Interactive Whiteboards (IWBs) are becoming increasingly common in schools and early years settings, and it is important for trainees to be equipped with the necessary skills and understanding to use them effectively to enhance learning. This book takes a thematic approach, examining all the key issues required to get the most out of this versatile learning technology. All chapters contain case studies from a range of subject areas and across the key stages, ensuring the text is rooted in the reality of the primary classroom and its curriculum.

Getting Started

Getting started

By the end of this chapter you should:

  • understand the IWB and its various modes of operation;
  • use pens and other supporting hardware;
  • work with the software that comes with your whiteboard.

Professional Standards for QTS

This chapter addresses the following Professional Standards for QTS:

Q8, Q9, Q16, Q25a


You will not have to look very hard to find cases where IWB technology has been adopted with confidence and a genuine desire to enhance teaching and learning. However, you will also encounter examples of IWB use that are tentative and lack confidence. In some cases fear or suspicion of the technology can distract the user from more important pedagogical issues. This chapter aims to ensure that you operate the technology with assurance and can focus on lesson content and ...

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