Interactive Whiteboards in Australia

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Archive for November, 2008

Using websites with an IWB: Part 1

Posted by rosiemacalpine on November 30, 2008

Using websites are a great way to get started for new interactive whiteboard users. Learning a new software package can be daunting for some teachers. Taking advantage of the great free content already available allows you to build confidence with some of the basic skills of using a board (plugging it in, turning it on, using the pen/ finger) while you get used to the software.

As teachers become more confident with the board, it’s common to use a mix of:

  • Your own whiteboard activities
  • Other people’s whiteboard activities
  • Websites

So the next question is: How do you access these websites?

The most common thing for teachers to do is to add their favourite websites to their favourites in Internet Explorer. The drawback with this method is that it isn’t very easy to organise them or find them later.


Some of the interactive whiteboard software have different ways of storing weblinks in the software. In Activstudio (the Promethean software), you can add weblinks as neat little thumbnails. To do this, use the web browser in Activstudio and then click on the link button next to the address. Choosing ‘Add URL as Thumbnail’ adds the neat snapshot.

From your page, you can drag them into your resource library. I’ve set up folders in My Collections for this.

If your school hosts the Shared Collections folder on their server, then you might want to add them to that instead. Then everyone will be able to access these links.

In the next post, I’ll discuss Delicious, which is a fantastic way of saving your favourites and which can be used with any interactive whiteboard.


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Lovely online drawing tool

Posted by rosiemacalpine on November 27, 2008

There’s a few of these around, and I’ll post some more in the coming weeks.

Odopod’s offering is simple, but beautiful.


I’m not an artist so I stayed with something simple. I had a look at the sample sketches however, and some people are creating beautiful things with this tool.

I’ve used drawing software in the classroom mainly as an introduction to using the whiteboard. I think it allows children and adults to experiment with pen pressure and positioning, in an environment where they can just scribble and make mistakes.

What about other primary teachers, or primary/ secondary art specialists? Do you think this website would have a place in your classroom?

Sketch by Odopod

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Dabbleboard – Online whiteboard for drawing and writing

Posted by rosiemacalpine on November 27, 2008

If you’ve ever wanted to access simple IWB software on another computer, Dabbleboard could be something to try.There’s a signup option on the front page but you can ignore this and click on get started button at the top of the page.

The options of online IWBs pose an interesting question. In the future, will the software that comes bundled with IWBs be less important, as free online versions become more elaborate?

Vodpod videos no longer available.

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