What can IWBs do? - Drumcondra Education Centre - Interactive Whiteboards

Go to content

Main menu

What can IWBs do?

Interactive Whiteboards
CBI Interactive Whiteboard Project - DEC, ICS, CESI

(In case you arrive at this page via an Internet Search, click here to get to the CBI Project Homepage)

What can you do with a CBI, that you cannot do without ...or what can you do much more easily with one?

(Read below for some suggested Classroom Activities)

(The Video Clips linked to below will usually open in Windows Media Player)

  • You can use your ordinary handwriting and write directly into a Word Processor, Spreadsheet etc. (Word, Star Text, Wordpad etc.).

  • You can use the whiteboard software to convert your handwriting into text (see this video example - 572 Kb wmv file)

  • You can use the whiteboard as a touch-sensitive screen. You can launch programs from the Start Menu (see this video example - 600 Kb wmv file), click on hyperlinks, drag and drop items (see this video example - 346 Kb wmv file ...or see this example- 444 Kb)). ...without pupils wondering "where is Teacher positioning the mouse at the computer so that the Pointer moves there on the screen and then he gets that object to move over there!" There is even a Right Click! (see this video example - 432 Kb wmv file)

  • You can Annotate over - and save an annotated frame of - a Video File. (see this video example - 958 Kb wmv file)

  • You can Annotate over - and save annotated slides of - a Presentation (such as PowerPoint: see this video example - 974 Kb wmv file).

  • You can draw freehand shapes, and have them converted automatically into perfect circles, rectangles etc.

  • You can insert images and pictures from a resource bank, and then layer them one over the other.

  • You can hide and reveal objects (including text) by moving away coloured rectangles, by drawing blinds or by erasing the hiding object.

  • You can print and/or save all or a selection of your work on the board.

  • You can retrieve and display previous work (from earlier in the class, from yesterday, from last year) and add new levels of interaction with it. Imagine revising a topic with an exact replica of the original board work?!

  • Many things that you draw on the board can be re-shaped, re-sized, re-coloured, re-positioned or removed!

  • Some things that you draw can be used as 'hyperlinks' to other objects or to resource documents (such as websites)

  • You can capture the desktop, a whole application window or any part of the screen or of the window; you can then use this as a learning support in your whiteboard software.

  • With a data projector, the whole class can see and participate in the lesson.

Some Suggested Classroom Activities:

  • Join a Dot-to-Dot picture
  • Trace a Map
  • Do a Matching Exercise
  • Write in Translations of words or sentences
  • Re-Playing a Sum (only on some systems)
  • Colour in a picture
  • Highlight parts of a story or of a picture
  • Correct the Spellings (or solve an Anagram)
  • Write a Comic-book story
  • Cloze test: fill in the missing words
  • Trace a Maze
  • Solve the Alphabet Code
  • Write in Names on a Map
  • Solve a Wordsearch
  • Fill in a Crossword
  • Save the work of Teacher and/or Students (and also Print)
  • Answer True or False
  • Colour in a 100-Square
  • Colour in a Fraction Wall
  • Identify the differences between two pictures





Back to content | Back to main menu