- capture handwritten board work (images, notes and mind maps) for recap at the end of the session or later revision sessions. Captured board work can be saved and linked to a scheme of work for revision (must be saved in a way they can access it i.e. webpage or image. As you can add pages there is never any need to erase the information you write. A big advantage over a traditional whiteboard and it is also reusable.
Captured board work may also useful for colleagues teaching similar classes to exactly see what was covered in a session and the way it developed. This may be used to promote good practice amongst teaching teams if it is shared with and discussed with colleagues.
- convert hand writing into typed text for creation of handouts which can then be printed directly from the board. Images drawn on the board can be exported and used in other packages such as Hot Potatoes, Word and PowerPoint or inserted into your blog or web page.
- display visuals - Photographs, pictures, charts, graphs, diagrams, handouts, worksheets, timelines, clips can be accessed instantly.
- play audio-visual materials. You can use them to explain difficult theories or concepts - Try accessing videos from http://www.youtube.com/ or http://www.videojug.com/ I know there is some rubbish on there but there are also some gold nuggets too. Try a search for "blogging" on you tube and see what you get (Blogs in plain English is a great resource - and commoncraft do a whole range of these videos). Do a search for "podcasts" in your subject area and see the amount of material you have at your fingertips.
- demonstrate how a webpage is laid out (The student portal for example) or how a particluar piece of software works.
- instantly access online resource banks. This should always be your first move. Don't recreate the wheel. You can access video libraries, newspaper articles, free discussion boards, Newsgroups, subject specific resources from National Learning Network and many other providers, access image collections, e-books and much more.
- display the onscreen keyboard and work in any software application.
- capture screen grabs from the web
- add simple games and onscreen activities to your lessons to get the whole class involved.
If you would like to know more about Interactive Whiteboards please visit the ILT > Training > Trainer's notes area of the Intranet. There are some SMARTBoard ideas for Business and Health Care and a full document about Interactive whiteboards with activities for you to work through. You could also contact Wendy Peskett or Tony Welch or leave a comment below. Never used a Blog - Welll you can click on the comments link below and follow the instructions on screen. If you haven't got an account select anonymous. Make sure you see the message which reads "your message has been posted" If you don't see this it hasn't worked. You could also complete the poll - top right of the screen to let me know what you think of the tip. Happy voting!