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Creative Uses for Interactive Whiteboards

Today I’m sharing a short, but informative, article on some creative ways to use an interactive whiteboard in the classroom.  I’ve experimented quite a bit with the eBeam products and I believe that the educational uses for interactive whiteboards are unlimited.  However, I think that teachers sometimes feel overwhelmed by new technology for that exact reason.  Interactive whiteboards have so many uses, and  can provide so many unique tools, that it’s like “Where do I start?”.   That’s the reason I’m sharing this article today.  Maybe it will inspire someone to try something new!

Creative Uses for Interactive Whiteboards

What was once a novelty enjoyed by a handful of classrooms has become a fairly common educational tool. Yet despite students’ and teachers’ growing familiarity with interactive whiteboards, many seek usage ideas that go beyond the typical “animate a lesson.”

Explore the following tips for getting the most out of your interactive whiteboard. While these general suggestions apply to popular brands such as Prometheus and SMART, remember to consult your operator’s manual for specific instructions.

Use Your Board’s “Record” Function to Archive Lessons

Most interactive whiteboard models come with software that allows users to create presentations as well as take notes in a blank file. During an open discussion, jot down notes or key points in a blank board file, just as you would on a traditional whiteboard. Save at the end of the discussion, and you’ll have everything you’ve covered, including student contributions, all in one digital file.

This is handy for many reasons. In the short term, you can publish the file to your Web site, or print it out and let students use it to prepare for a test. Either way, students who were absent get a comprehensive record of the day’s activity, and those who were in attendance have a great study tool. In the long term, the file serves as a record of the lesson that can be used with future classes. Or, compare the original file to future versions to assess the effectiveness of different discussion and presentation techniques.

Let Students Get Behind the Wheel

The beauty of interactive whiteboards is that they allow students to take control of their own learning. Most board manufacturers tout their products’ ease of use. This, combined with a tech-savvy generation of students, is the perfect recipe for hands-on learning.

The multi-media aspect of the whiteboard can refresh time-tested classroom activities. Consider this lesson example: a teacher shows a film or video clip of some neutral dialogue with two different musical accompaniments, in order to illustrate how music influences whether the words are perceived as comedy or tragedy. With the whiteboard, allow the students to select the music they’d like to play behind the dialogue. Take the lesson even further by using the board’s audio recording feature—have one group of students perform the dialogue while a second group selects the music. The bottom line is that students tend to be more engaged when they are the ones using the technology.

Create Interactive Quizzes

Admittedly, this tip requires some fairly advanced skills, but if you are lucky enough to work in a classroom wired with both an interactive whiteboard and clickers (student response systems), this can be a tremendous tool.

Using the whiteboard, the teacher creates an interactive quiz or test. The quiz questions appear on the board, and the teacher controls them via clicker. When the teacher posts a question, kids see it on the whiteboard and student clicker simultaneously. Students then enter their answers, which are recorded. The results are tallied instantly and can be reviewed by the teacher in the form of easy-to-understand graphs.
Article by Jason Tomaszewski, EducationWorld Associate Editor
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How to Integrate Interactive Whiteboards into Classroom Learning


I think most of us are a little intimidated when we’re presented with new technology, but once we can force ourselves to learn how to use that new technology, the benefits can be amazing.  Not only do we feel a little extra sense of accomplishment once we have control over this new technological object, but then it can begin to make our lives easier.  I can say this about all kinds of things that I’ve purchased for myself (my digital camera, my e-reader, my photo printer, my phone…), knowing in the long run that I would love them, but starting out just feeling overwhelmed and wondering how I’m ever going to learn this new technology.  I had the same feeling when my boss presented me with the eBeam interactive whiteboard products.  At first, I had no idea where to start, but I have to admit learning the eBeam products was actually fairly easy and incredibly enjoyable.  No kidding!  I was amazed at the educational capabilities that eBeam has incorporated into their products, and I felt that I could totally share my new love for eBeam with this blog.  That being said, please, if you’re interested in learning more about eBeam, check out our website at, and if you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact us.  We believe eBeam rocks, and we think we can make you believe that too!

