How can interactive whiteboards and their software solve problems in your classroom?
- Meet IEP’s without the use of an aide as a scribe
- Organize your daily lessons into as a digital plan book
- Absent students and then some! Easily share content with those outside the classroom
- Fun formative assessments
- Create producers of learning rather than consumers
1. Have students that require an extra copy of the notes given in class, but don’t have an aide in the classroom to supplement that students needs? Interactive whiteboards can solve this problem for you. Using an interactive whiteboard software (Download: SmartBoard, mimio, Promethean), you can scribe notes as you normally would on the board for your students, however, now all of the notes provided are easy to print off for students who need their own copy. Even better is that the softwares feature write-to-text conversions, which can identify some of even the poorest penmanship (trust me; I know!) and turn it into text so it is easy to read for the students following along or referring to it later. You also don’t have to waste valuable class time erasing when the board is filled with notes. You simply just have to add another page and start writing again. When the class period or day comes to an end, print the notes for those who need it and your set!
2. & 3. Don’t forget to save the notes as the topic learned or date and now you have a digital plan book that is easy to refer to for future planning. You can also share it with administrators or colleagues who are interested in what is happening in your classroom. These files can be converted or saved in a snap as other types of files as well to make them easy to share outside of school. Save them as an .html and you can post them online for students to use as a study guide. Print or save them as a .pdf and e-mail the lessons home to sick students or concerned parents. Some software even allows you to export as a .ppt, which could be embedded into an online resource like a blog, web page, or wiki.
4. & 5. Projecting the image of your desktop or laptop computer will allow you to move beyond just giving standard notes on the board. It allows you to implement interactive lessons into your curriculum, where the student moves from being the consumer to being a producer of their learning. It encourages student engagement as well as provides important opportunities for formative assessment. Using the interactive whiteboard software you can create lessons that require students to demonstrate the skills being taught. You will also be able to integrate online simulations and Flash demonstrations that can illustrate concepts much better than the average teacher’s free hand abilities. As you design lessons that use the interactive whiteboards and their software, ask yourself, “How can I get my students involved in this lesson and what is their role in my lesson for today?”
Interactive Lesson Example