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Transforming Language Arts Instruction with Interactive Whiteboard Systems
Workshop #: CECO-11


This course will introduce you to the transformative possibilities that interactive whiteboard systems can have on your language arts curriculum. An interactive whiteboard system is comprised of many separate components from many companies, but when integrated into a whole system, it becomes a powerful instructional tool in the hands of a trained teacher. The first section of this course will provide a brief overview of different digital whiteboard systems and current research of their effectiveness in the classroom. The next section will build a strong foundation of skills necessary to successfully control the hardware and software used. These skills include basic operations, manipulating graphics and objects, overlay tools, and integrating peripheral products. The last section will show you how to integrate these skills into several language arts lessons which then you will apply this knowledge to create a lesson of your own. This course features over 45 videos comprising over five hours of core video-based training, allowing you to see a credentialed teacher/ certified trainer actually using an interactive whiteboard system. The skills and their integration into language arts instruction covered in this course are designed to be transferable to any hardware or software platform.

Please Note:
Although having access to any brand of digital whiteboard is not required, it will greatly enhance your learning experience. Most of the software applications referenced are available as free downloadable trials and are compatible with Windows and Mac operating systems.

Most lessons in this course demonstrate hardware and software features through the use of core and auxiliary videos. Core videos, which are embedded in the web page, have been created and professionally produced specifically for this course and feature a digital whiteboard system from SMART Technologies. Auxiliary videos, which can be accessed via web links, have been produced by others and feature different digital whiteboard systems.

Student Expectations:
This online course is experiential, interactive, and features many streaming video training modules. Participants will complete journal exercises and online assignments. In addition, participants will be expected to practice and use specific skills in their own setting and report the results to the online forum. Participation is necessary for passing the course.


Upon completion of the course, students can decide if they would like to receive credit and from which university they would like to receive credit. Please see University Affiliations under the Information Center for the cost per credit.

Class Outline:

Lesson 1: Building Background on Interactive Digital Whiteboard Systems
1.a  Components of Interactive Digital Whiteboard Systems
1.b  Comparison of Digital Whiteboard System Major Brands
1.c  Research on Student Achievement and Interactive Whiteboard Systems
1.d  Current Trends in Educational Technology
1.e  Reflective Journal/Forum Exercise
1.f  Glossary of Terms & Resources
1.g  Quiz

Lesson 2: Learn & Practice Skills- Basic Operations
2.a  Attaching Links
2.b  Managing Pages
2.c  Page View Options
2.d  Pen Tools
2.e  Screen Capture
2.f  Shapes, Lines and Eraser
2.g  Recording Sound
2.h  Basic Operations – Quiz

Lesson 3: Learn & Practice Skills- Graphics
3.a  Gallery : Search Content Types
3.b  Gallery : Adding and Managing Your Own Content
3.c  Manipulation: Aligning Objects
3.d  Manipulation: Attach Link and Sound
3.e  Manipulation: Copy, Clone
3.f   Manipulation: Drag and Drop
3.g  Manipulation: Flip, Order
3.h  Manipulation: Lock, Group
3.i   Manipulation: Move, Rotate, Size
3.j   Manipulation: Selecting Multiple Objects
3.k  Properties: Fill Effects
3.l   Properties: Line and Text Styles
3.m Graphics – Quiz

Lesson 4: Learn & Practice Skills- Overlay Tools
4.a  Use & Modify Ink Layer
4.b  Pointer & Screen Shade
4.c  Spotlight
4.d  Virtual Keyboard

Lesson 5: Learn & Practice Skills- Peripheral Products
5.a  Document Camera- Hardware Overview
5.b  Document Camera- Native Software
5.c  Document Camera- Combination with Digital Whiteboard
5.d  Student Response Systems- Hardware
5.e  Student Response Systems- Software
5.f  Peripheral Products – Quiz

Lesson 6: Curricular Integration- Editing Marks
6.a  Lesson Description and Guided Practice
6.b  Modifications/ Extensions
6.c  Reflective Journal/ Forum Exercise

Lesson 7: Curricular Integration- Handwriting Practice
7.a  Lesson Description and Guided Practice
7.b  Modifications/ Extensions
7.c  Reflective Journal/ Forum Exercise

Lesson 8: Curricular Integration- Storytelling
8.a  Lesson Description and Guided Practice
8.b  Modifications/ Extensions
8.c  Reflective Journal/ Forum Exercise

Lesson 9: Curricular Integration- Word Families I
9.a  Lesson Description and Guided Practice
9.b  Modifications/ Extensions
9.c  Reflective Journal/ Forum Exercise

Lesson 10: Curricular Integration- Word Families II
10.a  Lesson Description and Guided Practice
10.b  Modifications/ Extensions
10.c  Reflective Journal/ Forum Exercise

Lesson 11: Curricular Integration - Vocabulary
11.a Lesson Description and Guided Practice
11.b Modifications/ Extensions
11.c Reflective Journal/ Forum Exercise

Lesson 12: Curricular Integration- Create and Implement Your Own Lesson
12.a Create and Teach a Lesson
12.b Reflective Journal/ Forum Exercise

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Contact Information:

or 425-788-7275 ext 104


Graduate credit is available after course completion for an additional fee from various universities.

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