Hands Off, Vanna!

Hands off, Vanna! Giving Students Control of Interactive Whiteboard Learning

Teacher Sharing and Skills to Try

IntroTips and Strategies • Working with wordsWorking with images
Create/improve/decideTeacher SharingResources

Teacher to teacher, below are some skills you can try and files to help you avoid Vanna as students use your IWB. Work together with a few students and/or a colleague to play with IWB basics on YOUR brand of board if you are new to the IWB.

Share ideas and activities from this presentation/these pages in a workshop.

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Files to share:
Skills to Try List
Presentation SMART Notebook file (works only if you have SMART Notebook software or use SMART Notebook Express site).
Printable version of presentation Notebook file

Skills to try on your IWB (both teacher AND students!):
General Skills:

  • RIGHT click
  • Copy/paste separate words and/or whole paragraphs from web
  • Drag separate words FROM a passage so you can use and rearrange them
  • Highlight or use pens on top of a web page (save annotations?) What happens when you scroll?
  • Can you use mouseovers on the board (“floating mouse” feature)?
  • Screenshot of what you have done on the IWB (“camera” or computer screenshot/save)
  • Print as pdf (I don’t know how to print ONE page of a notebook/Mac)
  • SAVE AS your flipchart or SMART notebook file—with a meaningful name for that class/day

In your IWB software:
  • Turn on a floating toolbar
  • Draw, color, and resize shapes
  • Set default shape characteristics
  • Clone images/shapes
  • Change ORDER (what’s on top?)
  • LOCK in place
  • Handwriting recognition- make your writing into printed text
  • Hyperlink from a graphic and/or text to a web site
  • Search the gallery (virtual manipulatives ready made): maps, coins, graphs, paper, images, rulers, protractors, blocks

Best of luck to all the former Vannas and Vances as you give students control of IWB learning.


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