Whether you already have an interactive whiteboard in your classroom or are thinking about investing in one, there are many ways in which this kind of classroom technology can make your job easier while providing educational benefits to your students.
1. Depict Fractions Accurately
Most teachers have dealt with the frustration of trying to explain fractions to their students, only to find that depicting fractions (in the form of a pie chart, for example) isn’t always easy. With an interactive whiteboard, you can ensure accurately drawn fractions every time.
2. Create Customized Activities
The possibilities for customizing lessons and activities are endless with interactive whiteboard technology. There are plenty of templates built-in that make it easy to turn any lesson into an interactive learning activity that’ll keep students interested and participating.
3. Provide Student Feedback
When students come up to the board to complete a problem, use the whiteboard’s technology to leave smiley face stamps, stars, or a “thumbs up” on correct answers.
4. Avoid Using the Copy Machine
Let’s face it: no teacher enjoys having to make copies. Save yourself the hassle by using the interactive whiteboard to display assignment prompts and other information in your classroom.
5. Increase Student Participation
Encourage even the shyest students to answer questions in class by syncing classroom tablets with the whiteboard itself; students can then answer questions anonymously from their desks.
6. Appeal to Different Learning Styles
No two students learn in exactly the same way. Appeal to your auditory learners, demonstrative learners, and everybody in between with an interactive whiteboard.
7. Save on Cleanup and Chalk Dust
Never come home from work caked in chalk dust again and save on the hassle of cleaning your traditional whiteboard or chalkboard with the interactive variety!
8. Monitor Work in Group Assignments
Make sure everybody in a group is contributing to the assignment equally with software that allows you to designate different sections of projects to different students.
9. Save on Typing Out Math Problems
Typing and formatting math questions for worksheets can be time-consuming, especially when the equations have odd characters or superscript numbers. Save time and hassle by using your interactive whiteboard to instantly convert written equations to typed ones.
10. Kill Two Birds with One Stone
Need professional development credits for the year? Attending a conference or workshop on interactive whiteboard use can be a great way to earn those PD points and find out even more ways in which this technology can benefit your classroom.
Now that you have a better idea of the many ways in which you can use your interactive whiteboard, you can put yours to work to make your job easier and improve your classroom learning experience as well.
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