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Whiteboards

Interactive whiteboards have the potential to deliver exciting and engaging lessons to children of all ages and abilities. Increasing pupils' involvement with a lesson and improving motivation and retention.

Watch Kyle Platt from Finaghy Primary School discuss and demonstrate the functionality of the whiteboard

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Key points from the video

  • Use appropriate font size and colour to be viewed at back of classroom.
  • Maximise windows on players and software.
  • Add websites to your favourites before lesson.
  • Have lessons prepared and  websites running in background before approaching the whiteboard.
  • Don't overload your whiteboard, use it to improve and enhance the lesson.
  • Resources that are suitable on a pc may not translate to the whiteboard.
  • Interactive voting systems encourage pupil interaction and can be used for assessing pupils learning.

Definitions

  • Infra-red/Ultrasound kits - these kits fit to a standard non-interactive whiteboard and require a special pen used without a projector
  • Passive whiteboards - these are touch sensitive whiteboards and can sense pressure from any object
  • Active whiteboards - are operated with an electronic or cordless stylus that detects what is being drawn on the board

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