I hope everyone is recovering from a well deserved holiday break and preparing to head into the next holiday season coming up very shortly. I’ve been somewhat absent from the blogsphere for a few months now as I’ve been trying to think of better ways to share with the larger education community. Through some amazing luck I’ve now inherited the @TeachTec twitter handle to go along with our @SOTFPhilly handle AND I’ll be looking for contributors on School of the Future blog as well as the soon to be announced TeachTech blog. Exciting times!
So I thought I would share with you a conversation that came across my desk last night that until now I hadn’t quite given much thought to. Whiteboards. I’m not going to go deep on how to use them, because quite frankly, I don’t. BUT I happen to know a few educators that do. So when I was asked to share some links to some good whiteboard content, both Microsoft and Non-Microsoft I went to my Educator Advisory Board. These are Educators who I personally know and trust to give me raw feedback on our technology and the technology that they use everyday in the classroom. I have to share briefly (in case your new to my blog) that I spent the past 3 years at School of the Future working with those educators every day to understand what it takes to have true technology integration in the classroom.
So I sent an email and here are the replies to the question: What tools do you use with your whiteboard that you find useful, engaging, fun. And here are the replies.
T. Gaffey, @Tgaffey School of the Future, Philadelphia PA
Onenote – here’s a link to Tgaffey’s (and SOTF Educators) OneNote Templates
Powerpoint – I’d add Interactive Classroom
(***I actually like Bing Maps – but I’m not teaching with it either )
Thanks T. Gaffey!!
My next educator from St. Paul’s school in Mobile Alabama also contributed some great stuff, thanks @ketheredge!
K. Etheredge, @ketheredge, St. Paul’s Episcopal School, Mobile AL
http://www.learner.org/interactives/index.html - here is one for many different grade levels
http://www.sfu.museum/journey/games.php - content specific, but many grade levels
http://www.knowitall.org/ - variety of things
http://pbskids.org/whiteboard/ - PBS interactive whiteboard games
Also, Smartboard has a site that has features hundreds (if not thousands) of lesson plans for teachers.
Thanks T. Gaffey and K. Etheredge!!!!!!
So my question to the blogsphere: do you have some applications that you like to use on your whiteboard?