Little Known Ways to Use Your Interactive Whiteboard
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Little Known Ways to Use Your Interactive Whiteboard

Written by 1 December 2011

Little Known Ways to Use Your Interactive Whiteboard

Looking for some new ways to engage your students on your interactive whiteboard?  I have a few ideas for you! First, I encourage you to come to our upcoming Day of Learning - a free online conference held for educators, led by experts from all over the globe.  The keynote session will focus on interactive whiteboard resources.  

Look for the green Day of Learning graphic on our webinars page.  I hope to see you there.

Next, take a look at these ideas that I've pulled from SimpleK12's Teacher Learning Community.

#1 Take a Virtual Tour of the Planets
A trip to the planetarium is a great way to spark students' interest in the solar system. Instead of visiting the planetarium, why not break students up into groups and ask them to go through a virtual field trip that introduces them to the planets and constellations? Ask each group to use the information they learned as a starting point for researching more about one of the planets or constellations in order to create a presentation that they will share with the class on the interactive whiteboard.

#2 Build Virtual Field Trips
More than likely, your students are already experts at searching for information on the Web. Have students use those skills by asking them to create their own virtual field trip on a specific content-related topic.  When they're done, you can link together all of the students projects to make one virtual field trip to cover all of the information related to their topic. Use the interactive whiteboard to take your trip.

#3 Medical Anomalies
Students could watch a documentary on a separation of conjoined twins, and could then see how this surgery ties in with lessons they have had about anatomy. You can show illustrations of the different types of conjoined twins, and use the interactive whiteboard to point out the shared organs, and where it's best to separate them.

#4 Peer Assessment in Math
Present students with fractions and have them create multiple-choice questions that test the understanding of other students in the class. Then have volunteers come up to the interactive whiteboard to choose the correct answers. Save the questions for future review.

#5 Write Stories with the Class
Pick a topic you are currently covering in class. Have students break up into small groups and brainstorm potential ideas for a story about the topic. Bring the class back together and fill in a story map using the drawing tools on an interactive whiteboard with the ideas each student group shares.

#6 Share Subject Resources
Ask students to find and select one Web site on a pre-selected topic. Then have students do a small presentation on the interactive whiteboard to navigate the content of the Web site for the class. Encourage students to include justifications in their presentations for why they selected the specific Web site to share with the class.

#7 Exploring the Lives of Literary Greats
Even wonder what inspired writers like Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald? Use the interactive whiteboard to take students on an interactive Web tour of the birthplaces and homes of literary greats. Then use the activity as a starting point to discuss how students can draw from their everyday experiences to come up with a great idea for a story.

Don't forget, join in on the upcoming interactive whiteboard webinar, and add your own idea as a comment on this blog post!


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