Monday, February 8, 2016

Teaching with Interactive White Boards

Interactive White Boards (IWBs) have become a widely adopted teaching tool in schools across the globe in the past several years or so, and it doesn't look as if these powerful educational tools will be going away any time in the near future. In fact, studies have shown that "White Boards," as they are most commonly called, have a great deal of benefits, both for our 21st century students and teachers alike. 

Today's post is dedicated to highlighting the "awesomeness" of teaching with IWBs, as well as how teachers are using them in today's classrooms. 

The most popular white board in schools nationwide is the SMART Board; others rounding out the top three being the Promethean and Mimio boards. Each of these types of white boards include the following classroom applications, which are what makes them so admired by the 21st Century students, teachers, and schools currently:

  • Multimedia lessons and presentations including audio and video
  • Collaborative problem solving
  • Showcasing student projects and presentations
  • Virtual field trips
  • Recorded lessons that can be used by substitute teachers
  • Documentation of student achievement (NEAMember Benefits, 2016).

Most important, however, are the proven studies on the positive impact on teaching with interactive white boards. Here is some of what the research says:

  • Study results indicated that, in general, using interactive whiteboards was associated with a 16 percentile point gain in student achievement. This means that we can expect a student at the 50th percentile in a classroom without the technology to increase to the 66th percentile in a classroom using whiteboards (Marzano & Haystead, 2009). 

  • Positive results were especially pronounced at the fourth and fifth grade levels and significant interactions between achievement gains and grade levels were found in both mathematics and reading/language arts (Swan Report, 2009) 

  • Teachers whose students scored above the mean on both assessments were found to use the whiteboards more frequently (almost every day) than the teachers whose students scored at or below the means on these tests (Swan Report, 2009). 

How 21st Century Teachers Are Using Interactive White Boards:

1. Busy Bee Word Study by Hedy Dowstra-Cox:

Busy Bee Word Study Smartboard lesson and HTML Game is two educational applications in one! The Smartboard lesson introduces word phonemes with practice that will help children identify words with short vowel sounds, long vowel sounds, blends, final blends, double consonants, and controlled r words. This app is presented in a game format to motivate and excite children who are developing their reading skills.

2.  Bar Graph Creation by Miss Middle School Teacher:

This is a 24 slide lesson introducing students to graphing and graph analysis.

3.  Big Words for Big Kids by Gunderson's Goodies:

This ActiveInspire flipchart allows the teacher to read the clue, then click on the corresponding number to make each word appear on the ActivBoard. There are also cards for each lesson for students to move around to relate the various root words, etc.

4.  Kindergarten IWB Igniters by From the Pond:

These are short, simple drag-and-drop games for the white board.

5.  Number of the Day by Cat's Designs:

Using the random number generator tool the teacher generates the number of the day. using further random generators select numbers to add , subtract, multiply using the number of the day.

6.  Text Message Dialogue Graphic Organizer by April Whitehead:

Engage students of all ages in written expression with this write-your-own text message dialogue pack.

7. Pre-Primer Sight Words SMART Board Notebook by Your Teacher Assistant:

Teach emerging readers, ELLs, and RTI the pre-primer sight words: a, go, I, the, up, with this highly interactive SMART Board, complete with audio, writing, reading, and comprehension features. 

Yep, interactive white boards are here to stay. They are interactive, fun, and highly engaging. They inspire teachers to teach and students to learn more than ever before. How are you using interactive white boards to teach?