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August 06, 2007

Teacher Development- Electronic Whiteboards

Hello Readers,

Remember back to the days when you were unfortunate enough to have eraser duty? Not only did that often require staying late after school, but it also left your clothes in a chalky mess. Or perhaps you were one of the lucky ones to have a whiteboard with markers that didn't need shaking out. Well, now teachers and students have it even better- with electronic whiteboards. For those of you who have never used one...

... there are a host of benefits, including:

1. it's great for demonstrations
2. it's a colorful tool (and color can enhance learning)
3. it can accommodate different learning styles
4. it's useful for distance learning
5. it maximizes the availability of classrooms with only one computer
6. it's clean and attractive
7. it's good for students with limited mobility
8. it's interactive
9. it minimizes the need for photocopies
10. it's motivating and fun

(adapted from the following source: http://www.waukesha.k12.wi.us/WIT/SmartBoard/benefits.htm)

So what can you actually do with an electronic whiteboard? While you can use it to simply display information in the same way you would with a typical whiteboard, you can also save whatever work that you do on the board to print or send to your students' computers after class. Instead of finding yourself with dry, used up markers, you can navigate the board using the tip of your finger or a special electronic "marker". When browsing through websites, it's possible to highlight important extracts, label graphs, or add interesting facts. In addition, lessons can easily be animated with pictures or enhanced with digital audio. Just imagine the benefits of using a whiteboard in a pronunciation class!! The possibilities are endless.

Now, you might think that electronic whiteboards are out of your school's budget, but in actual fact, basic whiteboards start at a mere $250. For more information about using electronic whiteboards, go to: http://www.education-world.com/a_tech/tech/tech206.shtml

To view a few different whiteboards go to: http://www2.smarttech.com/st/en-US/Products/SMART+Boards/default.htm

If you have experience using an electronic whiteboard in your classes, feel free to comment about it here.

Hope that helps!

Carol Rueckert
Writer, ESL Lesson Plan
E-mail: crueckert@eslemployment.com
Blog: www.esl-lesson-plan.com

"I hear, and I forget. I see, and I remember. I do, and I understand." - Chinese Proverb

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About the author of this entry:
Carol, a native English-speaker who hails from the small town of St. Joseph in Minnesota, USA, worked in China for more than 7 years. During that time, she worked with students of all ages and levels. She worked at universities, private language schools, grade schools, international schools, and did private tutoring as well. Besides teaching, she also worked as a head teacher, an education manager, and a material development manager. In addition to working on this newsletter, she also writes a monthly column for Time Out Beijing. Carol is also currently working on her MA in TESOL at Oxford Brookes University in England. Look for her posts on the ESL-Jobs-Forum discussion boards!

Posted by crueckert at August 6, 2007 04:11 AM

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