Have you ever used:
a felt board for storytelling?
posters to show information about a concept?
story or vocabulary charts with peel off tape or post-it notes to cover words?
printed pictures to illustrate something?
manipulatives to teach math concepts?
magnetic letters on the board?

All of these are tools we use to deliver instruction.
Interactive Whiteboards are also tools. They can be used to engage students in the learning process. When using a whiteboard we allow students to become actively involved in lessons. It allows us to access a wealth of information and connect to interactive websites that can make learning more exciting and meaningful.

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Wallwisher is an interactive WEB 2.0 tool that allows students and teachers to post questions, answers, thoughts, etc.

Del.icio.us is a free social bookmarking service where thousands of people store their bookmarks. Members can access bookmarks from any computer, share bookmarks with others and search for specific content.

Link to my Delicious bookmarks:

Creating a Delicious account:
Use FireFox
Click here and then click join now. You will see this page. Fill in the information to get started.

Step 1: Information

Step 2: Importing Bookmarks
This will import all the sites that you ever bookmarked in Firefox. You can do this if you would like to, but you will have to go back and tag them.

Step 3: Buttons
You should use the buttons so that you can easily access your bookmarks and tag new sites.

These are the buttons.↓Picture_4.png

What people like about Delicious:
Teachers in the same dept, grade, or who teach the same class can bookmark sites, network, and use common tags (eg 4thGradeMath)
I like it because you can access all your bookmarks and keep adding more when you are away from your home computer.
If your computer crashes, you don't loose all your bookmarks if you use Delicious
I like that I can tag a link w/ a friend's username & the link shows up in their account as a suggestion next time they log in.
reasons to use Delicious=online bookmarks, linked bookmark libraries, searchable bookmarks away from your computer...
I use it in conjunction with tags and RSS feeds to quickly obtain links to resources.
I use it like my own personal search engine!
Kind of "netrekker" like-- "vetted" sites, the network (see what others found), ease of use....
*Thanks to my friends on Twitter for all these great ideas!

Post It Activity:


Fridge Magnet Numbers and Letters:

EasiTeach Clock:

Can be used to create templates for lessons. The advantage of using Kidspiration is that the students can also use it on their own laptops.

Many ideas for how to use Kidspiration with the IWB:

Templates to download:


Jeopardy Games:
You can browse for games already created and create your own.

Tux Paint:
Tux Paint is a free drawing program for children that combines an easy-to-use interface, fun sound effects, and an encouraging cartoon mascot who guides children as they use the program. Users are presented with a blank canvas and a variety of drawing tools to help them be creative.

Download (Tux Paint and Rubber Stamp Collection):

EP StoryTown Wikispace:
This is a Wikispace that has lists of interactive websites to use with the reading series. They are organized by grade level and skills.

Some Interactive Websites require Shockwave or Flash. If you come across one that does not load correctly, the following links will take you to the download pages.

Adobe Shockwave Player:

Adobe Flash Player:

To access the Language Arts Curriculum:

To access Math Curriculum/Lesson Plans:

Note-Building Office Printer/copier has the capability to scan a document/worksheet and it can be emailed to you. This way you can pull it up on the board to write on it.

Link to my Teacher Resource Page:

This site is a resource for teachers. It will include information about different tools you can use in your classroom to help prepare your students for the 21st century. Technology is NOT an add-on, but rather a tool used to meet the learning objective.