Using Interactive Whiteboards with young children

Using an Interactive Whiteboards with Young children

There are many things you can use an IWB for in an early years setting


  • using web-based resources
  • showing video to help explain concepts
  • demonstrating a piece of software
  • presenting pupils’ work to the rest of class (take a photo and upload)
  • creating digital flipcharts (perhaps to show a visual timetable,)
  • practising handwriting and fine motor control skills
  • sharing photos from a class trip
  • as a backdrop for roleplay
  • to share a really big book! (many are available to download)
  • to listen to stories

Points to consider

There are some important issues you should be aware of when children of this age use an Interactive whiteboard. Although children usually look on the computer as a source of enjoyment, they must be taught that it is not a toy. The same safety rules should apply as those you teach children about the television, video recorder and any food preparation machines you may have in your kitchen.

  • Food and drinks must be kept away from the computer.
  • Trailing electrical leads are a particular danger at this age as children love to rush about and roll on the floor
  • Make sure the children are able to reach the majority of the areas of the board.
  • Ensure children do not look into the projector.
  • Check the projector arm is not dangerous for adults
  • Make sure the children know what to use (and not use) on the board. (eg pens).
  • Interactive whiteboards can be very difficult to see when direct sunlight shines on them. If a board is in direct sunlight at any time of the school day, black-out blinds (or similar) will be needed.
  • it is advisable to have wall-mounted external speakers, which will ensure that sound is of better quality and carries better across the classroom.
  • Make sure there is plenty of space both in front and to either side of your whiteboard so that you can move around it and access all parts of the screen easily without standing in the beam.

Internet Resources

J        The Internet has many benefits over buying software- it is often free allowing a wide variety of resources to be used with young children.

J        it can change with the ever growing favourites of your children

J        The many activities are suited to use on an interactive whiteboard where they are not dependant on mouse control.

Below are some ideas of websites to choose from (correct Jan 09)


Bob the Builder


Fun with Spot




Angelina Ballerina


Thomas the Tank Engine




Fireman Sam


General resources


Great selection of early years games


Crayola activities


create a monster


a whole host of American games


Lots of great ICT activities and links for early years


The Hoobs


activity for big and small


bobinogs games


a comprehensive list of hundreds of activities for early years


an online town for children to explore


more activities to use


topmarks- rhymes and songs


topmarks maths


Pictures to colour


Primary 1

Words and pictures




Dottie and Buzz- (RE/PSHE)


Digby the mole








Alf and Betty





Smart board training


Places to download Promethean flipcharts and training

Becta booklet

Teacher TV top tips


7 responses

23 02 2009
23 02 2009

Great list! thanks for sharing

26 04 2009

Thank you for the list and the ideas in your web! Is a very good research work of everything that is on the web.
Thanks for sharing!

27 12 2011
White Boards

What is the point of having a website that links to all of these sites? I understand that you’re trying to help but what is your main focus?

27 12 2011

Thanks for your comment ‘white Boards’. I can see what you might be getting at, anyone can trawl the net and find a series of useful sites. What I wanted to do was to release time for teachers enabling them to evaluate the sites and decide how they old improve their teaching and learning rather than spend the time looking for sites. in the authority I train, there are still any staff, particularly n the early years environment , who are unfamiliar with using the Internet to enhance education… So that is what this list is for.

3 06 2012
Blog 3: Using Interactive Whiteboards with Infant and Toddlers | em

[…] Technowellies Weblog tells how interactive whiteboards can be used in the classroom in a variety of ways.  It also tells of the importance of taking care in the way the whiteboard is used.  It also provides links to a variety of other websites that can provide the teachers with resources for using interactive whiteboards. […]

2 06 2013

Helpful information. Lucky me I found your site unintentionally,
and I am surprised why this twist of fate did not took place earlier!
I bookmarked it.

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