Make the Most of your Interactive White Board

Students using an interactive whiteboard (photo credit: Kevin Jarrett)

Do you or someone you know have access to an Interactive White Board? Popular brand names include SMART, Promethean, and Epson.

These boards are popular in many classrooms. You can display a computer screen or use it like an electronic white board. One problem though is that once the lesson is done, the board is cleared and the content is no longer available. Enter Jing, Snagit, or Camtasia!

You can use TechSmith tools to record the interactive white board, thus freeing your content and making it available outside the classroom walls any time, any where. Recording your interactive white board is no different than recording your desktop computer screen. View the tutorials for the TechSmith product you use.

Here are some popular use examples:

  • Record a lesson starter or instructions. Play the video. As the video plays, you circulate around the room helping individuals and, in effect, “cloning yourself”.
  • Record a lesson summary or recap for absent students, as well as for students who may need a refresher when they get home. This works for keeping parents in the loop too!
  • Record “video notes” as shown by the teacher below. In this video he’s using Camtasia Studio, but you could do something similar with Camtasia for Mac, Jing, or Snagit.

In the video below, Mike Conrad shares his story about why he makes video notes, gives an example, and then walks through the “how-to” process of creating these video notes with Camtasia Studio.


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