Today, I’ve included an article giving 5 tips on how to integrate interactive whiteboards into your classroom lessons.  I thought maybe it could help someone get through those early feelings of intimidation when learning to use new technology.  Take a look!

5 Ways to Integrate Interactive Whiteboards into Classroom Lessons

Want your students to experience the magic of learning? Then take advantage of virtual manipulatives.

When students work with virtual manipulatives, there’s a sense of heightened anticipation, engagement and even a little bit of magic in the room.

Many of today’s classrooms are filled with technology, but one piece that can help teachers and students bring new life to a lesson is the interactive whiteboard and the teaching manipulatives that it makes possible.

There are numerous whiteboard manufacturers — Epson and PolyVision among them. Each whiteboard solution has advantages and disadvantages, but all have the ability to enhance curriculum, increase student achievement and allow learning activities not imaginable in a traditional classroom environment.

Do you wish your interactive whiteboards felt “magical” in the classroom? Here are five practices to help get the most out of these devices.

Get Moving

Some technology coordinators don’t consider interactive whiteboards as part of their overall technology plan, arguing that these are teacher-centric devices and only serve to help a teacher lecture in the front of a classroom as students watch. Used properly, students — not teachers — should be working at interactive whiteboards throughout the school day.

In his book Brain Rules, neuroscientist Dr. John Medina reports that physically active students absorb more information than students sitting at their desks all day. One of the best things that teachers can do to help students grasp new information is to get them out of their chairs, working at whiteboards and using the boards’ virtual manipulatives.

Many interactive whiteboards allow multiple users or input devices to interact with the board simultaneously, so develop lessons and projects to take advantage of this capability. Here are a few possibilities:

  • Divide students into two groups and have them race to solve a puzzle.
  • Let multiple students work together to construct an object.
  • Solve math problems in a relay fashion, with students handing off the pen to one another.

Make It a Teacher’s Tool Too

Although interactive whiteboards should be used to involve students in lessons, there also are times when it makes sense to gather a class and focus on a central point for a short lecture or demonstration.

Teachers who lecture frequently might be hesitant to build interactive lessons into their curricula because they worry that they will lose control of the classroom. But that needn’t be the case.

Interactive whiteboards can enhance lectures when teachers use them to check students’ understanding. For instance, after a five-minute lecture, a teacher can easily create three slides to check for basic comprehension, asking random students to step up to the board to re-create the object just explained, match countries to their proper flags or put the correct science lab safety equipment on a human dummy.

If teachers conduct such checks often during a lesson, students become more attentive, lessons become more meaningful, and the instructor retains full control of the classroom environment.


One of the advantages of using interactive whiteboard software is the ability to work on multiple tasks.

For example, a teacher can play a video clip on the left side of the board and ask students to check off vocabulary words on the right side while the video plays. During the video, teachers can easily take snapshots of the screen to capture critical moments, and students can take turns at the board writing notes about what they’re viewing.

Interactive whiteboards make something as simple as showing a video much more interactive than traditional lessons in which videos are used to supplement classroom instruction.

Take Small Steps

“I don’t have the time to move all of my PowerPoint slides to a new format that I am still uncomfortable with.” That’s a common lament from teachers who have created lesson materials in Microsoft PowerPoint and wonder about the value of converting them for use on a whiteboard.

The good news? It’s not necessary to toss all those PowerPoint lessons and lectures. If those lessons worked well in the past, they can still be used without the need to convert them into interactive whiteboard files. In fact, some tasks in PowerPoint are easier to accomplish than through use of whiteboard software because PowerPoint is a mature, refined product.

Even better news: Some teachers have materials in PowerPoint because textbook publishers provided an “instructor resource CD” to accompany the text being used in the classroom. Today, publishers provide additional material to be used with interactive whiteboards — and that’s a first step toward using whiteboard-authoring software on a daily basis.

