Semester 1 – Seminar 5
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 use 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:
- Engagement and motivation
- Generate competition and increase competition,
- Support different learning styles,
- Increase the pace and provide a structure for lessons.
After this we were given the chance to 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.’ (http://support.prometheanplanet.com/server.php?show=nav.29751). 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:
http://www.iboard.co.uk/iwb/Chameleon-664 – 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 resource to use for an IWb for maths is, a caterpillar ordering game found on: http://www.topmarks.co.uk/ordering-and-sequencing/caterpillar-ordering.
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: http://www.literactive.com/Download/live.asp?
swf=story_files/Fishing_Bowl_US.swf. This resource is great for key stage 1/ early years literacy. It helps children understand the different between letters and sounds.