I like to think that I’ve learned to use my interactive whiteboard pretty effectively. But now and then I’m lucky enough to attend a training or to collaborate with other teachers, and I realize that the possibilities for enriching my students’ learning with my interactive whiteboard are almost endless. Here are four uses for the interactive whiteboard that will impress your coworkers.

International Children’s Digital Library

The International Children’s Digital Library is a collection of digital books in 61 languages from 228 different countries. Their mission is to make outstanding children’s books from around the world available to all children. Share stories from different countries on your interactive whiteboard, and have a discussion about similarities or differences among cultures. Teach whole or small group lessons on reading strategies using one of the digital books on your interactive whiteboard. Instead of a book report, have students create a podcast about one of the books using a site like PodOmatic. For more ideas about how to use this digital library in your classroom, visit the Check out the Using the Library section on their website.

Free Magazines Online

Free Magazines Online offers free access to countless magazines, columns and blogs on topics such as science, the arts, business, news and sports. Use the magazines to teach English vocabulary and American culture to ELL students. Find and project articles on current events on your interactive whiteboard. Have students work together to compare coverage of current events. Teach reading comprehension skills by projecting articles on your interactive whiteboard, and annotate, underline and highlight passages as you discuss them.

Poems to Make, Watch and Hear

Poems to Make, Watch and Hear is a BBC site that engages students in poetry by presenting it in different presentation styles. Introduce a unit on poetry by playing a few clips on your interactive whiteboard. Students can respond to the clips in a classroom discussion or write reflections in a journal.


Geocam.tv links to active webcams all over the world. Project this site on your interactive whiteboard and click on webcams anywhere in the world to explore geography and weather. Animal webcams allow students to observe animal behavior and keep a journal. Visit areas that have been affected by natural disasters.

I was impressed when I learned about these applications for my interactive whiteboard. What impressive interactive whiteboard tips can you share?