Interactive Whiteboards-List of Best Websites, Games, and Free Resources for IWB Teachers

Interactive Whiteboards-New Teaching Age

Interactive whiteboards-SMARTboards, starboards, and the like-are the symbol of a new tech savvy age in teaching.

Its a new level of interactive learning and teaching.

It all sounds great, but man there is a learning curve! If you've been using one, I'm sure I can hear an Amen! right about now.

Now, a giant touchscreen "paint" and "presentation" program is great, but it is pretty dull without ready resources.

Resources include pre-made lesson files, software (such as Google Earth), and web-based activities that can be manipulated by touch. 

This is my second year using an interactive whiteboard, and I've aquired a few favorite web based resources.

This hub will share those favorite resources with you!

History.com Game Screenshots

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History.com Flash Games

One of my students' goals is for them to demonstrate that they can correctly name at least 90% of the states.

Another goal for my students is to master the U.S. Citizenship Test at 90% accuracy.

For both of these, I go to history.com and take advantage of the "Games" section.

1. Place that State!

  • Drag and drop state challenge. 
  • Three levels: Beginner (relative location), Intermediate (absolute location), and Expert (absolute and state capital knowledge)
  • Colorful, easy to manipulate on an interactive whiteboard

2. State that Plate!

  • Match state names with licence plates
  • This one is difficult, but it gets students very familiar with the look and spelling of state names
  • This is a good competition quiz because it is short and difficult-Students love to compete with the teacher (I suck at this one myself!)

3. U.S. Citizenship Quiz

  • Includes the short and the full version (96 questions)
  • Available in Spanish as well as English

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Purpose Games.com

This is an excellent site for interactive whiteboard learning!

Not only can you make quizzes-multiple choice or matching (based on an image you choose)-but there are hundreds and hundreds of already created quizzes.

I love the fact that you can use any image as a setting for the matching games. This can help create a continuity between lectures, textbook, and other materials because we can use the same image to learn off of.

I find this particularly useful for special education students.

Students can make their own quizzes!

Best of all-Its Free!

Textbook Companion Websites Resources

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Use Free Quizzes and Resources from Textbook Publishers @ Their Textbook Companion Websites

Major textbook publishers usually have textbook companion websites with loads of free resources. 

Pearson, for example, has a "Know it? Show It." quiz for many subjects that works well on an interactive whiteboard. 

You do not have to have the textbook to use these resources! 

These sites can be particularly helpful if you teach a class that does not have a dedicated textbook or if the textbook is so ancient that it is near worthless. 

Learning goals and standards tend to be very similar accross the board-more so in recent years. This allows for lots of cross usage of textbook resources and materials!

Seriously! Check this out!

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danatheteacher 5 years ago from Pacific Northwest Author

@meolic, I'll consider that in the future, when I originally wrote this article, html5 was really not in the picture. Most resources listed here will be flash.

I do not have a lot of details on your situation, but if you are using Windows, try using a different browser like Firefox over Internet Explorer. If you have the ability to install software, try Chrome or a portable version of Chrome, as flash is built in.


meolic 5 years ago

Please, mark all resources with technology mark, i.e. Flash or HMTL5 or something else. On my computer, Flash is not working and I have hard time to find out correct resources.


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suziecat7 5 years ago from Asheville, NC

Great stuff. Thanks for sharing.


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SteveoMc 6 years ago from Pacific NorthWest

Nice resources, I'm sure it will help those just starting out. We are lucky to have you.

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