Sumo paint

4 03 2009

sumoJust found a link on dannynics blog about this paint program. It is really versatile and useful for all ages. I particularly like the symmetry tool. Imagine how cool this will be to small children on a really big board!



What makes a good whiteboard user?

5 02 2009

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

·         Chalkboard

·         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



·         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.



·         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.