Teachers are notorious for their routines. They love to save lessons and materials and develop schedules and patterns to bring order to the classroom. Many plan out exactly how they want their school year to progress. It’s not surprising that some still shy away from the change that an interactive whiteboard would bring to the classroom. It’s hard to see the value in something that requires such a huge reworking of all the routines and procedures, especially when it involves learning a whole new set of technological skills.

Never fear. If the idea of an interactive whiteboard in the classroom leaves you cold, I’ve got some advice to help. With just a little time and effort, the interactive whiteboard will be an integral piece of your classroom routine.

Digitize it

You’ve probably got some great classroom resources built up already. Images, poems, short stories, documents, songs and videos can all be converted into files saved on the computer attached to the interactive whiteboard. You can make it easier for your students to experience those resources and have them stored in an easily accessible place without taking up classroom storage space.

Search it

Getting used to working with an interactive whiteboard system is a learning process, but you don’t have to go through it alone. Before getting frustrated because you can’t figure out how to do what you want, search it online through a search engine. Not only will the board’s makers have great advice, but teachers all over the country have posted tips, tricks and ideas about making the most of your interactive whiteboard instruction. I also recommend Gynzy for assistance with your interactive whiteboard.

Incorporate it

We all learn best by doing, so the best way to learn an interactive whiteboard system is to use it every day. Maybe at first you’ll just make a simple slideshow with pictures and text, but from there you may learn to link to websites and then add music or videos.