Thursday, 21 February 2013

Interactive Whiteboard Reasources

Interactive whiteboards have become more prevalent in classrooms. These whiteboards offer an alternative method of teaching by physically engaging students. The touch sensitive screen on interactive whiteboards provides teachers with a learning tool that can bring an entire class together. 

Why Use an Interactive Whiteboard?

ESL teachers can use online literacy activities and games that have been pre-made (See suggested links below) and specially designed for interactive whiteboard lessons. However, if a teacher is interested in creating their own activities they could try using "Microsoft Word" and "Paint". Using them on the whiteboard, students will become familiar with these common computer programs and are able to show creativity in their work. Some literacy activities the teacher can create with the students are: 

1. Cloze activities (fill in the blanks).
2. Highlighting ("Paint" highlight pen).
3. Handwriting ("Paint" with writing pen).
4. Creative writing as a class.
5. Brainstorming.
6. Matching.

Further reading 

Tips for Using Interactive Whiteboards:

  • Get to know the software
  • Choose your lessons wisely
  • Invite students to do the teaching
  • Talk to your colleagues

Do you want more tips? Click HERE

Literacy - Key Stage 1 (5-7 year olds)

The English Alphabet
The site demonstrates letter formation of all the letters of the alphabet. Listen to their names and the sounds they make. Each letter is illustrated with a picture which begins with the sound.
Letters and Sounds 
Online Reading Books for Kids 
Links to online Activities for use on an Interactive Whiteboard is a free public service to teach children to read with phonics. Their systematic phonics approach, in conjunction with phonemic awareness practice, is perfect for preschool, kindergarten, first grade, second grade, special education, homeschool, and English language development (ELD, ELL, ESL)

Literacy - Key Stage 2 (7-11 year olds)

Contraction Match
A drag and drop activity on the use of apostrophes in contractions.

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Google Docs

School year is about to start in Argentina and I am thinking about which tools I can suggest teachers to use in their IT projects.

We can start talking about Google docs which can be used for IT projects with students and colleagues.

Let's watch a Plain English video to understand the concept of this fantastic tool.

Personally, I do not save my files in the hard disk any more. I use Google Docs because I have access to all my files from any computer with Internet conection. 

Sharing files is very useful and important. I hardly take xerox copies or print documents. I just share my files with the people I am working with. Google Docs not only reduces our shelves burden with piles of sheets of paper but also contributes to   protect the environment.

Here is an example of an IT poject using Google presentations:Spring in art