Teaching with Interactive Whiteboards

By Megan Power on September 10, 2009

Once I received my Promethean Activboard through a grant two years ago, I could never go back to teaching without it. The benefits of using an interactive tool like the Promethean Activboard are tremendous. My teaching has evolved and my young students are progressing and understanding content at an impressive rate. Click to read further and to see a video about how this amazing tool has changed my teaching.

No money? Click to see a creative way to make an interactive board in your classroom...


I have found that my Promethean Activboard has increased interest and enthusiasm for learning. Every student is begging to get a chance to go up to the board to manipulate our flip charts. What does that mean? They are paying attention and want to participate!

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Last year I had some visitors in my classroom where I showed and discussed how my board has helped my teaching. Click the picture below to watch the video!

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I highly recommend teaching with an interactive whiteboard. I am partial to the Promethean Product because it is made for education. The software it comes with is all you need to build years worth of flip charts and lessons. Probably the best part is the online collaboration website Promethean Planet. You can register for free and "borrow" and share hundreds of already made flip charts even if you do not have a Promethean Activboard. The support from the company is amazing. They send out former teachers called TLC's to assist teachers in effectively using their boards with students for FREE!

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In the video, I talked about using the Activotes as a student response system. I will concentrate on these fantastic tools in another blog post. The Activote piece is an important part of my "real time" instruction.

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Don't have the money to purchase one of these amazing boards? Try creating a cheaper version. It has less capabilities but might do the trick!

Johnny Leetalks about making an interactive board with a Wii remote. Take a look...


Do you have an interactive whiteboard like my Promethean Activboard? Please share with us your thoughts and success stories!

Comments

HI Megan, I couldn't see where to click to find out information on how you got the grant money for your Promethean board. I taught in Virginia for 3 years and loved my Promethean board while I was there but now I am lucky enough to be returning to Maine where my family is but sadly most schools there just don't have the funding to buy interactive whiteboards. The schools that do have a few have SMART boards which are nice but I like Promethean better. I am hoping to bring Promethean to the area but I need to get one here and show it off first (and more than just a demo). So, how did you get yours?

E: Classroom Solutions DATE: 12/17/2009 03:22:54 PM A simple, cost effective solution to giving your classroom that technology makeover to help you to reach more students and maintain their attention.

Hi Megan,

I love your ideas about technology in the classroom! Can you give me a rough idea about how the interactive whiteboard system cost? We have grant money and are always looking for the best way to spend it!

Thanks you very much. The board costs about $1,300 but is really worth it. If you go on www.prometheanworld.com a sales person will bring a board to demo to your school. Good luck and have fun spending your grant money! Megan

Megan, I love your post about interactive whiteboards. I got a new one at the end of last year and am always looking for ways to utilize it. Thanks, Cyndee

Cyndee, Thanks! I am sure you are finding it to be very helpful in your classroom. Make sure to check out www.prometheanplanet.com even if you do not have this particular board. There are tons of lessons that you can use! Smiles, Megan

The whiteboards look great, wish I had one. We are actually having a tech trot at our school to raise money for new technology. Maybe I might be lucky enough to get one this year.

I love that you are interested in this new technology. Make sure to take a look at grants and awards. That is a great way to get some things for your classroom. There are also websites like Donorschoose.org where you can post up a need along with how you will use it and people can donate money towards it. I will be hoping for you! Smiles, Megan

I am not yet a teacher but am in route to becoming one! I can agree that using the smartboards in the classroom ultimately makes learning a lot easier so I can only imagine what it does for the teachers aspect!

You are so right. It really has changed my teaching. I get so much real time feedback on my students that assist me in adjusting my lesson to target their needs in the moment. When you finish school and get a job teaching, I highly recommend you try to get one. I got mine with a grant I wrote and won. There are plenty of grants and contests out there waiting to give away money for these great teaching projects. Smiles, Megan

My SmartBoard is my lifeline now! I love teaching with it, and yes, can't imagine going back to teaching without it. However, not all of the teachers in my school have boards, so I love the video about making the projector into one. Do you know how to get step by step instructions on how to create what he did? He was awesome! I will surely share this with my principal!

Especially with this economy and all these budget cuts it is difficult to get things like interactive witeboards into all classrooms. Here is a link I found that gives instructions on how to create on using the wii. I hope it helps! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5s5EvhHy7eQ There are several other how to videos linked up to this one! Smiles, Megan

Great Blog Megan.

I too am a big fan of the smartboard. I teach first grade and couldn't imagine starting off my morning routine without it. I try to incorporate technology within every aspect of my curriculum.

Thanks! That is wonderful that you love to intergrate technology into every aspect of your curriculum. That is so beneficial for your students on so many levels. Thanks for your comment and feel free to share some of the ways you use technology in your classroom! Megan

Jen, I will be getting a Prometean board later this year. I wonder if you could suggest a few lessons for 4th grade level. Linda

Linda, You will love your Promethean Board. Go onto www.prometheanplanet.com and register for free. They have hundreds of lessons for 4th grade that you can download and use for free. Also check out the tutorials on www.prometheanlearning.com. There is a free 1st set of tutorials that you can work on as you get ready for your board. I have been using one for 3 years now and I cant ever teach without it again! Let me know what you think! Megan

Thank you for the detailed answer! It's going to be great learning from you this year. Where I taught for eight years, preschoolers had a computer lab but it was just "learning" programs about beginning skills. I would love to help them get off on the right track with technology and everything it has to offer.

Thanks again,

Jen

Jen, I am glad my answer gave you ideas. I am a huge advocate for using technology to learn and not just teaching to use technology. Even our very young students are able to learn and create amazing things. I am excited to share some of it on my blog this year. Keep in touch! Megan Power

The Interactive Board looks great, and I would love to use it in my classroom. Can you give me more information on the model that you use. I noticed on the website they have several interactive boards.

Christina, I could not teach without my board now. I use the Promethean Activboard. I highly reccommend this beand over the SmartBoard because it is made specifically for education. The software is wonderful and the free online collaboration site is amazing. Check them out at www.prometheanworld.com. Let me know if you want more information. If you contact the company they will send someone out to your school to demo the board for you. Beware once you play with it your hooked!

Smiles, Megan Power

Johnny Lee's video was amazing! I am teaching at home. Do you have any advice for those that homeschool? I am teaching preschool to my son and other children in the community. I would love to involve them in this technology (and more of your ideas in the future).

Thanks!

Jen

Jen, I agree that video is awesome. I thought it would be helpful in these tight budget times. My advice with your homeschooling setting is to get the students using the computers. Not just getting them on websites but doing research and sharing what they are learning. I will be doing a blog entry on Voicethread during the year. This is a great tool to check out and use with young and older students. You can also have them blog about what they learned about and post pictures. My students blog at the end of the day as a class. Having your children create movies is a powerful way to have them learn. My class just finished filming a class rules movie. As we learned our rules we filmed the right and wrong way and made it into a movie. This experience really helped make the content important for them. I am looking forward to hearing a lot more from you this year. I checked out your blog and it looks great! Smiles, Megan

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