Monday, December 29, 2008

Games for the Interactive White Board

Promethean boards, Smart Boards, Polyvision Boards - I don’t care what you call them, they are all interactive white boards and work by interacting with your computer so that software and websites can be controlled from the board and not your computer station.

Interactive white boards provide an excellent opportunity for students to directly interact with content. It allows them to get up out of their seats, come to the board, and learn. What used to be a demonstration in a one computer classroom becomes an interactive group experience with an interactive whiteboard.

There are several websites that work well with an interactive white board. My newest find is “Roy: The Singing Zebra” at the Guided Reading and Reading Games with Roy website. This site has a WHOLE section of guided reading games created with the interactive white board in mind. By projecting these reading games, students can come up to the board and drag and drop answers into place. Have them do this as individuals or as teams. (See pic below for a sample from Roy’s site.)

Check out their list of games here. They have games for the alphabet, consonants, high frequency words, singular and plural, vowels, rhyming words, and words within words.
For those of you who already have Promethean Boards, check out these sites for additional resources:

Promethean Planet

Promethean USA

Promethean Learning

However, there are other sites that I have mentioned in previous posts that are still wonderful resources when used with an interactive white board:

Statetris: Like tetris, but with geographical locations

Lite Bright: Use to teach shapes, symmetry, and geometry

Interactive Clock: One of the best ways to teach time, in my opinion

National Library of Virtual Manipulatives

Create a Graph

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