Interactive whiteboards as a teaching tool

Summary of uses

They can be used to:

  1. Write over the top of programmes to highlight and annotate points
  1. View and navigate the Internet from the whiteboard. Surf and display websites that the entire room will be able to see in a teacher-directed manner.
  1. Promote group working. Students can approach the whiteboard and add their contribution to the discussion by writing directly on the whiteboard. Groups can view and solve interactive problems together.
  1. Work collaboratively on word processing documents, spreadsheets, design projects with colleagues
  1. Connect to video conferencing systems
  1. Allow staff or students or both to move around a screen without the use of a computer because the screen itself is sensitive
  1. Offer the same features as a traditional whiteboard such as writing directly on the board, marking objects, highlighting or labelling elements on the screen, and erasing errors but with the ability to save or print out the results without any additional effort
  1. Offer an on-screen keyboard that floats over the software, allowing you to enter text or data into almost any application
  1. Enable editing on-screen and recording of changes or additions
  1. Provide an electronic flipchart (up to 99 pages), with all notes and diagrams saved as an HTML file for later use across an Intranet, allowing an archive to be easily maintained and displayed
  1. Allow notes to be stored and made available to students who missed the presentation or lecture
  1. Present student work to a wide audience
  1. Show video clips that explain difficult concepts (in any curricular area) especially in Maths and Science
  1. Demonstrate how an educational software programme works, e.g., an art programme with students using their fingers and hands to draw rather than working with a mouse
  1. Cater more effectively for visually-impaired students and other students with special needs, using, for example, drag and drop exercises with graphics instead of text to test learning
  1. Create drawings, notes and concept maps in class time which can be saved for future reference or issued as instant handouts for the lesson you have just given
  1. Allow the tutor to monitor or see what each student has on their screen and choose which screen to display on the whiteboard in a networked environment
  1. Run on-line tests and opinion polls and display instant feedback to the group