Using Electronic Whiteboards in Your Classroom: Profiles, ideas, lesson plans and web sites

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Profiles of schools and industries using electronic whiteboards
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Art
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Business Education
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Cross Curricular
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English Language Arts
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F/CE
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Foreign Language
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Guidance
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Information Literacy
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Math
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Music
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Science
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Social Studies
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Art

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Electrifying Art History
Grades 7-12
Learn about famous artists and their work through interactive, participatory visual presentations.
Available http://www.smarttech.com/lessonplans/art/art_history.asp
Visualizing Art in 3-D
Grades 7-12
Create virtual art
Available http://www.smarttech.com/lessonplans/art/art_3d.asp

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Business Education

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Cross-curricular

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Save lessons to present to students who were absent. http://www.pershing.k12.nv.us/elementary/SMART.htm

Use the "record" feature to make a short movie to demonstrate steps in using computer software. Example - Teaching Adobe Premier - record a short movie of "Importing a Still Image." Make a lot of short movies with an index. Create a "How To" cd for class/studentsto use. http://www.pershing.k12.nv.us/elementary/SMART.htm

Use the SmartBoard to prepare a lecture and training sessions and burn it to a cd. Then use it for "substitute lesson plans" on a day you have to be gone. No more lost time when the teacher has to be out and very easy for the substitute to deliver! http://www.pershing.k12.nv.us/elementary/SMART.htm

Portfolio assessment using microphone and SmartBoard recorder. Student presents project research on SmartBoard during class. During parent/teacher conference, the taped original presentation is shown to parents and the original work could be considered a draft. Students can go to draft presentation and make corrections. Teachers and parents can then view and hear corrections or though processes of learning and revising. http://www.pershing.k12.nv.us/elementary/SMART.htm

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General games @ Funbrain.com
Search by subject area and/or grade level. http://www.funbrain.com/teachers/curric.html

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English Language Arts

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Ideas for teaching writing, e.g. interactive story writing, collaborative writing and revising. http://www.smarttech.com/education/k12writing.asp

Do daily language on Smart Board. Have kids come up and make changes using editing and proofreading marks. Also use highlighter tool to highlight nouns, verbs, adjectives, etc. http://www.pershing.k12.nv.us/elementary/SMART.htm

"I use mine every morning for Daily Oral Language and Daily Analogies. The kids fix the mistakes in sentences on paper and then I call them up, one-by-one to fix them with editing marks on the SMARTBoard. " Brooke Higgins Carthage, MO http://emints.more.net/info/northeast/techtips.html#tip%204

Grammar practice: Write words that make a sentence. Scramble the words and have the kids to together the words to make their own sentences. http://www.pershing.k12.nv.us/elementary/SMART.htm

Growing stories: Have students come to the SmartBoard at different times during the day to add an original sentence to a story. You could begin with a prompt or have students begin the story themselves. http://emints.more.net/info/northeast/techtips.html#tip%204

Literacy in Junior school
Read with the class, drawing attention to key parts from the text. Children can then come up and highlight or underline words in the word and sentence level work. Key phrases, dialogue and the manipulation of text can be used by the children as a board activity or as a follow up in the computer suite.
http://www.kented.org.uk/ngfl/whiteboards/tent1.html [scroll halfway down page]

Write a daily newsletter article with students. We discuss what we learned that day and write a paragraph about it. Students use the on-screen keyboard to help with writing the article. Add digital camera pictures, clipart, etc. At the end of each week, print the newsletter and students take it home. http://www.pershing.k12.nv.us/elementary/SMART.htm

Primary School Literacy Activities
Includes objectives, tasks, and outcomes
http://www.molehill-copse.kent.sch.uk/whiteboard%20done%20literacy.html

Spelling rules: "Type in your spelling list in separate text boxes. Have students group the word and then make their own rules for how the groups are similar. This activity could also be performed in groups with each group having a unique page of words. This could also be done with grammar rules, such as the rules for creating plurals. Put several sample words on the board, have the students group the similar words and write the rules for creating plurals." http://emints.more.net/info/northeast/techtips.html#tip%204

Word sounds, prefixes and suffixes: "Type the part of the word to be studied (such as ing) in a different color. Type base parts in separate boxes and have students drag the boxes to create unique words." http://emints.more.net/info/northeast/techtips.html#tip%204

