Interactive Whiteboard Query

I have an Interactive Whiteboard.

I rarely if ever use it.

Unlike most people who never use these things I do actually know how to use it.

I just don’t know why I would.

I use the data projector and screen, along with a wireless mouse and keyboard to allow me remote access.
If I want to write I use the regular whiteboard nearby.
I never want to save anything I write on the board; they are usually clarifications to notes which students have a copy of, or maths questions, or diagrams which I can interact with using my board markers.

I feel a little bad about this because I initally went with the hype which declared that this would change my whole way of teaching, and so I applied for funding from the school and was the first in the school to get one. Since then we probably have ten or more in the  school.

I actually had the IWB program open during this lesson, but I don’t see what advantage it provided.

What am I missing?

I can see why getting young ‘uns up to the board at Primary school level might be a novelty, but it doesn’t seem to hold the same appeal at secondary level, and anyway without an IWB students could still come up and use the wireless mouse.

I was reminded of this because Simon Lewis has written a fascinating article on inexpensive IWBs here. There can be little justification for forking out six grand when you can get basically the same service for one and a half.

But why do I need one at all?

I’m not for one second suggesting that these are a scam; hopefully someone will indeed tell me what I am missing!


Interactive Whiteboard Video

Ruth McElhone gave a presentation during the CESI conference last month on using the Interactive WhiteBoard (IWB). She mentioned that she had put an instructional video on Youtube but I could never find it until it appeared in Ewen McIntosh’s favourites on his delicious site, which in turn get featured when you sign up to his blog.

In any case, here it is. We have (and underuse) Promethean, whereas Ruth’s presentation is on an alternative called Smartboard. Very impressive nonetheless.

Thanks Ruth