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.


  1. I have a SmartBoard in my class room and I use it every day. It is FAB!

    In addition to educational software and YouTube, I have also come up with a nice way to get the students to reflect on their lessons with me. We are required to shared our lesson objectives with students and most of the staff deal with this by getting the kids to copy one or two short sentences from the normal board at the beginning of every lesson. The sentences give a brief outline of what they will learn before the end of the lesson, hence the lesson, or occasinally learning, objective. The kids hate having to do this and I hate asking them to copy useless things from the board. So- I use the internet and my wonderful SmartBoard! I set up a learning blog for all of my classes, whereby one student summarises what they have just learned at the END of the lesson. It avoids the copying option, ticks the requisite box, encourages student involvement and makes use of the available technology.

  2. Great Idea! Are we able to see this blog as well, or is it just available for your students? I am very curious to see how schools use blogging to enhance & improve education.

    Thanks for sharing!


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