exchange--Music. Any time you see the words SMART Notebook Lesson, these are written for an interactive board. Some of the lessons are in Beta testing but available to download and try. EdCompass was a separate site writing lessons for SMARTBoards. However, SmartTech has combined this site with their own at http://smarttech.com/us/Resources/SMART+Publications/EDCompass. At this site, you can subscribe to the EdCompass free newsletter which always has lesson ideas for interactive boards.
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Here are some great interactives to use with the interactive Whiteboards for music from Thinkfinity:
There are many more, but these two are so engaging.
Here is another one to bookmark. It is one in a series of introductions to the instruments of the orchestra. Once you follow this link, look in the box to the right to find the links to the rest of the series.
I use the Smartboard and this great website "Thinkfinity" partner ArtsEdge-World Music. World Music is a great way to explore music, instruments and culture in different parts of the world, ARTSEDGE: Search
My favorite section is, "Andes Manta." Here you can work in conjunction with the classroom and art teachers to create activities for the SMARTBoard. Content areas to include are Geography- location of South and Central America as well as countries and Science- the rain forest. And, let's not forget Art- making rain sticks or instruments. Its great to add to our students knowledge about our differences in such a fun way! I'm sure you can explore this Thinkfinity resource, "World Music," and find many more ways to integrate core content areas, Technology and of course Music, enjoy!
Our music teacher uses these two interactives from ArtsEdge with her students (and they love it). She has an Epson Interactive Projector in her room, but we've used them on SMART boards as well:
(for recognizing notes)
(for understanding rhythms)
How exciting to be getting an interactive whiteboard! I taught with one for years and loved it! As for writing resources, I really like Doodle Splash. It allows students to draw pictures to help visualize text. As a group they could draw out a writing prompt or a piece of literature and then return to their seats to write about it.
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Thank you! I had heard of Doodle Splash but thought it was just a drawing activity. When I looked it up after reading your post, I was pleasantly surprised with all of the relevant activities for my sixth grade students. Unfortunately, my school year is three exam days away from summer break, so I cannot try it with students until September. It almost makes me wish the summer would hurry by so that I can try it ----- almost, but not quite! Thanks again!
Using an interactive whiteboard, especially a Smartboard, is great in the classroom. A helpful hint since the board displays your entire desktop and many interactives, games, applelets etc. cannot be resized, is to utilize the spotlight tool and size it to show only the content you wish students to focus on. Eliminating extraneous information helps students focus even more.
Recently I started using Thinkfiinity as a springboard for lessons and to enrich past lessons. Following a lesson I will create games to reinforce the content taught using Thinkfinity resources. Having this ability has made learning and teaching an exciting experience for myself and my students.
Our first grade teachers have a math and reading resource from Thinkfinity that they use on their SMARTboards as a reinforcement on a weekly basis.
For math they use:
ARTSEDGE: Whack a Note!- most recently for a symmetry lesson, but they find a lot of the manipulatives on this site useful. In some cases even when the lessons are targeted for older students, the manipulatives are helpful for the younger grades.
For reading they use:
depending on the needs of the reading group they're working with.
You may or may not have heard of this website, but it is one that many of the teachers I work with use on their SMART Boards.
At this link you can customize the content and then download the activity to use again and again. It is all flash player based, so just make sure your free flash player is up to date.
There are many useful tools and games like...jeopardy, flash card game, group maker and random number generator.
Last week I had a kinder class starting research on butterflies so used the The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Its Life Cycle - National Geographic Education resources with the smart board. Great movie, highlight vocabulary etc.
pwende mentioned that "now that many teachers have SmartBoards or similar tools, it begs the question 'what is best practice' in the use of these tools. Some use them to show movies, project student's works, take attendance, etc. Is there already some information out there on what is best practice. And, then, how is it communicated to teachers?"
Marc Johnson commented that there are a number of reports on "best practices" that can be found with a web search, many of which have been supported (even written) by a specific vendor of interactive white boards (IWB). Here is one list of potential uses that was created by a teacher with no particular brand of IWB in mind... http://www.edtechmag.com/k12/events/updates/make-the-most-of-your-interactive-whiteboard.html
Marc added that as a math teacher, "I am partial to the many activities in the NCTM Illuminations site that lend themselves very well to IWB use."
Wonderopolis is one of the Content Partners of Thinkfinity. They offer a Wonder of the Day question each day which is accompanied by a video, words to know, links to find more info, and engaging nonfiction text that can be used with any age. I have seen it used with K students but also all the way up to 12th grade students. It covers a wide range of topics too. I love showing the Wonders on the SMART or ActivBoard as well as the large monitors in some classrooms.
One of my favorite parts of it is that all the Wonders of the Day are categorized so you can search for one to match the content you are covering.
Here is a Wonder Bundle of Wonders of the Day related to STEAM topics: Wonder Bundles: STEAM - LiveBinder