Teachers, administrators, parents...Read in my blog post Interactive Whiteboards – When does the “tipping point” become a plateau? about how two inspiring Massachusetts teachers are using their interactive whiteboards. I'd love to hear your responses and ideas.
I identify with Julie Klipfel, who's in the first generation of teachers whose own education included using SMART Boards! When I was in high school, foreign-language teachers would use interactive whiteboards while translating short stories and other text into English as a class: with the original foreign-language text projected on the SMART Board, students would go up to the board one at a time and translate the text aloud into English, crossing out the foreign-language words as they went along. This approach was really helpful for understanding grammar structures and making in-class translation go more smoothly.
One of the coolest things that I have seen lately is differentiation with the interactive board. The teacher had squares labeled 1, 2, 3 and the student choose which one they wanted, knowing each one linked to a harder question. The students had fun challenging themselves. It could also be done with the student knowing which number they should choose. Just one idea, great discussion. I know I don't use mine to its full potential so hope to hear more great ideas
If one is good, two are better. I love it!!!
I know, everyone out there is thinking...if I could only have one interactive whiteboard. It is innovative users like Jeffrey's Social Studies teacher who give all of us a vision of the future.
I'm sure his students enjoy his classroom presentations.
If you are looking for free interactive software or tips for using interactive whiteboards, you can find valuable resources on The Whiteboard Blog post--Interactive Whiteboards #101: A Short Primer. Danny Nicholson, who authors the blog, is an educator, science teacher, ICT Consultant, PGCE lecturer, author and Web2.0 / SMART Masters/ Interactive Whiteboard Trainer.
His post provides links to additional interactive whiteboard blogs and resources.
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