Effective and Engaging Use of Interactive Whiteboards in the Classroom

24 Hours / 180 Days / Self-Paced

Course Overview:

In this course, you will learn how to incorporate interactive whiteboard activities into a variety of subject specific lesson plans. Explore how teachers have been using this technology to enhance their classrooms to engage their students.  Throughout this course, you will have the opportunity to hear what current teachers have to say about interactive whiteboards; review educational theory that supports using a variety of technology in the classroom; create individual activities that can be incorporated into your existing lesson plans; and finally learn about the features that proprietary interactive whiteboards, such as SMART board, offer.

Students will:

  • Discuss the educational theory that supports inclusion of technology in the classroom.
  • Identify how a variety of teachers have used interactive whiteboards successfully with their students.
  • Incorporate an interactive whiteboard activity into a variety of subject specific lesson plans.
  • Discuss the advanced features of specific proprietary interactive whiteboards and how they could be incorporated into the classroom.

Course Outline:

Lesson 1: Introduction: What is an Interactive Whiteboard?

In lesson one you will be introduced to the basics of interactive whiteboards (IWB). Through the reading assignments and video provided in your resources, you will gain an understanding of the purpose of integrating IWBs into the classroom and get first hand account of how teachers have been doing this in classrooms across the country.

Lesson 2: Usefulness and Effectiveness in the the Classroom

In lesson two, you will continue applying concepts and learning strategies using the interactive whiteboard to your own setting. You will have the opportunity to read research that supports the use of IWBs in the classroom and provides background material that details why technology should be incorporated into your lesson planning.

Lesson 3: Practical Application and Lesson Planning

Full steam ahead in applying these concepts to your own setting. You will review potential applications to a variety of subject matter and get a real world account through the resource articles and videos of teachers applying the IWB to their classrooms. You will also learn how to incorporate the IWB into lesson plans you have already developed and consider how varying learning styles can be accommodated with this technology.

Lesson 4: Advanced Features of the Interactive Whiteboard

Next you are on to learning about advanced features and troubleshooting an IWB. The text, resource articles and video will provide a plethora of advanced use examples that can take your interactive classroom to the next level.  Additionally, you will learn basic techniques to troubleshoot problems that can occur while using an IWB.

All necessary course materials are included.


System Requirements:

Internet Connectivity Requirements:
  • Cable and DSL internet connections are recommended.
Hardware Requirements:
  • Minimum Pentium 400 Mhz CPU or G3 Macintosh. 1 GHz or greater CPU recommended.
  • 256MB RAM minimum. 1 GB RAM recommended.
  • 800x600 video resolution minimum. 1025x768 recommended.
  • Speakers/Headphones to listen to Dialogue steaming audio sessions.
  • A microphone to speak in Dialogue streaming audio sessions.
Operating System Requirements:
  • Windows Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 9, 10
  • Mac OSX 10 or higher.
  • OpenSUSE Linux 9.2 or higher.
Web Browser Requirements:
  • Google Chrome is recommended.
  • Firefox 13.x or greater.
  • Internet Explorer 6.x or greater.
  • Safari 3.2.2 or greater.
Software Requirements:
  • Adobe Flash Player 6 or greater.
  • Oracle Java 7 or greater.
  • Adobe Reader 7 or greater.
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  • Accept Cookies
  • Disable Pop-up Blocker.


** Outlines are subject to change, as courses and materials are updated. Software is not included with the purchase of the course, unless otherwise specified. Students are responsible for the purchase and installation of the necessary course software. **