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Creating IWB lessons: group work to learn how to insert images, erase writing and remove objects

Uploaded by Julie Alexander, Université de Nice-Sophia Antipolis (France)


This graduate class in education prepares pre-service French primary teachers for a teaching experience abroad where they will teach regular school subjects in English primary schools.  The learners give demo IWB lessons to the class; in this extract, one learner teacher who has already presented her lesson helps a group of classmates to learn how to prepare their own materials. We see her show how to insert and lock images, explain how the software can be used via the computer or the board, then demonstrates erasing, writing and deleting objects.


Target language: English

Resource language: English

Native language of learners: French

Age range: 18+

Language level: B2 - Upper Intermediate

Educational context: Higher Education

IWB Features: Hide & Reveal, Image, Other

Teaching methods: Groupwork at IWB

Language area: Listening, Speaking

IWB board used: SMART Board

Teacher comment

And for the learners in the primary school, there's also another advantage with this whiteboard, is that you can touch with your finger, the things. You don't have to use the pencil. This is important because you can feel things. It's more sensual. You can feel, you can touch. When you learn how to write and to read, you know, you can feel the letters. It's much better than with a pencil, you know?

This is interesting I think. Because it's in English, it's about the technique. You know when learners talk between themselves, it's always better than when it's the teacher talking. The learners, they use their own words, they ask the right questions, they are not shy. They can ask silly questions to each other - whereas when there's the teacher, it's always different.  But they did it all in English, this is what I liked.

I teach future teachers, and of course I have different objectives.  The first one is language of course. So every opportunity to use English must be taken.  This is a way to practice, and its really important for them to use of course the right words, but also to explain the technique of the board.

It's difficult to learn something without touching it, without using it.

Something that's important for any style is to have a purpose when you do it.  I think it suits everybody.  You do something with a purpose.  It's easy.  Then you can prepare your work before.  For the learners who might be anxious, they can have it prepared, it's reassuring in a way.  It's easy to go from a link that is put in the gallery.  It's reassuring to have everything there.  And also, you can improvise.  It's easy to go on the net from there.  It's very handy.

The Smartboard is very good because you can understand quite easily.  Even if you're not taught how to do it, you can use it without being taught.  It's very user-friendly.

Learner comments

The learners are particularly motivated to ask questions and try our the board's features because they need to prepare a presentation for the following week's class meeting.

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