A reflective description of how to use an interactive whiteboard to support learning.
Interactive whiteboards consist of three elements; a computer, a projector and an interactive whiteboard. They may be used in a variety of ways to support a child’s learning. Interactive whiteboards can be used for warm up activities, whole class teaching sessions, group activities, individual activities and plenary tasks. Interactive whiteboards are often used in schools as they cater for different learning styles including visual and audio, they engage and motivate children, helping them to concentrate and take an interest in the lesson as they can see what is being displayed on the interactive white board. They provide opportunities for children to get involved, this may also help to generate competition within the class. Finally, interactive whiteboards can give a lesson a clear structure and enable the teacher to increase the pace of the lesson.
There are five levels of interactive whiteboard skills that teachers should aim to meet. The first level which is known as the foundation level, this involves the teacher using the interactive whiteboard primarily as a presentation tool for power points and videos. In these lessons teachers often sit next to the computer controlling the interactive whiteboard using their mouse, they may occasionally get up to point to important concepts using a board pen, however they are unlikely to write on the board.
The second level of interactive whiteboard skills that teachers should aim to master is referred to as the formative level, this level involves teachers working mainly from the board, operating the computer functions using the board. If appropriate the teacher may invite students up to the board to participate in an activity. Teachers may often progress to and beyond this level if there is no flip chart or old board present in the classroom as it means that they only have the interactive white board to write on.
The third level is known as facility, teachers often begin to use the interactive white board more frequently and with greater ease since they have understood how to work the whiteboard. Teachers may begin to create and adapt resources using the skills and tools available on the interactive white board.
Level four is referred to as fluency, this involves teachers increasing their knowledge and exploring in order to acquire new skills and techniques. Teachers may actively look for new ideas and resources and then test them out.
The fifth level is called flying, to reach this level teachers must have a wide variety of of tools, techniques and student interactions. Teachers must be able to adapt and improvise in well structured lessons using the interactive white board, they must respond to signs of pupils’ interest or difficulty.
There are three main types of interactive whiteboard: Promethean board, SMARTboard and RM Easiteach.
Photographs from the session
This is an image of a game that I took in our interactive whiteboard seminar, the game involves a maze in which the animal tries to get to the worm. This game could be played individually on the interactive whiteboard as it involves technological skills and techniques.
This is an image of the Promethean planet registration page which I used to sign up to the website. The website allowed me to sign up for free and gave me my own personal license, I may be able to use this in the future when taking part in school experience or even when I am qualified.
Useful ICT Web links relating to interactive whiteboards
The above website is a great resource which could be used with the whole class, the teacher could display the website on the interactive whiteboard and could then invite children up to the board to press the make a word button, alternatively the teacher could ask certain children to pick a letter from the different categories. This website is fun, interactive, engaging and useful as it would help the children to learn phonics and to spell.
This website is a fantastic resource to show on the interactive whiteboard, again it could be used in whole class teaching or even in small groups. The website has a variety of different stories which engage children, the teacher could pick the well behaved children to choose a story. This resource could be used to calm the children down at the start of the day, the end of the day or after play time.
This resource could be used in early years or key stage 1 as it would help children to develop their phonics skills. The resource is engaging, interactive and fun. This website could be used in whole class teaching, group work or individually. The website could be used to fill in five minute gaps in the day if there were any.
The above website is a great versatile resource which can be used with children of all ages, the teacher can set the game up so that appropriate numbers are used for the age range of the class. This resource is fun and interactive, it involves the children by enabling them to guess the number. This website could be used individually on the interactive white board, it could be used in a group activity or it could be used in a whole class teaching activity.
This is another great resource which could be shown on an interactive whiteboard, the teacher could involve the children by inviting them up to the board to press the rabbit to see how many times it jumps. Again this resource could be used individually, as a group or even as a whole class. The resource is fun, engaging and can help children to develop their mathematical skills.