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Awesome Learning Games For Your Interactive Whiteboard

Today I’d like to share an article that I found that highlights some really cool websites that provide educational games to use with your interactive whiteboard.  Pretty cool.  Take a look!

I found this article at http://www.weareteachers.com/community/weareteachers-blog/blog-wat/2012/11/27/great-learning-games-for-the-interactive-whiteboard.

Great Learning Games for the Interactive Whiteboard

by WeAreTeachers Staff | Nov 27, 2012
This is a guest post written by Kate Willson of collegecrunch.org.
Interactive whiteboards are essentially giant touchscreens that allow educators to handle educational data and materials from their PC/laptops for their entire class to see. Teachers can use interactive whiteboards as an instructional tool to enhance their lesson plan in just about any subject. History lessons can be further elucidated by pulling up images from the era; math lessons can be fleshed out with graphical interpretations of numbers; science classes can make sense of a dense list of key terms by showing how they work to communicate an overarching scientific process.The examples above hint at the advantages of an interactive whiteboard as a learning supplement to traditional lessons. The device is perfect for ramping up student engagement and participation; most students relish the break from traditional textbook-based learning. There are a number of great sites that offer educational games specifically for interactive whiteboards:

  • For example, we love the educational games for grades K-12 on Scholastic’s interactive whiteboard webpage. Among Scholastic’s entries for interactive whiteboards is a game called “If You Were President,” which puts students in the position of Commander in Chief and has them make key policy decisions. Another game from Scholastic is “Poetry Idea Engine,” an interactive game where teachers can teach students about the basics of poetic form and structure—students can even create their own poems on the fly!
  • PBS Kids also offers a plethora of interactive and intellectually stimulating games for the interactive whiteboard. Among their titles include “Cyberchase: Lucky Star,” an adventure game-turned basic study in arithmetic. PBS Kids offers titles that cater to younger kids, mostly at grades K-5, but they also have a much wider selection than other venerable game sites I’ve seen.
  • Another resource for interactive whiteboard gaming is Mathsframe. This site offers comprehensive interactive math games and activities for all ages, from the basics of arithmetic to the advanced stages of algebra. One of the great thing about the games on Mathsframe is that they allow students to visualize complex math problems in such a way as to make the material easier to understand.
  • And finally we have a beautiful interactive whiteboard activity from National Geographic. Their MapMakerseries allows educators to navigate all parts of the globe with a simple tap of the whiteboard screen. Not only can students learn about world geography through this rich application, but they’ll also learn about different cultures, how people live other parts of the world, and so forth. Students will have a blast exploring the world from their classroom!
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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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Copyright © 2012 Education World

This article was found at http://www.educationworld.com/a_tech/getting-the-most-out-of-whiteboards.shtml, which is also an awesome website for teachers…. take a look!

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 http://www.ebeamrocks.com/, 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.

Multitask

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.

 

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eBeam makes interactivity easy for educators.

Around the world, eBeam interactive technology is transforming classrooms into dynamic learning environments where everyone participates. Our portable devices and powerful software help teachers plan, prepare and deliver compelling lessons, while keeping students involved and motivated.  And while our technology is transformative, it’s also practical: eBeam products are designed to be exceptionally easy to buy, install and use.

Interactive, inexpensive and intuitive.

Unlike costly digital whiteboards, eBeam offers educators a truly accessible path to interactivity. Our technology translates your movements into digital content, making any flat surface interactive—your existing whiteboard or your classroom wall. Our products are designed to work with the projectors and computers you already own. You can install an eBeam solution and be up and running in minutes, no technical knowledge needed.

Lower total cost of ownership: built in.

eBeam solutions lower costs every step of the way. Our purchase price is much lower than that of other interactive systems. Our small form factor means you’ll save on shipping. Our retrofittable, intuitive products reduce installation and training expenses, and our technology lowers costs by leveraging your existing equipment.

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Teacher Creates Awesome Whiteboard Art

OK- so this post is a little bit different from my normal posts, but I came across these really cool drawings that this teacher had created on his whiteboard, and I just wanted to share them.  Good, talented artists really impress me, and the fact that this guy did his artwork on his whiteboard (and later just erased them!) is mind-blowing to me.  Also, he completed each piece on his lunch break of only 25 minutes.  Anyway, take a look…

Teacher creates amazing 25-minute whiteboard art – pictures

Published Wednesday, Jul 4 2012, 6:01pm EDT | By Charlotte Grant-West

A teacher in the US has unveiled his amazing collection of whiteboard artwork.

Gregory Euclide originally started to draw on the board at his school in Minnesota River Valley to relieve stress during his 25-minute lunch break.

Gregory Euclide whiteboard artwork

© Gregory Euclide

Euclide’s paintings are made from things lying around the classroom, such as whiteboard erasers, paper towels, brushes, spray bottles and Japanese Sumi ink, which is made from soot, water and glue.

He said of his artwork and the student’s reaction to it: “In our culture, there is a strong emphasis on reproduction and the original seems less important.

“My students were shocked when I would erase the original, because they saw it firsthand, and they were disturbed that it was destroyed.

“People who do not see the original have no problem only looking at it on a screen or as a print, but once you see the original it is hard to let it go or believe that it could be destroyed.”

Gregory Euclide whiteboard artwork

© Gregory Euclide

Euclide’s artwork is also on the front cover of Bon Iver’s 2012 Grammy Award-winning album.

The teacher is putting together a permanent version of his artwork in a special edition of ten portfolios called Laid Down & Wiped Away.

