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Teacher's Basic Video Tutorials on How to Use Interactive Whiteboards

Two days ago and while I was presenting at a PD session for teachers  I was asked by one of the participants about how to use interactive whiteboards. I was really surprised because the school where I was had integrated IWBs for almost a year and a half but some teachers never had the chance to attend a training session on how to use them. When I further inquired into it  I found out that only those who did some self training or asked a colleague to show them IWB basics use them the rest do not. I am not an expert in using IWBs but I have experimented with them enough to know to comfortably use them.

 In today's post I am sharing with you  the tutorials I used myself to learn about IWBs . These video guides are created by Cambridge and are geared to help teachers and students better use IWBs. Regardless of the brand you are using ( Hitachi, Smartboard, or Mimio ?) all of these have huge similarities and therefore the tutorials below ,though they are on Mimio, are appropriate for learning about other IWBs.

According to Edutopia, there are several wasy to use Interactive White Boards in the classroom :

  • Digital storytelling.
  • Creating, viewing, and annotating student PowerPoint and multimedia presentations in real time.
  • Showing streamed or downloaded videos.
  • Using online map and satellite imagery to teach geography.
  • Displaying artwork or online museum presentations.
  • Demonstrating moviemaking techniques.
  • Viewing and analyzing competitive sports and physical education activities.
  • Teaching students how to conduct research on the Internet.
  • Working collaboratively on writing and editing exercises, math lessons, and science experiments.
  • Instructing the class on the use of a software program, keyboarding techniques, and other computer skills.
Here are the video tutorials from Cambridge:


1- What is a whiteboard


2- Setting up the mimio®

3- First steps

4- The toolbox

5- Working with images

6- Annotating images

7-Masking and zooming

8-Internet and images

9-Using interactive software

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