Today we were introduced to the world of Interactive Whiteboards, or ‘IW’ for short. IW’s are now widely used in schools, especially Primary. An Interactive Whiteboard is a large interactive display that connects to a computer and projector. A projector projects the computer’s desktop onto the board’s surface where users control the computer using a pen, finger, stylus, or other device.
I used one for the first time in our first Math’s session, it was a lot harder than I expected, and not the same as writing on a real whiteboard. It’s something I need to get to grips with before we start our ‘Day-Link visits’. I will definitely be booking out the IW in the library to gain some more experience using it.
I’ve also started making use of some of the internet sites that were mentioned in the session last week, such as ‘Drop Box’, a file storage site, where you can upload your files. It seems like a really great idea to back up work, and for us as a group to share documents.
I’ve downloaded the SMART tech software so I can start create my own notebook documents for use on the Interactive whiteboards.
It can be downloaded here.
In Math’s we were shown a lot of useful Interactive Teaching Programs, which were developed by the National Numeracy strategy, for use with the IW. These ITPs were developed by the Primary National Strategy. I can anticipate them being a really useful visual aid. You can download them by searching for ‘Maths ITP’ on ‘Teach Find’
A guide on all the interactive teaching programmes can also be found here.
During my Pre-Course placement, I observed a Year 5 history lesson on Ancient Greece. The teacher used an interactive program from the ‘Daily Life’ section of the British museum website to teach the children about daily life in Ancient Greece. It allows you to drag a character from an Ancient Greek family into a room of their ‘Villa’, and some information flashes up about the room and on whether it’s a suitable room for the character. The children sat on the carpet and all had a turn dragging a character into a room they thought they would be suitable. I thought this was a great example of how the IW can utilize the internet in teaching. It involved all the children and they seemed a lot more engaged in the lesson.