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Using the interactive
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Roll and doodle
One of the best-kept secrets about successful interactive whiteboard use is that it needs turning on to be
used. If the board is active and the students have opportunity to experiment with the tools there is room
then to progress and develop those skills.
One of the easiest ways of getting started is to have a picture of each student on the board from 8.30am and
allow them to decorate the picture when they arrive before school.
Allowing students ‘free reign’ before school allows them time to doodle and play outside of quality teaching
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Practice and access
Once students have become familiar with the basic tools of the interactive whiteboard the next step is the
creation of activities. These can be as simple or elaborate as you like. Allowing students sufficient access to
the technology during regular teaching time can be difficult, particularly when students need perceived
fairness in its use.
The way core curriculum is managed in school is a prime opportunity to spread its use across the class of
students. Placing an activity card entitled “IWB” on both the literacy and numeracy taskboards will allow
students to regularly access digital content. The particular activity the students have to complete can then
vary within the confines of the software. Offering you, the teacher, an opportunity to differentiate between
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Drag and drop
Drag and drop activities are a cornerstone of IWB use. Having students move items from somewhere to
somewhere else to reflect their understanding of a topic prompts discussion and reflection if students are
working in a