The critical question to ask when designing lessons is, “What can your whiteboard software do that PowerPoint cannot?” Once a teacher has that answer, he or she can begin to identify and create meaningful, interactive lessons.

Expect This to Take Time

Remember sending out that first e-mail or adding your first friend on Facebook? It took time to figure out how to write on a Facebook wall, to figure out what that “cc” field in an e-mail window meant, to figure out how to attach a file. Today, most teachers perform these tasks easily. Why? They’ve been practicing a little bit every day.

Interactive whiteboards and the accompanying software are no different. To effectively use these tools, teachers need to use their interactive whiteboards every day — even if for only a few minutes or as part of a larger lesson. In time, working with the devices and the software will become a routine part of lesson planning.

If interactive whiteboard technology is in your classroom, your students are waiting for — and expecting — the magic.


Cool Interactive Whiteboard Lessons, Designed and Tested by Teachers (Part 2)

So, back on 2/26, I had written about the cool interactive lessons that Carson-Dellosa has available for grades K-2.  They have now announced that their Learning Spot Lessons are available for grades 3-5.  They are quite impressive, and right now they are even offering educators the opportunity to download a free unit.  For your free unit click here.

Carson-Dellosa Launches Learning Spot™ Lessons for Grades 3–5

Greensboro, NC (PRWEB) April 25, 2012

Carson-Dellosa is pleased to announce the recent release of units for grades three through five of their award-winning, digital lesson plans the Learning Spot™ Lessons. These lesson plans are designed to help teachers make the most of classroom technology and engage their students with Common Core Standards based content.

Educators have the limited time opportunity to experience Learning Spot™ Lessons by downloading a free unit at Learning Spot™ Lessons bring interactive whiteboards to life with complete curriculum units that allow teachers to plan lessons faster; each unit downloads in seconds, saving teachers hours of prep time.

“Our company’s transition into the digital space is centered around recognizing the need for comprehensive, high quality resources for the technology on which teachers now rely in their classrooms,” said Judy L. Harris, CEO of Carson-Dellosa. “Learning Spot™ Lessons are a breakthrough product in the digital education market, and we’re thrilled that they are being recognized and valued by both teachers and others in our own industry.”

Learning Spot™ Lessons were recently awarded the prestigious Best in Education Software Award (BESSIE). These awards recognize innovative and content-rich programs and websites that provide parents and teachers with the technology to foster educational excellence.

Learning Spot™ Lessons are compatible with all types of interactive whiteboards, as well as Macs and PCs. Teachers can use Learning Spot™ Lessons on up to five devices with just one account, perfect for computer workstations or to share with a fellow educator. Each content-rich unit features teacher notes, extension activities, group and individual activities, take home worksheets, and more.

“My overall impression has been very positive. The lessons are a great resource for teaching the Common Core Standards in Math and Language Arts,” said a teacher who participated in the Learning Spot™ Lessons pilot program. “The teacher notes available to support the interactive whiteboard lessons are proving to be a very valuable resource and add depth to my lessons. But the best part is that the children love them!”

To try Learning Spot™ Lessons and download your free unit, click here. To learn more about Carson-Dellosa click here.

About Carson-Dellosa
Carson-Dellosa Publishing, LLC, based in Greensboro, North Carolina, is a leading supplemental curriculum solutions provider for both educators and parents around the world. Founded by two teachers, the company boasts a 35-year history of enhancing a child’s learning potential and environment through quality curriculum, supplemental learning materials, and classroom resources.

Carson-Dellosa proudly provides teachers, parents, and children around the world with the best possible educational materials produced by the industry’s most recognized and respected award-winning brands including: Summer Bridge Activities™, Mark Twain Publishing, Key Education, HighReach Learning®, Frank Schaffer®, Spectrum®, Judy® Instructo, American Education Publishing™, and Brighter Child®. To learn more about Carson-Dellosa, visit,,, or

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