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.
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:
2. Highlighting ("Paint" highlight pen).
3. Handwriting ("Paint" with writing pen).
4. Creative writing as a class.
Tips for Using Interactive Whiteboards:
- Get to know the software
- Choose your lessons wisely
- Invite students to do the teaching
Talk to your colleagues
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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
Starfall.com 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.