The IS was terrific. It's always great when you get classroom teachers together to learn something which is of direct use for the chalk face and delivered by someone like Roy who is such an enthusiast and so skilled at doing the business where it matters most - in the classroom with REAL adolescents. So thanks Roy.
However, I digress. Thinking about the IS, it occurred to me that what I enjoyed most was the practical tips bit and the way in which Roy stressed the interactivity potential of the IWB rather than one way didactic teaching or "Death by Powerpoint." For example, Roy showed a clip from "A man for all seasons" and asked us to suggest 5 things about Henry VIII, then work in pairs to produce a final list. I immediately thought of using it in our "Mary Queen of Scots" Intermediate course!
So I thought I would start this thread so that contributors could offer ONE (or more if you like) practical example each of how they use an IWB to bring variety and interactivity to an actual lesson.
To start off ...
I produced a "Half a Minute" quiz to review several lessons worth of work from our "Red Flag" (Russian Revolution) Intermediate topic. (See http://www.contentgenerator.net/ for the free quiz generator) The beauty of the Half a Min quiz is its simplicity. You just pick a list of key words from those lessons and the quiz turns them into anagrams which the kids have to solve in 30 secs while the clock counts down and the "Countdown" music plays.
I took the class through the quiz once and then got kids up to the IWB to spell out the words correctly. I chose the victims but a variation would be to get each victim to select the next one from the class in a challenge. I told them that I'd keep the class back one minute into break for every word they got wrong. Cruel eh! Of course, if a word was particularly hard I picked one of the brighter kids and said they could win back the minute that a kid had just lost the class. The class was allowed to call out the word and help the victim with the spelling.
Result? A class totally focused on the activity and howling out the answers and correct spelling and HAVING FUN.
That's just one suggestion about using an IWB. Let's have lots more. And remember what Roy Huggins says in the IWB seminar ... "variety is the spice of life."
Edited by A Finemess, 28 October 2006 - 06:06 PM.