Lesson plans

Adjectives. Outcomes of lesson:
  • to investigate the effect of changing adjectives
  • to use adjectives to make text more interesting
http://www.kented.org.uk/ngfl/whiteboards/north1.html

Animals on Display
Grades K-6
Students develop PowerPoint presentations about their favorite animals
http://www.smarttech.com/lessonplans/language/la_animals.asp

Haiku is Happening
Grades K-6
Encourages students to associate words with images and better understand haiku poetry. http://www.smarttech.com/lessonplans/language/la_haiku.asp

Learning Letter by Letter
Grades K-6
Used with cursive writing software, this lesson makes use of the SMART Board interactive whiteboard's handwriting-recognition feature to test students' handwriting skills. http://www.smarttech.com/lessonplans/language/la_letter.asp

Learning by Example
Grades K-6
Collaborative creative writing and editing. Students work together on a story and apply what they've learned to their own individual writing pieces.
http://www.smarttech.com/lessonplans/language/la_editing.asp

Rhyming cvc words. Sebastian Swan with 1st grade.
http://www.kented.org.uk/ngfl/whiteboards/swan.html

Short stories simplified
Grades 7-12
This lesson teaches students to recognize the key components of a story and organize their ideas to generate a creative composition.
http://www.smarttech.com/lessonplans/language/la_stories.asp

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F/CE

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Foreign Language

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Use of interactive white board with foreign language CD-Rom in HS classroom
http://www.ibidwhiteboards.com/home/story02.html

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Guidance

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Primary School citizenship
http://www.kented.org.uk/ngfl/whiteboards/stlawr.html

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Information Literacy

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Evaluating information, checking accuracy and questioning plausibility
http://www.kented.org.uk/ngfl/whiteboards/north2.html

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Math

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"...I scanned the math manipulatives we use in class and saved them in a file. I scanned them all as separate objects, so they can be manipulated on the screen. This is helpful to have students share how they may have solved a problem and to be able to demonstrate it on the smartboard." Lori Mathys 4th grade California Elementary http://emints.more.net/info/northeast/techtips.html#tip%204

Lesson plans

Math Problems: Power in Numbers
Grades 7-12
Students solve mathematical problems in a group setting
http://www.smarttech.com/lessonplans/math/math_numbers.asp

Mathematics in Junior school
100 board patterns
http://www.kented.org.uk/ngfl/whiteboards/tent1.html

Math Word Problems
"Use this file as an alternative for reviewing math word problems that may appear on the TAAS test. Students can use the SMART pens to solve the problem on the board."
http://www.saisd.org/technology/education/classroom.asp

Web sites

ExploreMath
Highly interactive math activities for students and educators. http://www.exploremath.com/
Topics include:
  • Points in the plane Lines/Linear equations
  • Quadratics/polynomials
  • Systems
  • Inequalities
  • Conic sections
  • Exponentials/logarithms
  • Trigonometry
  • Complex Numbers
  • Absolute value
  • Reflections
  • Probability
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Math•lets are math applets you can use to explore math and create interactive lessons. http://illuminations.nctm.org/mathlets/index.html
Affine Recurrence Plotter: A(n) = b A(n-1) + c
Grades 6-8 and 9-12
Customized grapher based on general Spreadsheet and Graphing Tool. Use tool to investigate graphically effects of varying parameters in an affine recurrence relation, using sliders to adjust values.
http://illuminations.nctm.org/mathlets/affineplot/index.html

Affine Recurrence Spreadsheet: A(n) = b A(n-1) + c
Grades 6-8 and 9-12
Customized spreadsheet based on the general Spreadsheet and Graphing Tool. Preloaded to  numerically investigate affine recurrence relations.
http://illuminations.nctm.org/mathlets/affinesheet/index.html

Cubes
Grades 3-5
Volume of cubes can be developed by considering unit cubes, single row (longs) of unit cubes or single layer (flats) of cubes using this applet.
http://illuminations.nctm.org/mathlets/cubes/index.html

Electronic Abacus Applet
Grades pre-K-2 and 3-5
Explores use of abacus model for representing numbers and performing addition.
http://illuminations.nctm.org/mathlets/abacus/index.html

Expression Pan Balance
Grades 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12
Interactive pan balance "weighs" numeric or algebraic expressions. Practice arithmetic and algebraic skills, and investigate concept of "equivalence"
http://illuminations.nctm.org/mathlets/expbalance/index.html