This article was found at http://www.digitalspy.com/odd/news/a391596/teacher-creates-amazing-25-minute-whiteboard-art-pictures.html

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Interactive Whiteboards Discussed by the Experts

I found the following article to be very interesting because even though the comments are from experts from different companies and fields, their comments still seemed comparable.  I am a little disappointed that there weren’t any expert comments from anyone associated with Luidia, but it’s still a good article.  After reading both the concerns and upcoming trends in interactive whiteboards, I believe that Luidia is definitely moving in the right direction to provide outstanding technology that’s easy to manipulate.  Check out our website for more information on Luidia’s eBeam technology… http://www.ebeamrocks.com/.

The following article was found at  http://www.k-12techdecisions.com/article/interactive_whiteboard_experts_identify_best_practices_pain_points_and_upco.

Interactive Whiteboard Experts Identify Best Practices, Pain Points, and Upcoming Trends

Find out what you need to know about IWBs before you go all in.

By Leslie O’Neill

April 04, 2012

What are your top best practices for choosing and using interactive white boards?

“Practice with the IWB before you apply it in a professional setting.” – Philip Leimbach, User Support Analyst III, University of New Mexico

“Save and distribute electronic notes from meetings. Enable active collaboration in meetings. Encourage delegate participation in training sessions.” – Kevin Donaghy, Director, Virtual Channel Ltd

“Understand how IWBs can enhance your product or service. Compare available products to determine which best helps your business. Consider also the support you will get.” – Mark Madigan, President and CEO, IT Cadre

What are the most significant pain points you’ve experience with interactive white boards?

“Lack of use! The fear it instills in the faculty.” – Philip Leimbach, User Support Analyst III, University of New Mexico

“Users who don’t know how to use the board get frustrated and don’t use it. Ink-aware features can be erratic and may not work effectively. Users who have not been trained on using the software will only use it as a projection board, which makes it a very expensive projection board.” – Kevin Donaghy, Director, Virtual Channel Ltd

“Complicated proprietary operating systems. Multiple platforms for operating systems within the same [school] district. Lack of material or skill to create material.” – Todd Deluca, President and CEO, Aegom Interactive, Inc.

What are the top trends you foresee in the interactive white board space in the near future?

“Web-based software for IWBs to make use of flexible learning, cloud storage capabilities, and access to most current updates.” – Lisa Williams, Teaching and Learning Specialist, Mimio

“Companies will start to use this technology outside of the meeting room to collaborate with suppliers, colleagues, and customers using the SMART Bridgit software and video conferencing. Students coming out of schools and universities will be used to touch technology, and utilization will increase. More players will enter the market and the key differentiator will not be the boards, but the software supplied with them.” – Kevin Donaghy, Director, Virtual Channel Ltd

“A move from sensitive media for whiteboards to motion-sensing input. Cloud-based content. Inter-brand compatibility.” – Todd Deluca, President and CEO, Aegom Interactive, Inc.

“Larger displays, more flexible configurations, and better integration with software products.” – Mark Madigan, President and CEO, IT Cadre
How can colleges and universities get the most out of their investments in interactive whiteboards?

“Schools should rely on as many web-based resources as possible. Even if there is a membership fee, it is usually cost effective. Schools have to invest in professional development for technology integration.” – Lisa Williams, Teaching and Learning Specialist, Mimio

“Don’t buy equipment that your faculty will not buy into.” – Philip Leimbach, User Support Analyst III, University of New Mexico

“Train users how to use them effectively. Invest in remote collaboration software and video Conferencing, and meetings will be more productive, reducing travel costs and timescales to make decisions.” – Kevin Donaghy, Director, Virtual Channel Ltd

“Provide content or teach the teachers to create content. Buy an IWB based on flexibility with content sources and ease in creating content. Make sure there is regular support available to the teachers to use and create content.” – Todd Deluca, President and CEO, Aegom Interactive, Inc.

Luidia in the News with Imago Deal

The following article tells about a new deal between Luidia and Imago (Leaders in audio visual and video conferencing technology, distribution and servicing in the UK).  I especially like the comments by Ian Vickerage, the mananging director of Imago Group.  He emphasizes that Luidia’s products are inexpensive, but still appealing to both business and education customers.  I, personally, am amazed at the awesome quality of Luidia’s products.  Then, when you realize that Luidia’s products are sold at just a fraction of the cost of alternative technologies, it  just adds to Luidia’s greatness!

I found the original article at http://www.channelweb.co.uk/crn-uk/news/2136849/whiteboards-digital-imago-deal

Old whiteboards go digital in Imago deal

UK resellers get access to Luidia display technology that converts old media to digital

Video comms specialist Imago has inked an exclusive distribution deal with US-based projection and interactive whiteboard technology manufacturer Luidia.

Ian Vickerage, managing director of Imago Group, said Luidia’s products should appeal to various business and education customers.

“We expect it to put whiteboard-style technology on the business map in a way that traditional whiteboards have failed to do so far,” he claimed.

Luidia’s products are not expensive, Vickerage said, which should suit the cash-strapped education market.

“There is a real opportunity here for resellers looking to provide customers with technology that can replace their broken whiteboards at a fraction of the cost, or make fresh use of existing whiteboards to improve communication and collaboration between teachers and students,” Vickerage added.

Luidia offers a device called eBeam Classic Projection that is aimed at converting traditional whiteboards, or any suitable flat surfaces, into interactive displays. Digital files on a laptop can then be put through a projector and shown to an audience; for example, in a business meeting.

One specific product, eBeam Edge Whiteboard, harnesses a computer to take content from a traditional whiteboard and turn it into a digital file. Other products include wireless tablet hardware.