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IWB’s (Interactive Whiteboards)

In today’s ICT session we looked at the role of the IWB and how it is a great  interactive resource to  use in classroom to enhance children’s learning. During the session we all had an opportunity to have a go on the IWB, I would like to use this equipment a lot more in my future placements in order to gain more confidence. I have found that IWB’s can be  practical for both teachers and learners, (develops the learners fine motor skills and allows them to be interactive within the session).  A Smart board has many advantages such as it is interactive and it encourages pupils to be active participants, it appeals to all types of learners, provide updated information about any subject, they can help the teacher to gauge pupil progress and they can make the lesson more interesting.For teachers there are a bank of available resources  to choose from and new resources can be created and saved for future use, as can onscreen annotations made by the teacher and children.

My previous experience prior to volunteering and working in schools with IWB’s was minimal. When I was at school an IWB would have been very futuristic , the teachers at my secondary school used a traditional OHP (over head projector) to show and model a particular topic onto a whiteboard, you could say that the OHP  has evolved into a projector and the good old blackboard to has evolved into an electronic whiteboard, add a computer and hey presto you have an IWB, how technology has changed, and definitely for the better. The two most common examples of IWB’s which I have come across in schools recently are the ‘Promethean’ and ‘Smart Board’ technologies.  The approximate cost of  a Smart board is around  four thousand pounds which is quite an expense for a school for each classroom, and then there is additional costs for maintenance and repair.  The height of the IWB needs to be taken  into consideration in order for the pupils to gain access to it,  especially for the children in the Early Years and Key Stage One area of the school.

Smart Notebook – In today’s session we also looked at Smart Notebook program, this program  is the main software used to develop lessons for the SMART  Board.  The software gives you the option of developing files or slides, you can insert  clip art, sounds, video clips or hyperlinks. I have recently downloaded the software onto my laptop and hope to develop and increase my skills and become more confident with using software. I came across a really useful website called Kent ICT, the site has a range of useful interactive resources and lesson ideas for Literacy, Numeracy, Science, Foundation subjects, Early Years as well as other interactive websites click on the linkTeacher is  another informative website, click on the web address to have a browse.

In the ICT session we looked at and experimented with different Smart Notebook programs such as homing into part of a picture to prompt open ended questions – who, what, why, when, were etc. this could be a great starter for a literacy activity. I also looked at hiding a part of shape to see if the children could guess what the shape could be, which would be useful for early years mathematics, see examples below: