When people think of interactive whiteboards, the first use that often comes to mind is as a presentation tool. Indeed, the ability to annotate documents, images, and web pages in a way that can easily be seen by everyone in the class is a definite improvement over a computer and data projector alone. Using the bundled software to save these annotations and refer to them later is an additional bonus. But this sort of presentational use only scratches the surface of the possibilities for using the interactive whiteboard in the communicative language classroom.
With properly designed activities, an interactive whiteboard can be a valuable tool for learning and practicing vocabulary, teaching reading strategies, and facilitating pair and small group conversational interactions.
This presentation focuses on how instructors can develop interactive whiteboard activities with a communicative focus. Activities appropriate for beginning, intermediate, and advanced level language students are demonstrated.