Classrooms across the country are being flooded with technology, one form of this being the interactive whiteboard. The expensive boards are hung with care in the front of classrooms, most of which will never be used to their full potential, and many of which will never be used at all. From what I have seen, many teachers use the board more as a screen for their projector than a tool for teaching.
I am not a fan of the movement that supports installing interactive whiteboards as an answer to the nations education woes. However, I do like using the boards as the educational tools they are designed to be, and here is the real key to the interactive whiteboard: use it in an interactive manner. The name itself implies this. In other words, let the students touch the board!
I don’t care if you are teaching 1st graders or high school seniors, design activities that will involve students walking up to the board and interacting physically with it. It is a great way to improve engagement in the classroom.