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Interactive Whiteboards : Best Practices

A guide to Interactive Whiteboards. A guide to the literature, MERIT-developed best practices and web resources.

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Best Practices

Before you use your IW in the classroom attend trainings and become comfortable using it. Below are some tips and best pratices to consider when uisng an IW as an instructional tool.

  •  Use the touch screen, not the computer, to navigate around the software. When you sit behind the computer you are detached from the students. You can better engage with them when you use the touch screen.
    Use the IW to enable students to present and discuss their own work. This means that students can use their own work to drive teacher-student and student-student discussion and feedback. Some students may be more motivated to do their work if they can show it and present it to the class.
  • Don’t use an IW exactly as you would use a regular whiteboard. Take advantage of the enhanced capabilities it offers you—such as showing video, animations, diagrams, and internet resources.
  • Give students the ability to interact with the subject matter. Let them write on it, draw on it, move it with their hands and fingers, or manipulate it in other ways. A simple drag and drop activity where multiple students come to the whiteboard one-by-one gets the kids out of their seat to interact with the subject matter.
  • Share resources and information about IW use with your colleagues. See if your school network offers materials developed by other teachers in your area. You can easily share your IW lessons with your colleagues to get feedback from them.
  • Make sure your lessons and annotating tools are dark and visible enough for all students to see—even those sitting at the back of the classroom. Watch out for light-colored pens, or light-colored text

Interactive Whiteboards Introduction

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