n the art room they are usually used for certain key things:
Showing pictures and/or works of art
Highlighting Web pages
Showing text files, lesson objectives, resources, etc.
These things seem to come naturally to us as teachers and it is hard
to see past these things unless we have a rethink or rather more training
on how to use them. I am no expert and I would recommend contacting one
of the excellent advisers and specialists who do training courses in this
However, it seems to me that the biggest issue on using these resources
is the resource itself. I am always very impressed on visits to primary
schools, how they seem to integrate IWBs into their lessons. And the reason
they do much better than most Secondary Colleagues, in my opinion, is
that the IWB is seen as a whole class resource NOT a teacher resource.
In Secondary Schools the IWB is usually positioned at Adult level, with
what I call a castle built around it. The teachers desk is nearly always
near or in front of the whiteboard, which is then at the front of the
It subconsciously says: This is mine, keep off.
In Primary Schools the IWB is more of a shared resource and students
are very at ease with using them. It is much more common for pupils to
approach the board and be asked to show or demonstrate learning. Perhaps
it is the nature of the environment to do this, whatever the reason the
IWB in Primary seems to be a much more valuable tool. So for me, I think
that teachers can improve the value of the IWB as a learning tool by sharing
it much more in the classroom.
Interactive Whiteboard Flip chart Recorder
As an Art teacher I regularly use the record function on the board when
demonstrating drawing techniques. A neat little trick to demonstrate how
to draw is this: I use my mobile phone to take a photo of a still life group that the
students have been asked to draw. I then send this to my computer using
either Bluetooth or email.
Then I use the record tool and the pen tool to record myself tracing the drawing
and showing the students how to draw the still life. I would then play
this back as a continuous loop while the students were doing their own
You can also move the background picture out of the way and leave the
drawing only. Then I can simply replay the drawing as a movie file:
Using an Interactive Whiteboard to study paintings
You can use the Interactive Whiteboard to study works of art/paintings.
This next exercise needs a little bit of setting up before hand. With
practice you might perform it in the classroom, but it can be tricky to
do so I spend a few minutes before the lesson setting it up.
Copy and Paste an image you would like to study. Here I have chosen a
painting by Carravagio: The Card Players:
Then I would use the camera tool to take photos of key areas of the painting
that I want to focus on and place them on separate flip chart pages, like
The only thing about doing this is that I find the Zoom and Move tools
a little clumsy so I do not like doing this during the lesson, hence I
set it up before. However, it a great way to look at artwork and you can
highlight key aspects of the painting very well.
You can of course add text to the pages for the students to copy but
I usually just add the title and important information since I like my
students to just look and discuss works of art without the laborious chore
of writing facts about every work of art we see.
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