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September 3, 2015 10 Simple Interactive Whiteboard Tricks By Christy Crawford
Grades PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8, 9–12

    Make this the year to use your interactive whiteboard (IWB) for more than hanging artwork! Read the following tips to familiarize yourself with the IWB toolbar pictured below. (Think of this as a cheat sheet to make presentations easier, faster, and more exciting.) Then grab a co-worker or two and read "Loving Your Interactive Whiteboard" for IWB fun and games.

       

     

    1. Go Nuts With Color

    A set of four pens (red, black, green, and blue) comes with your interactive whiteboard. But tap the "Line Color" icon, circled in red, to write in any color imaginable.

     

    2. Vary Your Writing Instruments

    Choose a calligraphy pen, highlighter, or crayon. For fun, use the Magic Pen to write in disappearing ink. You may be amazed by the newfound speed and accuracy students will use to copy assignments once the Magic Pen is in use.

    Tap the Creative Pen to write with smiley faces. 

     

    3. Erase Like a Magician

    To make a big mistake disappear quickly, draw a circle around the area with the eraser and with a flick of your wrist tap once inside the area (with the eraser). Not in the mood for a magician-type flair? Just tap the "Eraser" icon and choose the width of your digital eraser.

     

    4. Draw the Perfect Shape 

    No more tracing or tedious drawing needed for math mini-lessons. Click a "Shape" icon to draw polygons. Then click a blank space on the screen, once. Drag the object until it reaches the desired size and then choose a fill color.

     

    5. Make It Easy For All

    Switch the toolbar to the bottom of the IWB so smaller students can easily reach the tool icons. Remind younger students that an interactive whiteboard is a one-touch device. Urge kids to put one hand behind their back and use just the pads of their finger (no nails!) to swipe across the board firmly and quickly.

     

    6. Fix a Flub
    If your touch isn't registering on your board or the cursor does not appear in the right place, you may need to orient the board. Simultaneously press and hold the two buttons in front of the eraser on the pen tray. Press your finger or IWB pen on the center of each cross during the orientation process. 

     

    7. Play Hide and Seek

    Hide answers so everyone in class has a chance to complete work. Tap the "Screen Shade" icon. Then click the circles and drag the shade for coverage. Double-tap the shade to completely cover the screen. 

     

    8. Send the Good News Home

    Click the large "Camera" icon to email parents student work or send a play-by-play of tricky problems. (Click the blue screen "Capture" icon below to grab the entire screen.)  

     

    9. Turn Poor Penmanship Into Perfection

    Click the "Line" icon and drag a perfect line across the screen.

    Write as normal. Press "Select" (the large black arrow). Tap in the left-hand corner of your text and drag until the dotted rectangle surrounds the text. 

    Press the small black "Menu Arrow" in the corner and hit Recognize. Voila!

     

    10. Link a Website to an Interesting Object

    Browse through the whiteboard's image gallery or create your own object with a "Shape" icon. To edit or change the object, press the "Select" icon (the large black arrow). Then tap the middle of the object. A dotted rectangle will appear with a small menu arrow. Choose "Insert Link" from the menu.

    Insert the URL or address you wish to link. Tap "Object" to launch the website and click "OK." Tap the object to test your link!

     

    What simple tips do you have to help busy teachers master their IWB?  Please share here!

    Make this the year to use your interactive whiteboard (IWB) for more than hanging artwork! Read the following tips to familiarize yourself with the IWB toolbar pictured below. (Think of this as a cheat sheet to make presentations easier, faster, and more exciting.) Then grab a co-worker or two and read "Loving Your Interactive Whiteboard" for IWB fun and games.

       

     

    1. Go Nuts With Color

    A set of four pens (red, black, green, and blue) comes with your interactive whiteboard. But tap the "Line Color" icon, circled in red, to write in any color imaginable.

     

    2. Vary Your Writing Instruments

    Choose a calligraphy pen, highlighter, or crayon. For fun, use the Magic Pen to write in disappearing ink. You may be amazed by the newfound speed and accuracy students will use to copy assignments once the Magic Pen is in use.

    Tap the Creative Pen to write with smiley faces. 

     

    3. Erase Like a Magician

    To make a big mistake disappear quickly, draw a circle around the area with the eraser and with a flick of your wrist tap once inside the area (with the eraser). Not in the mood for a magician-type flair? Just tap the "Eraser" icon and choose the width of your digital eraser.

     

    4. Draw the Perfect Shape 

    No more tracing or tedious drawing needed for math mini-lessons. Click a "Shape" icon to draw polygons. Then click a blank space on the screen, once. Drag the object until it reaches the desired size and then choose a fill color.

     

    5. Make It Easy For All

    Switch the toolbar to the bottom of the IWB so smaller students can easily reach the tool icons. Remind younger students that an interactive whiteboard is a one-touch device. Urge kids to put one hand behind their back and use just the pads of their finger (no nails!) to swipe across the board firmly and quickly.

     

    6. Fix a Flub
    If your touch isn't registering on your board or the cursor does not appear in the right place, you may need to orient the board. Simultaneously press and hold the two buttons in front of the eraser on the pen tray. Press your finger or IWB pen on the center of each cross during the orientation process. 

     

    7. Play Hide and Seek

    Hide answers so everyone in class has a chance to complete work. Tap the "Screen Shade" icon. Then click the circles and drag the shade for coverage. Double-tap the shade to completely cover the screen. 

     

    8. Send the Good News Home

    Click the large "Camera" icon to email parents student work or send a play-by-play of tricky problems. (Click the blue screen "Capture" icon below to grab the entire screen.)  

     

    9. Turn Poor Penmanship Into Perfection

    Click the "Line" icon and drag a perfect line across the screen.

    Write as normal. Press "Select" (the large black arrow). Tap in the left-hand corner of your text and drag until the dotted rectangle surrounds the text. 

    Press the small black "Menu Arrow" in the corner and hit Recognize. Voila!

     

    10. Link a Website to an Interesting Object

    Browse through the whiteboard's image gallery or create your own object with a "Shape" icon. To edit or change the object, press the "Select" icon (the large black arrow). Then tap the middle of the object. A dotted rectangle will appear with a small menu arrow. Choose "Insert Link" from the menu.

    Insert the URL or address you wish to link. Tap "Object" to launch the website and click "OK." Tap the object to test your link!

     

    What simple tips do you have to help busy teachers master their IWB?  Please share here!

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