Factor Game
Grades 3-5 and 6-8
Interactive game that exercises factoring ability. Test skills against a human or the computer.
http://illuminations.nctm.org/mathlets/factor/index.html

Fractal Tool PROTOTYPE
Grades 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12
Try the preset fractals and play with the shapes in each window to understand the iteration process
http://illuminations.nctm.org/mathlets/fractal/index.html

Fraction Game
Grades 3-5 and 6-8
Interactive one-person game to practice skills while exploring relationships among fractions and ways of combining fractions.
http://illuminations.nctm.org/mathlets/fraction/index.html

Fraction Pie
Grades 3-5, 6-8
Explores several models for representing fractions with adjustable numerators and denominators. Version 1: The range of numerator limited to values from 0 &endash; 20; denominator limited to benchmark values 1, 2, 4, 5, 8, 10 and 20. Version 2: The range of the numerator and denominator is limited to values from 0 to 20. Version 3: The range of the numerator and denominator is limited to values from 0 to 100.
http://illuminations.nctm.org/mathlets/fractionpie/index.html

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Graph Creator PROTOTYPE
Grades 6-8 and 9-12
A prototype graph creator for drawing and manipulating graphs.
http://illuminations.nctm.org/mathlets/graphcreator/index.html

Isometric Drawing Tool
Grades 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12
Use interactive mathlet to create dynamic drawings on isometric dot paper. Draw figures using edges, faces, or cubes. Shift, rotate, color, decompose, and view in 3D or 2D.
http://illuminations.nctm.org/mathlets/isometric/index.html

Now/Next Recurrence Table Generator
Grades 6-8 and 9-12
Illustrates one method of dynamically generating a table of values for a recurrence equation.
http://illuminations.nctm.org/mathlets/recurrence.html

Pool Table
Grades 3-5 and 6-8
Interactive electronic version of the game of Paper Pool, in which players shoot a pool ball so that it bounces off the sides of the table at a 45-degree angle until it lands in another corner.
http://illuminations.nctm.org/mathlets/pooltable/index.html

Product Game
Grades 3-5 and 6-8
Interactive game that exercises skill with factors and multiples.
http://illuminations.nctm.org/mathlets/product/index.html

Shape Pan Balance
Grades preK-2 and 3-5
Double pan balance provides environment to consider concept of "equivalence". Weight of objects can be specified and fixed, or changed dynamically.
http://illuminations.nctm.org/mathlets/shapebalance/index.html

Shape Tool PROTOTYPE
Grades 3-5 and 6-8
Tool to manipulate different shapes in several ways. Draw, color, paste, slice, rotate, reflect, expand, and contract.
http://illuminations.nctm.org/mathlets/shapetool/index.html

Sound Sketch Tool
Grades 6-8 and 9-12
Sound can be measured and quantified in many different ways. Sheet music is one way to represent a series of sounds. MP3 players and computers use a different representation to store a sound. This activity includes software that allows you to sketch and quantify sound using two different representations.
http://illuminations.nctm.org/mathlets/soundsketch/index.html

Sound Wave - How do computers represent sound?
Grades 9-12 Frequently sound is described using terms such as pitch, tone, frequency, intensity or loudness. To understand the origins of these terms as well as to understand the mathematical models used to represent sound, this applet can help you to explore the dynamics of a sound wave.
http://illuminations.nctm.org/mathlets/soundwave/index.html

Spreadsheet and Graphing Tool
Grades 6-8 and 9-12
Interactive math applet combines features of spreadsheets and graphing calculators. Can be used as general tool or customized for specific purposes.
http://illuminations.nctm.org/mathlets/grapher/index.html

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Spreadsheet
Grades 6-8 and 9-12
Simplified, yet powerful, spreadsheet has many of the same features as a complete spreadsheet. It is provided online so that you can remain in a web-browsing environment while using it, or in case you do not have a complete spreadsheet.
http://illuminations.nctm.org/mathlets/spreadsheet/index.html

Vectors and Cars
Grades 6-8 and 9-12
In interactive simulation, "drive" a car by adjusting the magnitude and direction of a velocity vector.
http://illuminations.nctm.org/mathlets/vector1/index.html

Vectors and Planes
Grades 6-8 and 9-12
In simulation, user "flies" an airplane by adjusting the airplane velocity vector and the wind velocity vector.
http://illuminations.nctm.org/mathlets/vector2/index.html

