Monday, November 14, 2011

Improving Your Interactive Whiteboard Lessons

The possibilities of real student engagement using the many new interactive whiteboard web 2.0 tools will continue to revolutionize the classroom experience. Are you looking for a new way to engage your students? Would you like to have the capabilities of an interactive board without having to actually have an interactive board?

There are many third party websites that will allow users to create content in real time.

FlockDraw: Free Online Drawing Tools and Collaborative Group Whiteboard. FlockDraw features include unlimited number of users, ten users drawing in real time, no registration needed, chat room, and other additional features.

Scriblink: Free Online Whiteboard that is simple, user friendly with export options.

CoSketch: Great site to use with middle school or high school students. CoSketch is simple, allows Google map support, and does not have the chat feature. The sketch can be exported only as an image. Nice tool to use with your students and my personal favorite.

Smart has just came out with their own web 2.0 version, Smart Express. Smart Express is notebook lite, including a pages and attachment tab. Tools are very limited, but it is a nice alternative and allows users to quickly access a familiar tool online.

Show Me Interactive Whiteboard App: A new app available on iTunes allows you to use voice over to record an interactive whiteboard lesson and it is FREE! Great news for apple users and lots of potential for classroom applications.

Doodle Buddy: It has been around for a while, but I thought I would mention it as a possible interactive whiteboard resource.

Adding more users to the interactive whiteboard experience can allow for an more engaging classroom lesson. Student can record narration, create collaborative podcasts, brainstorm, or problem solve using a collaborative interactive whiteboard web 2.0 tool. For example, many students could work in groups to solve a math problem, solve complex problems, brainstorm, and analyze scientific hypothesis, use images and text to improve scientific vocabulary skills, and add visual learning tools to your curriculum material.

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