So, you’ve had your smart board for a while now, and you’re getting better at integrating it into your lessons. You’re creating interactive, differentiated activities, and your students are engaged in working collaboratively and at their own pace. Fantastic! But consider for a moment that you may still have a lot to learn about this educational technology. Here are four smart board mistakes that you probably don’t know you’re making.
No matter how tech-savvy you are, you’re not getting the most out of your smart board unless you’re participating in professional development to learn about the new tools and functions that continue to be added into interactive whiteboard technology. This will be of great benefit to you because it will change the way you use your smart board and allow you to continue to add to its usability.
Collaborate with Other Teachers
You know that collaborative learning is beneficial for your students, but are you taking advantage of the resources that are available for sharing knowledge and information about how to use your interactive whiteboard? If you do an internet search for “smart board lessons,” you will be connected to tons of links to free, teacher-created, standards-aligned lessons and activities that you can download and use on your smart board right away.
Invest in Software
If you are willing to spend a little bit of money, subscribe to a site like Gynzy. Software like this is easy to use because it’s so intuitive, and it makes teaching with your interactive whiteboard easier and better by giving you access to a continually growing pool of smart board lessons, activities and games. You can also use the software on your laptop so that you can create your lesson plans from anywhere. Gynzy also lets you easily share lessons you’ve created with your colleagues.
Save Your Lessons
If you’ve spent time preparing a multimedia-filled lesson, complete with some fun, interactive activities, be sure to save the lesson in an easily accessible file so that you’ll be able to easily access and use in class while you’re teaching. Software programs for your IWB, like Gynzy, allow you to easily save your lessons in a file. Now you won’t have to worry about scrambling around searching for the tools you want to use and opening up several different applications on your computer. Simply open the file you saved, and you’re ready to start teaching.
What advice do you have for teachers to get more out of their interactive whiteboards?