Thursday, November 13, 2014

Teacher Tip: Use Your Desktop Monitors and Interactive Whiteboard as Anchor Charts

My students and I LOVE using our interactive whiteboard, but there are times when it's apparent that it has taken over a substantial portion of my dry erase/display area, and others when we have so many items open that scrolling through them all without accidentally clicking them closed takes a bit more time than what we'd like for a quick filler activity.  Not wanting to have to work through seven clicks to open a file, or fill the screen with zillions of little icons, I sat down and determined what kinds of content I'd like to have readily available for transitions: letter naming, number identification, plane and solid shape review, and sight word practice.  Finding cute and appropriate clip art, photos, or available wallpaper/desktop patterns online can easily fill a weekend, but it's ~worth it~.

(If anyone knows the source of this adorable autumn image, 
please let me know so I can give credit where it's due!)

Popping the pile of autumn leaves into a Word document, I added a text box and typed in our second quarter sight words.  I like to save documents like this as PDFs so they don't get altered, but I also keep a copy in Word, and take a screen shot when necessary.  Using the new image as the wallpaper on our SMART Board ~and~ on our desktop computers gives my students multiple opportunities in small and large groups as well as individually to quickly review and practice whatever is displayed. 

I too, can quickly reference a targeted skill without having to search, click, open, and wait.  I change the desktop/SMART Board wallpapers by month, but can also have a different image on each of our five desktop computers if I need to differentiate during centers.

How else can teachers and students use the valuable real estate space found on interactive white boards and desktop computers?  Comment below and share your ideas!

1 comment:

  1. I love this idea! But since I don't know anything about technology, I really don't understand how to do it. :)


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