Using Interactive WhiteboardsUsing Interactive Whiteboardsin thein theClassroomClassroomGinger ChristensenGinger Christensen
What Are Interactive Whiteboards?What Are Interactive Whiteboards? large display on a speciallarge display on a specialwhiteboard that connects towhiteboard that connects toa computer and a projectora computer and a projector mounted to a wall or on a standmounted to a wall or on a stand user can control the computer with a pen,user can control the computer with a pen,finger, or other devicefinger, or other device
Who makes them?Who makes them? PrometheanPrometheanhttp://www.prometheanplanet.com/en-us/http://www.prometheanplanet.com/en-us/ SMARTBoardSMARTBoardhttp://smarttech.com/ushttp://smarttech.com/us and others…and others…Mimio, PolyVision, eBeam, Numonics, Starboard, InterwriteMimio, PolyVision, eBeam, Numonics, Starboard, Interwrite
What are some of the waysWhat are some of the waysinteractive whiteboards can beinteractive whiteboards can beused in the classroom to teachused in the classroom to teachmath?math? present information in anpresent information in anunusual contextunusual context multimedia lessons (video,multimedia lessons (video,flipcharts, slideshows, graphs)flipcharts, slideshows, graphs) interactive tool (drag/drop, sorting,interactive tool (drag/drop, sorting,virtual manipulatives, onlinevirtual manipulatives, onlinegames)games) collaborative problem-solvingcollaborative problem-solving use with handheld voting devicesuse with handheld voting devices virtual field tripsvirtual field trips
(or the internet…)What it feels like…What it feels like…
What does the research say aboutWhat does the research say aboutinteractive whiteboard use?interactive whiteboard use? Mixed interpretations & reportsMixed interpretations & reports Majority of the research from UK, Australia, &Majority of the research from UK, Australia, &CanadaCanada IWB have the potential for student engagement,IWB have the potential for student engagement,opportunities for fostering deeper mathematicalopportunities for fostering deeper mathematicaldiscussions and student risk-taking.discussions and student risk-taking. Student use of IWB is critically important.Student use of IWB is critically important. Just the use of IWB does not equal higherJust the use of IWB does not equal higherstudent achievement; the instructional choices ofstudent achievement; the instructional choices ofthe teacher are behind the increased studentthe teacher are behind the increased studentachievement.achievement.
BenefitsBenefits ease of use in whole group teachingease of use in whole group teaching increased levels of engagementincreased levels of engagement integrated use of multimediaintegrated use of multimedia allows for differentiation & hands-onallows for differentiation & hands-onexperiencesexperiences increased mathematical discussionsincreased mathematical discussions
DisadvantagesDisadvantages expensive technologyexpensive technology requires ongoing trainingrequires ongoing training amount of time planning IWB use intoamount of time planning IWB use intolessonslessons novelty may wear off if overused or if thenovelty may wear off if overused or if theuse is not connected to the concept youuse is not connected to the concept youare teachingare teaching
Presentation vs. ProductivePresentation vs. Productivehttp://tmerc.ca/iwb-framework/http://tmerc.ca/iwb-framework/ PresentationPresentation: Activities: Activitieswith the whiteboard thatwith the whiteboard thatcan also be done withcan also be done withother things like theother things like thechalkboard, chart paper,chalkboard, chart paper,and the overheadand the overhead Example: a presentation of aExample: a presentation of aslideshow with key points onslideshow with key points onrepeating patterns covered fromrepeating patterns covered fromthe previous day & presents athe previous day & presents aproblem for students to solveproblem for students to solve Productive ActivitiesProductive Activities::Using the whiteboardUsing the whiteboardto illustrate & generateto illustrate & generateideas that would beideas that would bedifficult with otherdifficult with othertechnologiestechnologies Example: teacher shows savedExample: teacher shows savedpatterns on IWB that studentspatterns on IWB that studentsgenerated the previous day.generated the previous day.Students categorize the patternsStudents categorize the patternsinto three sets (growing, shrinking,into three sets (growing, shrinking,or repeating patterns), justifyingor repeating patterns), justifyingtheir thinking, while the teachertheir thinking, while the teacherhighlights and moves each patternhighlights and moves each patterninto one of the three categories tointo one of the three categories togenerate a table of classifiedgenerate a table of classifiedstudent samples.student samples.