As teachers we are all looking for ways to streamline our lesson planning process. Since I’ve been using my interactive whiteboard, not only have I decreased the time I spend on lesson planning, but I’ve also been able get rid of a lot of visual clutter and distractions in my classroom.
Reduce Lesson Planning Time
The interactive whiteboard really helps me reduce the time I spend on lesson planning and preparing teaching materials. I participate in several online communities where teachers share tips and ready-to-use lesson plans and activities. There are tons of great ideas out there, and while you might need to tweak them a little to meet the specific needs of your students, it can be a real time saver to have access to activities that are ready to go. When considering how to differentiate my instruction, I don’t need to spend a lot of time preparing different materials. Gynzy is packed with tools that the kids love to use. It allows me to create multimedia interactive activities that address the needs of visual, auditory and kinesthetic learners. I can also adjust the sound and graphic settings of my presentations and activities for students with visual or auditory impairments.
Reduce Time Planning and Administering Assessments
Whether you’re designing formative assessments to drive further instruction, or summative assessments to determine grades, your interactive whiteboard will help to reduce the time you spend planning and administering them. Just about any interactive activity on the whiteboard can give you information about students’ understanding of concepts and tell you what you need to reteach. For report card grading, end of unit tests, or any other summative assessment, your interactive whiteboard will save you time and energy. At many schools they’re required to do several literacy and math assessments at the beginning and end of the year to measure student performance for school-wide achievement goals. It can be quite time consuming, but a timesaver could be to allow some students to complete an assessment on the whiteboard while others work simultaneously with their teacher or at their seats.
Reduce Wasted Paper
Anything that you create on your interactive whiteboard can be saved as a digital file. Your interactive whiteboard comes with software that includes hundreds of graphic resources, such as math tools and paper backgrounds such as graph paper. That means fewer worksheets. Most interactive whiteboards are compatible with Microsoft Office programs, so you can easily generate a file in Microsoft Word or PowerPoint, and access it through the whiteboard software so students can interact with it. Save screen captures of annotations made on websites and applications so students can access them later for review or practice. Save your lessons so an absent student can make it up. Export copies of files as a pdf and e-mail it to parents who want to work with your students at home. Add any of these digital files to your class website so students can access them from any computer.
Reduce Visual Clutter
If you’re anything like me, then having a mess in you classroom is stressful. Also, if you have students with sensory issues, then visual clutter in your classroom can be so distracting that it affects their ability to function. Your interactive whiteboard comes with virtual manipulative tools that give your students all the benefits of working with manipulatives without the hassle and mess of having to store them.
Reduce Student Distractions
We all have students who have difficulty getting motivated to work on certain tasks, and these are usually the skills they most need to work on developing. For many students, it’s writing, especially editing. Teachers we work with have decided to let them work in pairs on the whiteboard to edit their writing samples, and using the electronic pens and the keyboard really inspired them to work harder. They even stuck to it when they went back to their seats. Many of their colleagues say that their students are engaged visually and kinesthetically and seem more interested in learning about many subjects because they can interact with the visual and tactile elements of the lessons.
Thanks to my interactive whiteboard, I have what I like to call a minimalist approach to my lesson planning. What tips do you have for saving time, resources and paper with your interactive whiteboard?