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Weather: using magic pen and pen tool to highlight and write vocabulary

Uploaded by Emily Hillier, Cardiff Metropolitan University (UK)


This video clip took place in the context of learning the vocabulary for different types of weather . The learners were required to look at the weather symbols on the map to identify what the weather was like in Wales. The teacher used the magic pen tool to highlight the possible answers written next to the map.  Once the learners had correctly identified the weather, one learner was asked to write the weather in the space below to complete the sentence, whilst the rest of the class tried to help the learner spell the weather name accurately. 




Target language: Welsh

Resource language: English

Native language of learners: English

Age range: 5+

Language level: A1 - beginner

Educational context: Primary Education

IWB Features: Image, Writing/pen tool (inc. handwriting recognition), Spotlight

Teaching methods: Whole class questioning, Individual activity at IWB

Language area: Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary, Writing

IWB board used: SMART Board

Teacher comment

Children were engaged in the lesson and were able to develop reading, oracy and writing skills when learning a second language.   

I was able to use the magic pen tool to highlight key words one by one. This enabled children to focus on each word as it was highlighted. 

Having seen the word ‘heulog’ written down, the other learners were able to help the child by spelling the word out.  

It enabled them all to participate actively within the lesson and demonstrate their understanding by reading the words on the IWB. Children were keen to help spell the welsh word ‘heulog’ promoting engagement by all. Also the selected child was able to practice welsh words using the pen of his choice.

I think particularly with motor skills it (using the IWB pen) is very useful because the pens are quite chunky so when the younger children are using the pens they are able to do it bigger than they could do on paper so it’s good for those with poor motor skills.  

Learner comments

There are loads of things you can do [on the IWB]. 

I like learning sounds on the whiteboard.

I like it when the teacher teaches us new sounds.

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