Rosamari Pons is a big fan of using Interactive Whiteboards (IWB) in the English classroom and she likes to share her experience with other teachers to encourage them to try it out. We recently spoke with her to see why she enjoys using the IWB so much, and how her children benefit from having it in their classroom.
What levels do you teach? I teach 5-year-olds in Pre-Primary, and levels 1, 2, and 3 in Primary.
How long have you had the IWB? I have been using an IWB since 2008.
How often do you use it? I use it every day with my classes as we have an IWB installed in each class.
What types of activities do you do with your IWB? All kinds! The IWB is an excellent companion for all classroom activities. I use it for introducing a unit as well as for practising and reviewing vocabulary and structures to help my students to remember and use them. Once we see the new vocabulary for the third time, students usually remember it.
What Oxford materials do you use with your IWB? I am using the Explorers course book with my students in Primary levels 1, 2, and 3. On the IWB I use the iPack with all of my classes and what a powerful tool it is!
It is really comfortable to use, as I can arrive to class with my hand in my pockets, no books, CDs or DVDs needed, I also don’t need to scan pages in advance anymore to project onto the board as the book is on screen readily available. Not only is it comfortable but it is also very versatile, being able to add pages, web links and much more, it has all the resources I need to teach my English classes.
I am so happy to use iPacks, I think they have revolutionized teaching and I wouldn’t be able to work without it!
What other resources do you use? I use the games and reinforcement activities that are available on the Oxford Online Learning Zone. I search for other resources online that have similar themes or language to what we are working on. For example, you can use an activity called “Mr. VegHead” to review the names of vegetables, and the parts of the body and the face. Children enjoy it because they can use their imagination and save or print their crazy creations at the end.
Why do you use the IWB in class?
What does it add to your lessons? Students tend to pay more attention than in a conventional class. Younger students are especially captivated by activities that involve movement and bright colours, and this is made easier by the IWB. They are able to learn while playing, and, most importantly, they learn more quickly and without even noticing!
What are the disadvantages of using it in class? I can only see advantages.
Do your students enjoy the activities? They enjoy them very much. In fact, each day when they come into the classroom, they always want to see their book on the IWB and guess which page it is.
How can students use the IWB? It’s easy for even the youngest of students since they can use the pens or their own hands in the case of the SMART Board. They can play games or use it to create pictures independently, or they can answer questions in front of the class. They love to correct the activity book exercises on the IWB.
Do you think the IWB makes your job easier or more difficult? Why? It makes it much easier. There is nothing better for an educator than to see their students enjoying themselves as they learn.
Rosamari’s website suggestions:
- Glogster – Poster yourself – Make an interactive poster
- Hector’s Home (a fun site for children – enter the Kids section for some fun treasure hunt-type activities)
- Anglés 365 – Activities Online for Pre-Primary and Primary