Creating Interactive Whiteboard Lessons

Bring your Board to the Truly Interactive Level . . . Capitalize the "I" in Interactive whiteboard!

Evolve from one-dimensional white, black, or green board use to multi-dimensional "interactive" whiteboard activities.

Anything that can be done on a computer monitor, can be replicated on the interactive whiteboard. Create engaging lessons that focus on one task like a matching activity, or integrate multiple items into your lesson such as websites, photos, and music that students can interact with, respond to, or even write on the board itself. Imagine taking a class on a photo safari to Africa with embedded videos, sounds, and maps. Interactive whiteboards facilitate multisensory learning whether it's a collaboration exercise for math problem solving or a Google Earth tour of the Amazon rainforest. Interactive whiteboards provide an extraordinary opportunity to create classroom environments where students with different learning styles can engage and learn from each other. This easy-to-learn technology ensures that both students and teachers are developing 21st century skills.

Applications for using interactive whiteboards include:
  • Multimedia lessons and presentations including audio and video
  • Collaborative problem solving
  • Showcasing student projects and presentations
  • Virtual field trips
  • Recorded lessons that can be used by substitute teachers

Multitask! Have all your tricks loaded up on your taskbar ready to present with a simple touch.
  • ActivInspire or Easiteach
  • Word
  • PowerPoint
  • Excel
  • Internet Explorer and various websites
  • PDF files

Build your interactive whiteboard lesson the same way you build your lesson.
  • Begin with learning objectives, pre-thinking activities, and/or "hooks"
  • What's the essential question?
  • Bring on the content and make it pop!
  • Review and close your lesson.
  • Give extension activity or homework.
  • Involve your students as much as possible.

Save your stuff for later use!

Other Cool Tools:
  • Student response devices
  • Actvislate

Examples of Interactivity:

Annotate over documents or websites

Resources: Loads of Resources, Ideas, Help, and Downloads for the Promethean IWB's. Create an account and visit often! Mrs. Spear's blog. Search promethean to find ActivInspire Tips and Tricks posts. Main site for Polyvision Resources, Ideas, and Help. Wiki site for all things Polyvision. Bookmark this site and use it heavily! Helpful site for using the Easiteach software for the eno boards. User guides for the Easiteach software. Create your own account and explore the resources and possibilities for your classroom.