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Clothing: using the pen tool to write the correct vocabulary next to the associated image

Uploaded by Emily Hillier, Cardiff Metropolitan University (UK)


This video clip took place in the context of a lesson on revising the vocabulary for different items of clothing in Welsh.  This clip shows individual learners volunteering to attempt to spell the vocabulary accurately by writing the words above or below the associated picture. The teacher is using SMART notebook software on a Promethean board. 


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)

Teaching methods: Individual activity at IWB

Language area: Vocabulary, Writing

IWB board used: Promethean

Teacher comment

I feel it helps with time, it improves the pace of the lesson because they are able to annotate and rub out quickly whereas if sometimes  you do it on paper that's far more time consuming than it is to use the IWB.  And it just improves the pace of the lesson really and it enables them, if they make mistakes they don't panic over it because they are just able to go back and delete what they have done wrong quite easily and then re-annotate if need be.

It helped with their learning I think because it engages them more.  It's colourful and exciting and grabs their attention because I think everything is so ICT-based out in the real world now with their real experiences that they are gaining at home, that sometimes paper because irrelevant to them because of the amount of ICT they are seeing in their own lives. I feel it just engages them and gets their attention straight away.  You have got them focused and concentrating which enables you to really gain more in the way of teaching time.

It just gives them [the learners] a different dimension to what they're learning and it enables them to use ICT which is obviously another important and essential part of the National Curriculum so through teaching Welsh as a second language using ICT, I am targeting two areas of learning and developing two lots of different skills.

Learner comments

You get to go up and touch the IWB because you can write stuff on it [and] only our teacher uses that normal whiteboard.

It's good to use the IWB because then you don't feel left out and you know what's going on. If [our teacher] just explained things on the normal whiteboard then I don't think you would understand but with the IWB it just goes through stages.

I prefer the IWB because if you make a mistake you can rub it out but with a pen in your book they can't rub it out.

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