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Time: using the IWB visualiser to assess a learner's piece of written work

Uploaded by Emily Hillier, Cardiff Metropolitan University (UK)


This video clip was taken from the context of a lesson learning to tell the time in Welsh. Prior to this clip the whole class were given two worksheets: one with images and times of when certain activities took place and another with a blank clock and lines underneath to write down what time certain activities took place in Welsh using full sentences.  In the clip one learner volunteered to place their work under the visualiser to be marked for the whole class to see.  The teacher used the pen tool to annotate the work to highlight key issues.  The other learners in the class were able to mark their work against the example under the visualiser.



Target language: Welsh

Resource language: English

Native language of learners: English

Age range: 10+

Language level: A1 - beginner

Educational context: Primary Education

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

Teaching methods: Whole class discussion, Individual activity at IWB

Language area: Reading

IWB board used: Promethean

Teacher comment

This activity was brilliant for seeing another child's piece of work so peer assessment but we were able to annotate over some of the spelling mistakes and order in which the words were put into the sentences. 

When I mark it is sometimes at home or when the children are not here, so it's sometimes difficult to mark when the children are in the class. I was able to give instant feedback; it wasn't a day later or a couple of days later so that was nice.

It's instant; you could never do that on ... a normal whiteboard.  It would have to be photocopied and then it wouldn't be big enough.  It's there and it's accessible. You can even save it if you want to and you can go look at it another time. 


Learner comments

I like it [visualiser] because you can see everybody else's work that comes up ... [and] you can copy off it sometimes.

If you make a mistake in your workbook and you cross it out it doesn't look neat but on the IWB you can go back and do it again.

It was better to learn it than on a worksheet because everybody can see it and then it's better. 

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