I have seen teachers dumbstruck by the marvel that is the interactive whiteboard. A demonstrator flips the switch, lights dim, and The Beatles’ “Got to Get You Into My Life” seems to play quietly in the background. Manipulating terms, circling important ideas, playing multimedia, allowing students to play the role of educator, getting instant feedback on poll questions—these are just a few of the things a teacher can see herself doing with the flat, white miracle that is the interactive whiteboard.
Or are you a teacher excited by laptops and tablets? The classroom of the future is landing today at a school near you. Or, if you’re lucky enough, it has landed at your school.
And it is awesome.
The Mailbox upper grades editors (myself included) are looking for your classroom-tested ideas, tips, and activities for using new technologies in the classroom. How do you get the most out of your interactive whiteboard? Do you keep a digital camera holstered to your hip? What great suggestions do you have for using a document camera or tablet computer or even your smartphone to help you in your job? Are you a technophile, creating new ways of teaching using the latest in high technology? We want to know, and we want you to share with us.
Just as classic ideas that appear in The Mailbox magazine are rewarded with $20 gift certificates, we’re doing the same with resources inspired by and using technology in the classroom. Send us yours. You’ll be glad you did.