When hooked up to a computer, the whiteboard's screen becomes an active computer desktop, which can be touched to pull down menus, highlight, and move or open files. Users can circle relevant sections on the projected image, draw figures, and underline text. Special needs students can often manipulate the whiteboard with more ease than a traditional computer/mouse set-up. With Ablenet's Jelly Beamer and receiver you can pair as many beamers to one receiver as you want making the whiteboard now accessible with switches.
Lessons can be completed by using sounds, videos and images that are much more interactive and engaging. Allowing your students to and move and become a part of the visual information allows them to be more active in their learning.
Multi-sensory tools, such as the interactive whiteboard, allow students to attend through visual, auditory and tactile means bringing in much more focus all around. Students are engaged in what they’re learning, rather than just watching and it brings in all of their learning styles.
Some added tools to consider when using the whiteboards:
- spotlight tools
- various font options
- magnifier tool
- freehand shape and freehand text tools reinforce fine motor skill development for those with a dexterity disability
- note taking for review of key concepts
- recorded assignments that can be used to review lesson content and be saved, printed and taken home for additional reinforcement
- Audio or video supplements make information more accessible for emerging readers and ELL students
- Copies of board work and student/teacher notes can be captured and shared across the classroom or taken home for additional practice and review
Interactive whiteboards brings in
- group learning
- working together
- turn taking
- Smart Inclusion is a Wiki site full of resources. This is listed first as I find this site to be so rich and worth exploring.
- Promethean Planet offers lesson plans broken down into ages and subjects. Be sure to check out their special education section.
- BGfL is a site full of information and resources but you might want to spend some time in the section designed for interactive whiteboards.
- Crickweb offers free educational interactive resources for elementary schools, free to use fun games for kids plus links to free interactive, image and software resources.
- Global Classroom's Interactive resources is jammed packed of links, categorized by subject and age. You can spend days, months on this site and its links alone.
- Designed for safe Internet use with children, Kent ICT provides a rich website full of resources perfect for use on the big screen.
- LearnZillion offers 2,000+ lessons by top teachers - all built from the Common Core State Standards.
- The Literacy Center Education Network delivers free, professionally-designed, education material appropriate for our children who need clean, clear materials.
- Mrs. Gebauer's Smartboard Resources is laid out in a very friendly way so that it is easy to find what you need. Very rich site with just about everything one could need.
- NASA has various interactive sites worth exploring.
- NeoK-12 offers videos, lessons and games for K-12.
- Smart Notebook Express allows you to view, interact and save with Smart Notebook files online, at no cost. Free!!! This program can be downloaded right to your computer for easy access. One click on express.smarttech.com and anyone, anywhere can open, edit and share lessons and other content created using SMART Notebook collaborative learning software. This lightweight version of SMART Notebook software is accessible online anytime at no charge. With the SMART Notebook Express web application, you don’t need to log in and there’s no software to download - all you need is Internet access.
- South Carolina Department of Education has a PDF booklet designed specifically for the use of Interactive Whiteboards with special needs students. You will find it to be rich in visuals, accessories discussion, how-to guide, websites, and more. A must!!
- Sites to Support Students with Special Needs, on this blog, offers many sites perfect for using with the full class. Look for activities that are rich in visuals, require responses and encourage participation.
- A resources that talks centers around inclusion and the use of an Interactive Whiteboard SMARTInclusion provides many helpful hints, links and information worth getting lost in.
- Marilyn Western's site: Stuff for Classroom Teachers, is jammed full of Internet resources, not with highlights in each section on "Smartboard Activities". Be sure to explore this site.
1. Switch use
- A little step-by-step video tutorial to help you visualize this approach:
- Classroom Suite and Boardmaker Plus! or Studio are perfect programs to use with Interactive Whiteboards. By using Classroom Suite and Boardmaker Plus! or Studio you then have access to their activities from their exchange sites. Using these programs also makes it easy to hook in your switch users to allow them to participate more fully. Mayer-Johnson and Don Johnson both carry a number of titles with switch access so you might want to shop their sites. (Be sure to use their sites that offer shared activities! See individual blog entries on both for more information.)
- There are also plenty of switch sites on-line (see posting on Switches - Internet Activities). Then use a switch interface attached to the teacher's computer and position the student close to that computer with their switch or (the best approach would be) invest in a wireless switch to attach to the switch interface.
- SplashTop app allows students to turn their iPad into an interactive whiteboard. Once connected to the computer over Wifi, they can watch Flash media with fully synchronized video and audio, control favorite applications all from an iPad.
- Doceri is an iPad interactive whiteboard and screencast recorder with sophisticated tools for hand-drawn graphics and remote desktop control.
- Boardmaker Online Community provides activities developed by others. You must have a Boardmaker with interactive capabilities to use this on a whiteboard.
- BrainPop animated educational site broken into subject matter topics offers a free trial (also explore BrainPop Junior)
- Edheads is an online educational resource that provides free science and math games and activities that promote critical thinking. Choose from Simple Machines, Virtual Knee Surgery or Stem Cell Heart Repair, among others. All activities meet state and national standards.
- Flocabulary - The week in Rap!
- Literactive provides you with stories, activities and other learning to read activities.
- News-2-You is Connecting students to the world. Each week, students connect with the world through symbol-supported news articles and dozens of worksheets, games, and activities. News‐2‐You stands alone as the national newspaper for special education.
- Sheppard Software for use with younger students
- SMART Exchange is not geared specifically for special education but is full of useful resources for all students.
- StarFall reading program
- Thinkfinity has an interactive classroom section. You can refine your search by grade level and subject matter. This is a search tool that will direct you to great sites elsewhere.
- Topmarks has an Interactive Whiteboard section: teaching resources, homework help and educational websites for use in the classroom.
- TumbleBooks - which is a site full of wonderful ebooks for kids (Some free, some with subscription only.)
- Resources for Teachers
- Smart Board Goodies
- Talking SmartBoards and Much More
- Teachers Love SmartBoards
- K-12 Tech Tools Interactive Whiteboards
You have been told that, "we can't afford to get a whiteboard," then use about $50 of your classroom budget and build your own! This TED talk will provide you with the basics. A Google search provided me with many more resources. This how to is in video and in print.
An outstanding resource is Interactive White Boards in the Special Needs Classroom Mar 18, 2010 - The interactive electronic whiteboard is great ... Accommodating learners with special needs. • Students do not need to be able to use all the features .... Alliance for Technology Access (ATA. It provides resources and links worth knowing about.