As you may have heard time and time again an interactive whiteboard is a great tool to have in your classroom. Basically, as Mrs Grimshaw covers, an interactive whiteboard is a large touch sensitive whiteboard with an LCD projector. When turned on the projector projects a live view of the computer screen so that the whole class is able to view it. The touch sensitive software allows the teacher or the student to operate the computer for their needs.
The applications for a Interactive Whiteboard (IWB) in the classroom environment are endless, here is a list of just a few possibilities:
- Interactive lessons
- Viewing student presentations and projects
- Virtual field trips
- Reflecting on previous lessons
- Recorded lessons of substitute teachers
- Documentation of student work.
However, if you don’t know how to use an IWB, then realistically these applications will not be achievable for you. A great website to visit is pro video, here they have short step to step instructional videos on how to use different features of an IWB. Also on the video pro website in the training section is Pat’s space. Every month Pat, who comes from a teaching background, does a review on educational websites that can be used in conjunction with the IWB within a classroom situation.
In conclusion I believe that the IWB is a great tool to have in a classroom environment if you know how to use it. It is believed that it will engage the students as well as transform the learning episode. An example of a website sourced from Pat’s space that would have this effect is called Solar System Scope. This website contains a interactive program that allows you and your class to explore space in a three dimensional manner. It contains endless functions that would support students in building their knowledge base of the solar system. The level of understanding gained by students may not have been as easily achievable if the concept was taught with concrete resources.
The IWB will be a great teaching tool used across all subject strands while on future practical experiences and in my future teaching career.
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