Interactive Whiteboards have started to play a huge role in classrooms in elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools. Interactive whiteboards allow students to become more involved in the activity and do an excellent job at engaging the entire class. Using Interactive whiteboards in math has become very popular and truly provides students with a visual and hands on learning experience. To learn more about Interactive whiteboards you can go to School Computing a blog that contains posts that go more into depth about what an Interactive whiteboards. I read the blog Interactive Whiteboard Resources for SmartBoard. by teacher Sanny Tendilla who blogs about many different ways in which Interactive Whiteboards can be used to facilitate math activities.
This blog is extremely helpful to teachers because it provides activities, instructions, and tutorials on many math activities. It also does a great job of spanning a wide grade range with the math activities it incorporates. One excellent program he has on his blog is a game called Fling the Teacher. This game deals with both one and two digit number multiplication problems. The children get to design a teacher and then if they select the correct answer to 15 problems in a row the teacher gets flung across the screen. It is a fun game and allows the children to physically touch the screen and see the numbers. Multiplication can alway be difficult for children, so being able to see the numbers and answers can really help. The game corrects wrong answers and congratulates correct ones. It also gives positive reinforcement when the children get a correct answer.
In one of my favorite posts she uses the Interactive Whiteboard to create a powerpoint on adding and subtracting decimals. The 15 slide powerpoint beings first with the lesson on decimals and how they are added and subtracted. Fun colors and effects are used, and the information is visible to all of the children. Then the class as a whole reviews what they have learned by taking a mini quiz using the board. They get to see the problem, work it out as a class, and pick the correct answer. This allows the children to review what they have just learned in a fun and interactive way!
The picture above shows an example of a problem using an Interactive Whiteboard. The children are presented with an equation to solve and then click the right answer on the screen. The device will either respond with GREAT! or Try Again! to let the child know if they have selected the correct answer.
The activities that I have shown as examples are all very suitable to Interactive whiteboards. The activities are able to be visually represented and they have the ability of engaging the entire class. Another site outside of the blog by Sanny that has a wide variety of activities suitable for Interactive whiteboards is a site called Smart Exchange. This site breaks activities down all the way from pre-school to high school with age appropriate activities and fun games. Interactive whiteboards are excellent resources for classroom of both children young and old. The two pictures below demonstrate activities from an Interactive whiteboard that represent two different grade levels.
This is a life cycle activity for a younger student in elementary school. This shows how Interactive whiteboards can be used in different subject areas and grade levels.
This image on the right is an activity for students a little bit older, perhaps at the middle school level. It shows that math activities on Interactive whiteboards can be used all throughout grade levels.
As technology is becoming a huge part of our world today Interactive whiteboards are becoming more and more prevalent in classrooms. As we begin our teaching career this tool will likely be something that we need to become familiar with. After looking at this tool can you see yourself using it in your classroom one day? Is there a favorite activity that you saw either from the blog or Smart Exchange? Have you seen the employment of Interactive whiteboards in schools? If so were they effective? Feel free to comment, and share your ideas!