Course DescriptionLearn how to incorporate interactive whiteboard activities into a variety of subject-specific lesson plans. Explore how teachers have been using this technology to enhance their classrooms and engage their students. Throughout the course, you will have the opportunity to hear what current teachers have to say about interactive whiteboards; review educational theory that supports using a variety of technology in the classroom; create individual activities that can be incorporated into your existing lesson plans; and learn about the features offered by proprietary interactive whiteboards, such as the SMART board.
Lesson 1: Introduction: What Is an Interactive Whiteboard?
An introduction to interactive whiteboards (IWB). Gain an understanding of the purpose of integrating IWBs into the classroom and get firsthand accounts of how teachers have been using them in classrooms across the country.
Lesson 2: Usefulness and Effectiveness in the Classroom
Continue using the interactive whiteboard to apply concepts and learning strategies in your own setting. Read research that supports the use of IWBs in the classroom and explains why technology should be incorporated into your lesson planning.
Lesson 3: Practical Application and Lesson Planning
Review potential applications to a variety of subjects and hear real-world accounts of teachers applying the IWB to their classrooms. Learn how to incorporate the IWB into lesson plans you've already developed, and consider how various learning styles can be accommodated with this technology.
Lesson 4: Advanced Features of the Interactive Whiteboard
Examine a plethora of advanced-use examples that can take your interactive classroom to the next level, and learn basic troubleshooting techniques.
Upon completion, participants will be able to:
- Discuss the educational theory that supports inclusion of technology in the classroom.
- Identify how a variety of teachers have used interactive whiteboards successfully with their students.
- Incorporate an interactive whiteboard activity into a variety of subject-specific lesson plans.
- Discuss the advanced features of specific proprietary interactive whiteboards and how they could be incorporated into the classroom.
Participants will have 180 days to complete this self-paced online course.
Internet Connectivity Requirements:
- Cable/DSL internet connection recommended for best experience
- CPU: 1 GHz or higher
- RAM: 2 GB or higher
- Resolution: 1280x720 or higher
- Microphone (webinar/live online sessions)
Operating System Requirements:
- Microsoft Windows 7 or 10 (Home, Pro)
- Mac OSX 10 or higher
- Latest Chrome OS
- Latest Linux distributions
- NOTE: While we understand that our courses can be viewed on Android and iPhone devices, we do not recommend the use of these devices for our courses.
Web Browser Requirements:
- Latest Google Chrome recommended for best experience
- Latest Mozilla Firefox
- Latest Microsoft Edge
- Latest Apple Safari
Basic Software Requirements:
- Office suite software (Microsoft Office, OpenOffice or LibreOffice)
- PDF reader program (Adobe Reader or FoxIt)
- Courses may require other software (denoted in course outline above)