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.
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
Thomas the Tank Engine
Great selection of early years games
create a monster
a whole host of American games
Lots of great ICT activities and links for early years
activity for big and small
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
Pictures to colour
Words and pictures
Dottie and Buzz- (RE/PSHE)
Digby the mole
Alf and Betty
Smart board training
Places to download Promethean flipcharts and training
Teacher TV top tips