When teachers are asked about what kind of educational technology they think will have the biggest impact on their teaching, most teachers will say that they count on their interactive whiteboards to enrich their students’ learning experiences. But just having one in your classroom doesn’t guarantee that it will be used correctly and that the students will benefit from using it. What secrets can successful teachers share about how they get the most out of their interactive whiteboards?
Practice Make Perfect
It may sound obvious, but the only way to get good at something is to practice. Work at getting familiar with your interactive whiteboard every day. Challenge yourself to try new games, software and other tools, and take the time to reflect on what worked and what you would change the next time you teach a lesson. You might feel intimidated about using technology with which you’re not that familiar, and chances are you’ll make a few mistakes along the way. But any good teacher will tell you that making mistakes is the best way to learn.
Invest time in professional development to develop a better understanding of how the smart board functions and of the tools that are continually being added. As you continue to learn more, you will continue to add to the usability of your smart board.
Collaborate with Other Teachers
Participate in an on-line group or subscribe to a site like Gynzy where teachers share lessons and troubleshooting tips. Search by subject area and grade level, and you can find and download teacher-created, standards-aligned, ready-to-use activities. As you learn more about how to use your board, you can tweak these activities to meet the specific needs of your students. Getting ideas from other teachers will expand the way you use your interactive whiteboard in your teaching.
These are just a few tips that will help you become more successful at integrating the interactive whiteboard into your teaching. What tips and secrets do you have to help teachers learn more about successfully using their interactive whiteboards?