How to use an interactive whiteboard in the classroom

using an interactive whiteboard in the classroom

Published: November 8th, 2021

Interactive whiteboard technology has changed the way lessons are taught in classrooms for over 20 years. From the first type of interactive whiteboard that operated by using an overhead projector with a connected laptop or computer, to the modern day interactive displays that allow students and teachers alike to use their fingers or interactive pens to control the connected PC. 

Having the ability to easily design engaging, fun study materials for students has given teachers many opportunities to improve their teaching process and create a friendly learning environment for students.

Utilising this front-of-the-classroom technology opens your students to the options of discovering, creating, sharing, and collaborating on the lesson topic. As educators, you are able to build engaging lessons including videos, images, and recordings of the explanation of a topic to effectively lay out ideas in a visible and accessible format.  

Throughout this blog we outline how to use interactive whiteboards for beginners and advanced users, helping you to get the most out of your lessons. 

Using interactive whiteboards for beginners

At their basic level, interactive whiteboards are really simple to use and can greatly improve the quality of a teacher’s lesson to make them more interesting for your students. We’ve outlined a few easy activities you can do with your interactive whiteboard below that you can make use of today!

Create Engaging Lessons

Interactive whiteboards really can help you create more engaging lessons for your students. You can now include videos, images, and recordings of explanations of a topic very quickly and easily, to be shared with the class. They are also great tools for laying out ideas and explanations in a visible and accessible format, especially if you use it for a tool to aid problem solving, fingers and pens can be used to annotate, write, draw, open documents, and search the internet for the answers. 

Use Google Earth and other interactive apps to inspire students

Google Earth and other teaching software is another way you can utilise your interactive whiteboard to inspire students’ learning. You can use Google Earth in almost every classroom. Explore the world, find rare plants and animals, discuss different cultures, civilizations, languages, architecture or tour football stadiums and museums. You could also play GeoGuessr to test students’ geography knowledge, exposing them to different parts of the world.

Group note taking

Interactive whiteboards are great for writing and saving notes to be shared around the class at a later date. Lots of interactive whiteboards come with lesson delivery software that helps drive student engagement and bring lessons to life with presentations and note taking.

Encourage your students to come up and jot down a few discoveries they make during group activities to save as notes that might help the rest of the class on a particular topic or project. 

Advanced interactive whiteboard tips to drive student engagement

If you’ve mastered the tips for beginner users of interactive whiteboards, why not try out some of these more creative and complex uses of your whiteboard.

Build a database of lessons

Interactive whiteboards are great for allowing students to playback and review the lesson whenever they want. Record your lessons then play them back on the interactive display during revision sessions to help your students prepare for exams.

If your school has not established a library of video lessons, create your own cloud! There are many ways to store videos, slides, and other materials. You can upload it all to free platforms like Google Drive or Dropbox and create a playlist for easy access and viewing!

Task students to create interactive resources

Make your lessons exciting and fun by mixing in some gaming elements with study materials and encourage your students to create their own interactive learning resources. Let their imagination run wild to creative interactive mazes or games to help them with their learning process. 

By manipulating the learning material and exploring how to integrate it within a game or simulation, the students are exposed to the content in new ways over an extended period of time. You could provide them with the following guidelines to help them in their creations:

  • Text and image must be included (older students may be encouraged to include embedded video)
  • The activity must be able to be completed in one class period
  • All important learning objectives and/or vocabulary for a unit need to be included

Get the most out of your class with interactive whiteboards and software

Whatever way you want to teach your students, keeping them involved in the process is important. When your students come to a classroom and feel like an active participant, it’s only going to help. Promethean creates world leading interactive whiteboards designed with the classroom in mind. Not only that, but we set the standard on educational software to help you get the most out of your smart technology.

Interested in learning more? Visit the virtual demo page to request a live demo of the Promethean interactive display.