Presented By Marsha Thompson
The purpose of this presentation is to show how
Interactive Whiteboards (IWB) are used in education.
IWBs were originally developed for office settings
and are somewhat new addition to education. IWBs
are referred to as electronic whiteboards or SMART
Boards devices that connect to a computer and a
multimedia projector. The computer image is
projected on the IWB by the projector. The user can
control and manipulate this projected image by hand
or a stylus.
Two major objectives for this
presentation is to show viewers how
IWBs are being used by educators and
the views from students who used
Research indicates that IWBs are regarded as one of the most
revolutionary technologies for various educational purposes. Educators
have tried to provide students better learning environments by
equipping them with the latest technology. This effort has encouraged
educators to use various assistive technologies such as computers and
the Internet in the classroom. This process is called integration of
information and communication technologies (ICT). As part of the ICT
process, the IWBs have been one technology most invested.
HOW IWBs ARE USED
• Electronic-based model for math curriculum
• Downloading digital content like pictures, videos, and sounds from
websites that can be placed within a graphic organizer, notes, or
Thinking Maps in a lesson.
• Shared reading, using enlarged text for all students to see and read
• Grammar skills, phonics, and reading strategies can be implemented
• Teachers type short poems into Word for students to touch and drag
the lines of the poem to place in correct order.
• Knowledge building about science, social studies, music, and the arts
• Prepare students to write a whole-class response through text
Teachers can design and use visually attractive materials
compatible with an IWB. Teachers can enhance their
presentations, before or during instruction, with visual effects
including highlighting, coloring, drawing, zooming, or
importing visual objects from other resources using
screenshot or copy-paste feature. Presentations help teachers
draw students’ attention to course content and also facilitate
student retention of what they learned and facilitate student
understanding of concepts.
Students’ attitudes towards the use of IWBs in the
classroom were positive. Students felt they
learned more and standards were easier to
understand. They reported their classroom
participation became more frequent.
56 INTERACTIVE WAYS TO USE
The following website gives tips and tricks for using an
Interactive Whiteboard in the Classroom. Users can
contribute to the post by sharing new ideas on ways to
incorporate IWBs as a teaching tool.
Students with disabilities are expected to compete academically with
their peers. Students with disabilities have a deficit in receptive and
expressive language. The lack of vocabulary and spoken language makes it
difficult for students to verbally explain and understand standards. Many
students with disabilities have strong visual processing skills and can
process instruction and content when presented in a visual format.
Intervention services are needed to support these types of learning needs.
Technology is one intervention resource that has helped support students
with disability in academics. IWBs are used to engage students with
disabilities to become involved with peers in learning. (Grillo, K, Leininger,
M, & Whitby, P. 2012)
8 Tips to Encourage IWB Participation
among Students with Disabilities
1. Pair a sound with an image to identify the learning
objective; in IWB classrooms, users can add a sound that is
set to sound off paired with the text of a learning image.
2. Use avatars to confirm the learning objective; in IWB
classrooms, teachers can use avatars to state the learning
3. Use anchoring activities with video, multimedia, or phones:
in IWB classrooms, teachers use anchor activities such as
short videos, pictorial representation of the concept, and
Cont. 8 Tips to Encourage IWB Participation among
Students with Disabilities
4. Use simulations and manipulatives for specific models:
in IWB classrooms, students can model the task.
5. Use questioning responses as data: in IWB classrooms,
teachers can preprogram questions into programs like
PowerPoint or use the quiz feature from educational
6. Use feedback through coaching opportunities after group
work: in IWB classrooms, teachers give feedback and
questioning technique that lead students to the answers.
Finally: 8 Tips to Encourage IWB Participation
among Students with Disabilities
7. Use varied assessment strategies: in IWB classrooms,
students submit ideas to Poll Everywhere, create a word
bank, create an essay from word cloud, identify
terminology for assessment.
8. Refine the lesson; in IWB classrooms, teachers need to
monitor for social interaction, response to questions,
attention to task, and comprehension of the materials.
(Grillo, K, Leininger, M, & Whitby, P. 2012)
Research showed very few disadvantages in teaching with IWBs.
• Lack of in-service training focusing on effective IWB strategies can cause
for insufficient IWB knowledge and experience from users
• Educators will need to improved their IWB skills by themselves or by
collaborating with colleagues
• Preparation time for lessons
• Connectivity issues interrupts lessons
Research shows that the advantages out
wade the disadvantages in teaching with
• Increase student attention
• Increase student participation
• Increase student collaboration
• Motivates student learning
Teachers face a challenge in providing the 21st
Century Learners with navigating text, audio,
video, social media, and digital interactive
sources. The IWBs has a bright future for
displaying, manipulating, and providing student
interaction with a wide spectrum of
The following websites are provided to help educator make the
most effective use of their IWBs.
provided to help
how to use the
on a Smart Board.
Teachers believed that IWBs provide time
efficiently for instruction. IWBs have the
potential to engage students in various activities
thereby supporting their learning and
development. IWBs have the potential to
transform classroom instruction by bringing
together all forms of digital media into the
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