This list is based on the one originally produced by the Review Project a few years back. Sadly their website is no longer active so I will repost it here since it’s a handy list of things to consider.
1. Make sure there is plenty of space both in front and to either side of your whiteboard so that you can move around it and access all parts of the screen easily. It helps to be able to stand to the sides of the board to minimise shadow and to be able to face the class without being dazzled by the projector.
2. If you can, install wall mounted speakers. This means that sound is of better quality and carries better across the classroom.
3. Use a font type and size that can be easily seen at the back of your classroom – Arial, Comic Sans and Sassoon Primary are recommended fonts for schools. Check your presentations are legible: stand at the back of your classroom and see if you can comfortably read it.
4. Try to use background colours other than white – pale pastel colours improve legibility and if you have a problem with glare from windows without blinds, try using black/dark blue and using white or yellow for writing. Avoid distracting backgrounds.
5. When viewing a website, if you press F11 on your keyboard it will remove all the toolbars at the top of the page, displaying your webpage in a much larger screen, making the site more visible. To bring toolbars back, press F11 again.
6. Look into using a wireless keyboard which can be placed near your whiteboard for times when you want to add text. This saves dashing back to your computer each time you need to enter text. A wireless mouse may also be useful when you want pupils to interact with the materials on the board without the disruption of moving them around the room.
7. If you are going to use a website in a lesson, add it to your Favourites / Bookmark it and then you can access it quickly and easily without typing in complex web addresses. Or add it as a hyperlink to a page in your whiteboard presentation.
8. Try and create documents where you do not need to scroll up and down – instead of 3 paragraphs on one page, add 1 paragraph to 3 pages. Space your work well to leave room for annotations and comments, which can be retained if you do not need to scroll up and down the document.
9. Get the whiteboard software put onto your home/staffroom computer so that you can prepare pages in advance of the lesson without having to be at the whiteboard. Save the files onto USB stick to bring into school or email to your school account.