Whether you’ve just returned to school to find Interactive Whiteboards have been installed over the Christmas break, or you have been using an IWB for years but never really got to grips with what it can do, here’s a summary of blogposts I’ve written in the past that hopefully will prove useful to you.
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General IWB Ideas
Here are 8 ideas to keep it Simple when getting to grips with your interactive whiteboard. Stick to the basic tools and use them well.
In addition here are some Lesson Starter Ideas which are simple to make, yet very effective.
Also here’s a simple guide on the Creative use of colour in IWB files.
For some ideas of websites to use on your IWB take a look at 20 Interactive Whiteboard Resources for Teachers and 10 More Cool Teaching Resources for Your Whiteboard.
For those changing whiteboard brands.
First of all, if you have moved to a new school with a different whiteboard, here’s a guide to moving between Smart and Promethean and vice versa
New SmartBoard Users
Getting hold of a copy of Smart Notebook. Download the latest version here (currently 11.4). It should now not need activating, unless you want to use other features. It will however now only work on an actual Smart-brand board.
How to activate your copy of Smart Notebook and What to do when the network technician says you can’t have a licence key.
Do check that you have the Gallery installed. Click on the icon of a Picture on the side of Smart Notebook. You are looking for “Gallery Essentials” or “Essentials for Educators”
Get more resources from Smart over at the Smart Exchange.
New Promethean ActivInspire Users
To get hold of a copy of ActivInpsire, you can download one here. You will need a serial number from your ICT technician to make this copy work at home. Otherwise it will run as a trial version and then as a cut down personal version.
Get more resources from Promethean over at Promethean Planet.
If you have any whiteboard questions please get in touch. And if your school need any Smartboard or Promethean INSET sessions run then please let me know. I can do bespoke courses for any level of user. More of that over at my Think Bank website.