The advancement of technology, in today’s world, is not something that happens only in the four corners of an office room. In fact, even in classrooms, various technologies are now coming into play. One such technologically advanced system that helps teachers in their day-to-day activity is the interactive whiteboard, or IWB.
Simply put, an IWB is a large whiteboard that is connected to a computer. It makes use of a projector in order to show the items on the whiteboard. Students can then make use of a pen or a stylus in order to interact with whatever is being projected on the whiteboard. That being the case, one complete unit of IWB would usually consist of the software, the computer where the IWB would be connected, the IWB, a projector, and a stylus or pen. Because of the complexity of this program, it does not typically come cheap, which is why you need to make the most of it if you ever have one in your school.
One of the things that you need to keep in mind when it comes to using an IWB is the fact that projectors are involved. As with any use of projectors, you need to make sure that the material that would be projected is big enough for your class to be able to read. If possible, make sure that you do not cram too much text on one slide so that your students can easily understand what is written on each. In the same line, you also have to make sure that your projector is cleaned on a regular basis, particularly the lens.
You would also need to make sure that your projector as well as your whiteboard is situated in an area where there would be not much sunlight coming in. If sunlight gets to filter through your classroom, you might need to have those windows curtained up. The projector should also be put in a place where there is less likely a chance of student getting between it and the white screen.
As much as possible, do not stray away from the objectives that you have set. Students, especially younger ones, can get carried away by the things that they can do with an IWB. By pinning your day’s objectives on the whiteboard, you can have the students relate it easily to what you are teaching them. There are a number of software applications currently available in the market that can help you do this. Some of these would include Smart’s Notebook and the ActivInspire from Promethean.
Another way to make the most of your IWB is to make sure that you time the amount of information that you reveal. While having an IWB take away the need for you to turn your back to the class, it also means that your students might just go through the information you are presenting without really understanding the concept behind each. What you can do is make use of certain software applications that would make it possible for you to present bits of information gradually during the whole class session. That way, you get to ensure that your students have a good grasp of the matter at hand before moving on to more complex topics.