Abbie’s page – Seminar 5

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Semester 1 – Seminar 5

Interactive Whiteboards:

At the start of our interactive whiteboard (IWb) session we discussed the different types of IWb. The main 3 are: Promethean Board, SMARTBoard and RM Easiteach. We then moved on to talking about the different levels that teachers can achieve through their IWb skills. These were: Foundation (level 1), Formative (level 2), Facility (level 3), Fluency (level 4) and Flying (level 5). I want to aim for at least a level 3 ability of using IWb’s when I have my own class.

How to uwhiteboard1se an interactive whiteboard to support learning:

In groups we then moved onto talking about the reasons behind using IWb’s. We came up with a few ideas being:

  1. Engagement and motivation
  2. Generate competition and increase competition,
  3. Support different learning styles,
  4. Increase the pace and provide a structure for lessons.

After this we were given the chance tActivInspireo use ‘ActivInspire’, is a software to use on IWb’s. ‘Designed for use in the classroom, it enables teachers to lead the lesson on an interactive whiteboard.’ ( I learnt a few tips and tricks from practicing with ActivInspire, these were: rub and reveal, text extracting, layering (to hide things away) and transparency. ActivInspire can be used for mos subjects, if not all.

Useful website links: AND – Fun games to get used to using an IWb for young children, use of competition. – Another fun game for young children, but a little more challenging because you have to choose which actions to do with words.

Resources to support using an interactive whiteboard:

A good resourcSequencinge to use for an IWb for maths is, a caterpillar ordering game found on:

This game is challenging the children’s sequencing and ordering skills. This resource could be used for whole class or small groups (if board and space is available).

Another useful resource for IWb’s is:
swf=story_files/Fishing_Bowl_US.swf. This resource is great for key stage 1/ early years literacy. It helpsFish game children understand the different between letters and sounds.


Abbie’s page – Seminar 6

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Semester 1 – Seminar 6

Evaluating resources:


I researched into the website – Planet Sherston. This was a free website to join, and has many resources for both teac
hers and children to use (having a separate student log in).

This website has the option to choose different subjects, these were;Website Maths, English, WebsiteComputing and Humanities activities. The websites activities had different age ranges; from early years to upper key stage 2. The basic functionality of the website is for children to complete activities to aid their learning. The teacher can filter the games down to the age range, subject, topic and level. I believe this website would be appealing for children to use for extra learning outside school (in a fun way) or a great tool for teachers to use in the classroom for either whole class session or smaller groups/ 1:1. The website gives the children a chance to beat their old scores in the activities they have completed in the pass. This is creating a aim/ focus for the children to try and achieve, meaning they will try and push themselves to work harder for a better result.

Ease of use:

I believe children would be able to access this website without any problems, and complete the games and activities without any adult input. It has many tabs for the children to choose from, including a blog and performance tab to keep a record of achievement for the children. This performance tab will also manage the children’s progress for both the teacher and student to look back on for assessment.

I think this website supports many areas in the curriculum because of its different subject areas it offers. For example the maths subject has many addition and subtraction games which will support key stage 1 children meet the aim of being able to: “… Solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.” (National Curriculum, 2014).

Two things I liked about the website:

  • The use of animation and amount of different games/ activities on offer.
  • The filtering options (e.g. limiting English down to each topic)Maths game

Two things I think could of worked better:

  • Make it easier to navigate for younger children.
  • Having different sections for the different subject areas.

Academic source:

On the below website, it gives an academic review of the website Planet Sherston. The review is written by a teacher, so you can relate their review to practice and how well it has been used in their own practice. The review also talks about the view of the child using this website. It is an overall good review and great to read from a teacher!

Kirsty’s Page

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Semester 1 Seminar 5: Interactive Whiteboards

The objective of this seminar was to develop our capabilities in terms of using interactive whiteaboards, as well as our understanding of their features and their use as an excellent learning tool. We began by looking at the three components of interactive whiteboards: a computer, projector and an interactive whiteboard itself. We then explored how this resource can be used within different parts of a lesson to support learning, uses include: as a starter activity to introduce and engage children in an area of learning, forming the main focus of a lesson by using a flipchart, as well as during the plenary to collect and record thoughts and to consolodate learning. Next the group were introduced to the three types of interactive whiteboard – most commScreen shot 2013-05-16 at 2.24.19 AMonly used in schools are the Promethean board and Smartboard, although the RM Easiteach is also used. We were then able to view the two most common interactive whiteboards and highlight some differences between them, such as the Smartboard surface being more spongy.

To explore the use of interactive whiteboards as a starter activity, we collaboratively played a mathematics game called ‘Top Spot’ (featured on the website: and evaluated the level of in1teractivity that children would experience from this. We considered that this game offers a good level interactivity as all of the children can participate in working out a calculation, and can help their team members who select the answer on the interactive whiteboard. We were then able to explore the ‘Activeinspire’ software programme on our individual computers, exploring features such as: pen, fill, shape, text, adding files including movies and pictures, resources including a handwriting practise template, as well as the effectiveness of using the microphone to add sound. I also experimented with writing questions on a white background and coloring in the answer with a white thick pen, to create a ‘hide rub and reveal’ activity. All of these uses and features allow teachers to bring their lessons to life and enage the children in their learning, providing one tool where text, multimedia and games can be used to spark children’s interest and enjoyment.

An English resource from within the seminar which I thought could be extremely useful for phonics and handwriting lessons includes:                                                                                                                                                                                            It begins by pronouncing each 1sound (phoneme) and showing which letter (grapheme) it corresponds to, before providing a technique for writing each grapheme, and offering the option of hearing the sound or name of the letter and giving an example of a word beginning with this letter.

A computer science resource I explored from the seminar is calle1d ‘Pollen Hunter’ ( This resource requires the children to click on arrows to direct a bee in order for it to collect pollen. This is an interactive activity which improves fluency with computer controls and provides a link to science also in terms of the theme of nature.

After the seminar I explored a website called ‘Topmarks’ which provides a vast range of resources to support the use of interactive whiteboards in many subjects. These include games, activities and links to informative websites which include videos. Some of these games are also available to play on tablets, which means that children with access to iPads can use these for an independent activity.                       (Source:

I also found the Smartboard website to be a valuable resource as it provides lesson plans and games for a variety of subjects, which teachers can download and use within their teaching.                                                                                                             (Source:

This article explains interactive whiteboards, their uses, different types and the positives of their use in the classroom:

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This website has got lots of activities for English, Mathematics, Science, Computing, French and Spanish. There are activities which the teacher can do with the children on the interactive whiteboard as a whole class activity. These are interactive and fun to play. They e2ngage the children as they have to get up and touch the correct answers.

There is also a student tool section where the children can use the programme on their own individual computer. This activity allows the children to open a sketch pad where the can draw shapes and use the different images to label and create shapes. There are also sketch pads for different topics such as weather.


Type of website?

This website is designed to help both teachers and children. There are resources and activities to help the teacher teach the children. There is a teacher area where 4they can monitor their student’s progress and see which activities they are completing. This allows the teachers to set work for the children on this website as s/he can see when the children have completed it. It also includes resources to help the teachers such as lesson plans and topic ideas.


There are free trials available for primary and secondary schools by signing up for 21 days. To have access all year round teachers can apply for a subscription.


Age range

The website is designed for teachers but there are resources available for all the key stages in the primary schools.

Basic functionality/ease of use

I found this website really easy to use because everything is organised based on the subject which makes it easy to find resources for specific subjects and key stages. The activities are simple to use as they use voice overs but there is also a subtitle 6option. The children could easily use the resources that are designed for them. Once the teacher has set the work for the children they could easily find the correct activity and complete it with ease. The children could independently complete their work without any adult input.

How it can support the curriculum

This website definitely helps to support the curriculum as it has engaging activities for the children to do, developing their skills in the different subject areas. It also supports the teachers to ensure they are using good planning strategies and topic ideas as it gives them guidance on this. The teachers can teach the content of the lesson and use the interactive lessons to test the children’s knowledge and understanding.

2 things you like

  • I really like that the activities can be turned into interactive board activities. I think that children will enjoy doing these activities as a class as they can help each other and be engaged in what they are doing
  • I really like the layout of the website and how easy it is to navigate around the pages


2 things that could be improved

  • There could be more subject areas such as history, geography and art
  • I think the trial period could be slightly longer because 21 days isn’t very long for the teachers to trial the website


Round 6-Louisa

Evaluating Resources-Interactive Resourcesict

This website is a maths resource base which has various games, worksheets and activities relating to the curriculum from year one to year six. This is a subscription website, however has a two week free trial. The website is really useful for teachers to use during whole class or group activities in order to engage the children, as well as responding to the curriculum. It is really easy to use and the children will also be able to use it to complete maths games and activities, without adult support.

What I like about the website:

I really like the format of the website, as it is very colourful and appealing to children which will help them to actively engage in their learning. I also like the clear links to the curriculum as the teacher can click on the area of the curriculum that they are currently working on, and easily find activities to enhance this. There are over 600 resources on this website and there is the ability to save your favourites in folders, which enables you to easily find them and use them again. This website looks really useful and will be great to use with the children in school.

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What could be improved:

The resources could be more clearly set out as they are laid out all together, therefore it is difficult to find which key stage or topic you are looking for until you click on curriculum objectives. The pricing of the CD based software seems a bit confusing and I am not sure about the difference between the three subscription options! It would also be useful to have a system to keep the children’s progress recorded. Apart from the this, the website is really useful and easy to use.

