and that is what I am explaining to staff….
and this is what I have come up with…
How can we ensure that pupils are directly benefiting from the Interactive whiteboards in our rooms?
Use your whiteboard in a VARIETY of ways
· Big screen for showing and annotating pre-prepared documents, such as word documents, scanned worksheets, images
· Presentation tool for linear presentations such as PowerPoint
· Interactive tool for teaching, with children combining ideas on the board
· Finding and presenting multimedia resources such as Clickview, websites,
· Share ideas and saving them for the future, such as manipulating texts together, creating poetry together
· Demonstrating how to use a piece of software, such as Photoshop
· Help kinaesthetic and visual learners access the curriculum
· Use specialised whiteboard software and resources made for it
· Use curriculum software to teach
Exploit the INTERACTIVITY
· Create collaborative lists, poems, answers
· Move, edit, add and expand, reveal answers.
· Manipulate text in new ways; (words can be coloured out and magically revealed.
· Link to web sites, add sound effects, enrichment, support or extension activities, worksheets, video.
· Use tools to aid focusing on specific learning intentions
· Display and explore clear, accurate diagrams; label, resize etc explore detail.
· Model abstract ideas- rotation of shapes, perspective, time zones, capturing sections of video, short episodes of animation or video.
· Demonstrate skills, such as measuring.
· Use colours and backgrounds to great effect, help dyslexic readers, or to engage the audience.
Reduce TEACHER WORKLOAD
· Prepare materials in advance used, evaluate and change ready for the next time.
· Share materials between teachers, sharing the workload.
· Download ready made resources on the Internet and customise.
· Allow materials created to be accessed for revision.
Increase PACE of lessons
· Use previous flipcharts to recap at the start of the next lesson.
· Print flipcharts for a class to put in jotters or for children who are absent.
· Hang reminders off the side or in teacher notes.
· Use specific tools to add to the efficiency of a lesson, such as count down, camera.
Pitfalls to avoid
· Reinforce a transmission style of whole class teaching in which pupils are increasingly reduced to a largely spectator role
· Having lots of children out using the board can interfere with the pace of the lesson.
· Increasing the pace of the lesson does not ensure increased learning.