Monday, December 15, 2008
Teaching in London, England with Interactive Whiteboards (aka Smart Boards)
Picture this. It's Monday morning and you want your students to feel inspired to write a short story.
You could start with your own short story & read aloud to the students. You could read them a story by Robert Munsch or Roald Dahl. You could write a half completed sentence on the board & tell the students to finish it. You could show them interesting photos to get their creative juices flowing.
All of these ideas are fine, but ...
Well, let's face it. Students want more than a flat picture to look at, or a story read to them aloud.
In London, the vast majority of classrooms from year 1 all the way through to A Levels have Interactive Whiteboards (IWBs), which you may know as Smart Boards. This technology will change your teaching & make it much more interactive for the students. The VAK (Visual, Auditory and Kinestetic) approach is made much easier with the use of the technology.
Here's a set of sample Story Starts compiled by Teachers TV. In the video, you'll see how to use the IWB to inspire your students in their writing. Check it out, watch it, use it & spread the word.
Posted by Victoria Westcott