Patterns in Math
Explore logic patterns
http://www.learner.org/teacherslab/math/patterns/logic.html
Explore number patterns
http://www.learner.org/teacherslab/math/patterns/number.html
Explore word patterns
http://www.learner.org/teacherslab/math/patterns/word.html


Project Interactivate
Java-based tools that correlate with middle school Math standards and concepts. Includes lessons, discussions of concepts and activities to use with students. http://www.shodor.org/interactivate/index.html
The Elementary (gr. 3-5) versions are at http://www.shodor.org/interactivate/elementary/index.html

Shape and Space in Geometry
Activities about shape, including identifying properties of shapes and measuring dimensions. Activities about space focus on moving objects around in your imagination, and visualizing how things will look. http://www.learner.org/teacherslab/math/geometry/


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Music

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World Music
Grades K-6
Students present their knowledge of world music to the class using online resources and an interactive CD-ROM. http://www.smarttech.com/lessonplans/music/music_noteworthy.asp
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Science

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Ideas for Science class, including Virtual Field Trips, Multimedia Presentations, Ask an Expert. http://www.smarttech.com/education/k12scienceclass.asp

Science - creating a diagram of a cell, electrical circuit, water cycle, etc. Create a slide show where each component is added, labeled and put as a separate slide so you can build something in sequential steps. Then save to computer for review or information for kids who were absent or need review. Literacy - Put passage on screen and have kids underline or highlight or mark key information for discussion or better understanding of passage. http://www.pershing.k12.nv.us/elementary/SMART.htm

Lesson plans

Learning about the life cycle of a frog: primary grades. Includes Smart Notebook file
http://www.kented.org.uk/ngfl/whiteboards/frogs.html

Description of interactive lesson on storms, including concepts of atmobasics of atmospheric pressure, wind, temperature, humidity, and clouds.
http://www.ibidwhiteboards.com/home/story01.html

Mining for Rock and Mineral Uses
Grades K-6
Students compare and contrast rock and mineral properties to determine their uses, working on the SMART Board interactive whiteboard to brainstorm and organize ideas
http://www.smarttech.com/lessonplans/science/sci_minerals.asp

Daily Weather
Elementary
http://www.pershing.k12.nv.us/elementary/Smart%20Weather.htm

Web sites

ExploreScience
Highly interactive science activities for students and educators. http://www.explorescience.com/
Topics include: Building Blocks, Mechanics, Wave Motion, Electricity and Magnetism, Optics, Astronomy, and Life Sciences

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Social Studies

Ideas

Map Reviews: "Have students label regions by dragging clip art pictures which have been copied and pasted into a Notebook document along with a map of city, state, or the United States. "http://emints.more.net/info/northeast/techtips.html#tip%204

Notebook page for Social Studies involves sorting examples to distinguish between a law, an interpretation of the law, and an enforcement of the law. http://emints.more.net/info/northeast/Interpretinglaws.html

Lesson plans

Mysteries of Mayan Culture
Grades K-6
Students participate in an interactive WebQuest that explores Mayan culture. Using the SMART Board interactive whiteboard, they will participate in an online journey and capture what they learn with electronic notes.
http://www.smarttech.com/lessonplans/social/soc_mayan.asp

Novice Newshounds
Grades 7-12
Students study online and print resources, analyze and practice news writing, and collaboratively publish their own newspaper.
http://www.smarttech.com/lessonplans/social/soc_newshounds.asp

Pioneering Ways to Understand the Past
Grades K-6
Brainstorming ideas both textually and graphically to challenge students' assumptions about pioneer life in North America.
http://www.smarttech.com/lessonplans/social/soc_pioneer.asp

Primary Sources in primary school
http://www.molehill-copse.kent.sch.uk/whiteboard%20done%20history.html

Take a Road Trip
Grades 4-8
http://www.pershing.k12.nv.us/elementary/Math%20Road%20Trip.htm

Web sites

Interactive Map Machine
Create customized maps. Use an atlas, satellite shots, and other resources. Hosted by National Geographic. http://plasma.nationalgeographic.com/mapmachine

Virtual Tourist
Get info on sites to visit, build personal travel pages and maps, and access online tools including time converter, currency converter, metric converter, language translator, and travel warnings.
http://www.virtualtourist.com/vt

Xpeditions Hall
National Geographic Society's interactive "museum" of geography journeys. Climb a mountain, hover over the Earth, speed across Europe, visit an archeological dig...
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/xpeditions/hall/index.html


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Updated September 2002

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