These are a couple of examples of using the resources from the website:



I found the website really useful and look forward to using the resources with the children!



Leah- Seminar five

Semester one, Seminar five

In todays seminar we talked learnt about interactive whiteboards and how we can use them in the classroom with the children. Nowadays most schools have Picture1interactive white boards in most classrooms.

Interactive whiteboards can help the children to be active learners as the children can get involved. It’s important that teachers use every aspect of their interactive whiteboard. They shouldn’t use their board like a normal whiteboard where they write notes or draw pictures. There is so much more available for the teachers to use.  They need to get the children involved and let them use the board by playing games such as splat.

I saw the game splat being used in my pre course experience. The children loved it when they had to find the right answer to the math problem and tap ‘splat’ it on the board. There are lots of games available for all the areas in the curriculum. I also saw a good lesson where the teacher did a phonic session using the interactive whiteboard. She put the images and sounds on the whiteboard for all the children to see on the big screen. The children then had to drag and match the correct sounds to the correct image.

The children love being chosen to use the interactive whiteboard as they see it as a treat and a fun experience because they don’t have one at home.

We looked at the software ‘Activinspire’. This has lots of features which the teachers can use. It looks like a normal whiteboard but the teachers have lots of things they can do with this software. This includes:

– inserting a background ( lined paper, maths squares)

– inserting images from the internet and being able to annotate around/ on them

– insert shapes/lines etc.

-change the background colour( this can help children who find it difficult to look Picture3at the bright white background)

– write freehand( which can then be turned into typed text)

The whiteboards can help to make the lessons more interactive and engaging. However, teachers shouldn’t use the interactive whiteboard in every bit of planning for the whole lesson. The children will get bored and it won’t be seen as exciting or fun anymore. The children need to explore and get interactive in a variety of ways.

Picture2The main whiteboards that are used in classrooms todays are the Smart board and the prometheam board.

This website had lots of good interactive whiteboard games and the website was organised into key stages and subjects which made it easy to find a suitable activity


I also went on the tes Iboard website and found some good activities for teachers to use. There are lots of games on there which could help the children’s development in a variety of subject areas. These games make the most of the interactivity available through using interactive whiteboards.

This website talks about creative ways to use the interactive whiteboards in the classroom. I think this is interesting because it is important to  use the IWB with the children or there is no point having a board with so many functions. It isn’t designed to only be used by the teacher or teaching assistant, children also need to explore what it can do. I liked the idea of using google maps with the children in geography sessions so show them areas of our world or buildings in which they are studying. Children love using the IWB so its important to encourage this in all subject areas. For example, do an interactive spelling test or maths test. Children can also come up to the board and use the pen to write their ideas, this can then be saved and stuck in the children’s books as evidence.

Seminar 5-Louisa

The Seminar this week focused upon interactive whiteboards. We looked at the function of the interactive whiteboards, to use as warm-ups to a lesson, for whole-class lessons, for group activities, for the individual child and for the plenary to conclude a lesson. The whiteboards are crucial to the child’s learning and will aid the teacher hugely with the lesson, in terms of providing interactive activities which will engage the children. There are three different types of whiteboard: the Promethean Board, the SMARTBoard and the RM Easiteach.

Smart Board                                                                                         Promethean Board

We looked at the levels of interactive whiteboard skills which are:

  • Foundation (level 1) – using the board for presentation purposes.
  • Formative (level 2) -working predominantly from the board and operating functions.
  • Facility (level 3) – additional functions mastered and being used with greater frequency.
  • Fluency (level 4) – broaden repertoire of skills and techniques.
  • Flyer (level 5) – wide repertoire of techniques and high levels of interaction between teacher and pupils.

By using the interactive whiteboards, this will help to increase the children’s learning as they will be motivated and engaged with the lesson. This will support different learning styles and help to ensure a structured, well planned lesson. The boards will also provide an effective visual aid, however should not be relied upon all the time, as there are vital skills for children to learn that do not need technology.

We then looked at the programme ActivInspire and learnt how to use this so that we can work with the children in our class with it. We looked at some tricks to use with it, which included rubbing over an answer and then revealing it and layering to hide things away. This programme will excite and engage the children and therefore encourage their learning.

Some web links discussed in the seminar are:

Fly Catcher – (Links to an external site.)

Lily Hop – (Links to an external site.)

Controlling Around a Route –. (Links to an external site.)

Drawing with a Control Toy – (Links to an external site.)

These links are various Key Stage 1 interactive activities that will be really useful to use with the children to get them engaged in a subject and to help increase their use of technology.

After the seminar I found the following resources to link to the interactive whiteboard:

These resources are all for interactive whiteboards and all have useful games and activities to use with the children. This seminar has been really useful, as before it I didn’t know much about interactive whiteboards and now I feel more confident in using one in a classroom environment.