Best Practice

"The challenge with IWBs is a simple one, however: They are costly investments that do little to automatically encourage innovative teaching. Described by honest companies as a bridging technology designed to bring digital tools into traditional classrooms, they do more to facilitate existing practices — whole class lectures and presentations, independent work by individual students at “the board” — than they do to transform learning. Sadly, this pattern has become all too common — and comfortable — in digital integration efforts. As Clayton Christensen, Curtis Johnson, and Michael Horn demonstrate in Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns, most teachers use new technologies like IWBs to simply “sustain their existing practices and pedagogies.”" Learn NC

Best Practice:

Register your IWB: SMART, for example, in their licensing permits a school to install the software on many computers. The software installation requires an activation code obtained when registering one of their whiteboards. Schools often reuse the code over and over and do not register any other boards which can cause problems if warranty work is needed.

Don't turn your whiteboard into a glorified overhead projector by displaying information for students to copy. Create your own interactive resources, or use those available in the software community areas. Always ask yourself how you will engage your students with each lesson.

Use the record functionality in the software to create short videos of your lessons - then post them in Moodle or Plone so students can access the lesson later.

Let the students access the software to create presentations, share their learning or teach the class. Incorporated mobile devices and whiteboard apps into the classroom.

Capture and share a digital record of the brainstorming sessions

Utilize the resources provided by the manufacturers and their online communities.

Use online sites such as the National Library of Manipulatives and StoryOnline that work well with IWBs.

Follow blogs to gain up-to-date tricks and tips

Give students "control" to create the resources for lessons and units.

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