What is an interactive whiteboard?
An interactive whiteboard or IWB, is a large interactive display that connects to a computer and projector. A projector projects the computer's desktop onto the board's surface, where users control the computer using a pen, finger or other device. The board is mounted to a wall or on a floor stand.

What are the benefits of an interactive whiteboard?

Use an interactive whiteboard to:
  • Operate any software that is loaded onto the connected PC, including web browsers and proprietary software
  • Capture notes written on a whiteboard or whiteboard-like surface
  • Control the PC (click and drag), markup (annotating a programme or presentation) and translating cursive writing to text (not all whiteboards)
In some instances the Interactive Whiteboard may be provided with an integrated Audience Response System so presenters can carry out polls and quizzes and capture the feedback on the Interactive Whiteboard

How might I use an interactive whiteboard in the classroom?

From inspired to dreadful, Peter Kent’s seen just about everything when it comes to interactive whiteboards. In the article below he talks to INTERFACE editor Greg Adams about their potential and how teachers should be using them.

NEW Links and Resources:
t1-2010 wikispaces Resources Page - Lesa's collection of her own IWB activitieshttp://www.crickweb.co.uk/Early-Years.html - 14 interactive resources for Primary or Infant Schools that can be used on any IWB


The IWB Revolution - Google Book
Getting the most out of yuour IWB - Becta