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Hi,

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, Airslate 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?!

Thanks,
Luke

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I used it for younger kids and set up some role-plays, http://roleplaydi.wikispaces.com

You can see some videos (unless Ning deleted the account, I am not paying for their farce upgrade).

Also, I make a couple animated videos through http://goanimate.com/ in the restaurant and pizza delivery section.

If their levels are low, then the more visuals the better. The higher the level, the less they will need the fancy high tech stuff. Perhaps, you can make the higher level students give presentations using the board in groups.

Instead of the presentation being prepared as we remember reports or speeches at school, make it so one person has the information but another student has to input it somehow. They can use word maps, put pictures on the screen but make the other student arrange them while the first person is speaking. This will keep a sense of interaction with the smartboard.

Another thing is to turn it off periodically. Get their minds used to focusing on different things. If you have it on all class period, where is their attention going to be directed towards? Even though they may be higher level, they are still in the passive role when sitting and looking at the screen like a TV. You need to break that if you want them to engage fully.
I just got an 'English Zone' classroom at my middle school. It has a huge, interactive touch-screen TV. The novelty factor is great for a lesson or two and then it wears off. Anything I write on it looks like a five-year-old's writing. I can't simply type things on it because they still haven't installed Word on the class computer. Quite frankly I'd rather have it in the corner and have a big blackboard in its place.

Like the others, any suggestions appreciated.

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