I'm interested in learning how many people have access to a SmartBoard or interactive whiteboard in their classroom, and how they make use of it.
I'm teaching in an academic high school in Korea, and am very lucky to have my classroom equipped with a touchscreen SmartBoard
and Senteo Clickers
. Overall, I hear that my English room cost $40,000 (!!).
My subject is English Conversation, so most of my classes involve role-plays, guided dialogues and sentence building. I have little use for the airslate and clickers, but feel that they're there so I should use them!
So far i've used the Clickers for:
- multiple choice review tests (end of term)
- odd-one-out games (students submitted their own questions and most were open-ended)
- 'who wants to be a millionaire' (ask the audience - if a student/group is stuck on a question they can ask for a poll of what the class think)
- opinions class (gauging opinions of students in a mini-debate)
I've used the Airslate for drawing directions in a directions class on the SmartBoard and drawing characters in a descriptions class.
But I'm finding it hard to come up with ways to use the technology in a way that incorporates conversation. It's great that I have enough Clickers for each student (30-34) and it really engages them, but requires a lot of time in preparation and usually cuts down on discussion.
Do any of you use interactive technology such as this successfully in ESL class? Do you know of any resources out there for higher level students? How do you approach planning a conversation class leaving enough scope for discussion without the technology taking over the students' senses?!