January 17, 2017

The interactive whiteboard… how do you use it?

Interactive white boards have been a hot topic in Quebec ever since the government promised one in every classroom back in 2011. The promise was long critiqued for not being well thought out and the fallout today is that many classrooms in Quebec DO have an interactive white board at the front of the room but… well… how are they being used?

Some teachers are starting to use them as part of a more flexible classroom. It can be the perfect centerpiece for a planning zone, where groups of learners can work together on planning out projects or brainstorming ideas.

Here is a video of a teacher who is using her interactive white board as a station, where students use it in small groups to collaborate on solving problems around language use. (She starts to talk specifically about using the IWB at around 1:10)

How do your students use the interactive white board in your room?

I have been teaching and consulting - from primary school through adult education - since 1996. Currently an education consultant with la Commission scolaire de la Seigneurie-des-Mille-Îles in Montreal, Quebec, I believe that sharing our stories is the key to getting better together.


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