These are my notes from a presentation by Bryan Retzlaff at the MACE 2007 conference. This is a vendor session. As usual my own thoughts and commentary are ALL IN CAPS.

“This is an advanced interactive whiteboard training session”

The combination of multiple technologies coming together in a single device is a current trend with electronic whiteboards.
– We are using the interwrite PRS device, which looks like a multi-button remote control
– So now electronic response systems are being integrated into electronic whiteboard
– you’ll want to find ways to integrate your student response system

Student response systems are maturing to the point where the same student doesn’t have to grab the same remote control, they can take any remote and then customize it for them.

We will simulate freshman (9th grade) Algebra class, lesson is multiplying polynomials
– we will be building on prior experiences

Use your technology to change the way that you teach
– example of using virtual manipulatives in lie of the FOIL method

Now showing an example of true / false

It is not necessary depending on your clientele to have a whiteboard at the front of the room

Now demoing going out to a website using the interactive whiteboard
– Google search for snow + weather

have a capture button: can capture:
– partial
– window
– full screen

Using Interwrite Annotation software
– used an Internet web search, take a picture out of it, and annotate over the top of it

make that more curricular:
– search for dissected frog
– finding virtual frog dissection kit

General idea is to grab content from the web and then interact with it

[MY THOUGHT: I’M NOT SURE THESE TECHNIQUES ARE NECESSARILY ADVANCED, BUT IT IS INTERESTING TO SEE HOW THIS WORKS IN THE INTERWRITE ENVIRONMENT RELATIVE TO THE SMART TECHNOLOGIES NOTEBOOK SOFTWARE THAT I’M MORE FAMILIAR WITH]

Interwrite software does have screen recorder [LIKE SMART NOTEBOOK]
– computer microphone picks up instructor audio

Create Venn diagrams with drawing tools
Use text tool to insert words
– example was moving words around on a Venn Diagram

[TEXT REMAINS EDITABLE, BASICALLY YOU ARE PUTTING TEXT BOXES ON TOP OF THE IMAGE]

[MY THOUGHTS: I THINK THE WIRLESS INTERWRITE TABLET IS A VERY PROMISING TECHNOLOGY, HOWEVER I DON’T THINK MANY ADVANCED TECHNIQUES WERE REALLY DEMONSTRATED IN THIS SESSION. THE INTEGRATION OF THE ELECTRONIC RESPONSE SYSTEM IS INTERESTING, BUT NOT REALLY REVOLUTIONARY. I WONDER HOW MUCH THIS RESPONSE SYSTEM COSTS RELATIVE TO OTHERS?

Have sold a lot of “quizdom” systems here in Manhattan, Kansas

[I HADN’T HEARD OF THE QUIZDOM ELECTRONIC RESPONSE SYSTEM BEFORE]

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3 Responses to Advanced teaching techniques for electronic whiteboard

  1. Wes,
    One thing I always wonder is if it’s necessary to use the electronic whiteboard or is a computer with a digital projector just as effective? I see many electronic whiteboards used as glorified whiteboards. The cost of the electronic whiteboards is significant and I have to admit, I have never seen them used to their capabilities.
    Have you?
    The cost is a factor for me.

  2. Wesley Fryer says:

    Karen: I think Marco’s point today about electronic whiteboards was very powerful. Generally teachers are asking kids to do the same things with different technologies (slates, chalkboards, overhead projectors, and now electronic whiteboards.) What we need to do is invite them to ask questions. And ask different questions ourselves. Questions that invite questions.

    It is possible to teach more interactively with an electronic whiteboard, and I certainly have seen some teachers who do this. I’m not sure we’re seeing much in the way of instructional change because of the large number of whiteboard purchases that are being made around the country, however. The whiteboard won’t by itself change things, the teacher has to make those changes.

  3. Jim Cottrell says:

    Here is another whiteboard solution. It can capture and project on a normal white board (projection requires a projector). It also can handle input from any wireless tablet. Seems like a versatile and competitive solution.
    http://www.mimio.com/

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