Please Wait, Loading Page...
- KIDS - Online Registration System

Please wait...

Adding to Workshop Cart:


Workshop Title

Checking for additional rates...

Online Course Details

Account Login

New Registrant

Workshop Cart

Cart Empty

There are 0 workshops in your cart.

Checkout (Inactive)
Transforming Social Studies Instruction with Interactive Whiteboard Systems
Workshop #: CECO-14


This course will introduce you to the transformative possibilities that interactive whiteboard systems can have on your social studies 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 social studies 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 social studies 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 Integrated Digital Whiteboard Systems
1.b  Comparison of Digital Whiteboard System Major Brands
1.c  Research on Student Achievement and Integrated 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  Pages, Undo, & Paste
2.c  Page Management
2.d  Pen Tools
2.e  Recording Sound
2.f   Screen Capture
2.g  Table
2.h  Basic Operations – Quiz

Lesson 3: Learn & Practice Skills - Graphics
3.a  Gallery : Search Content Types
3.b  Manipulation: Aligning Objects
3.c  Manipulation: Attach Link and Sound
3.d  Manipulation: Copy, Clone
3.e  Manipulation: Drag & Drop
3.f  Manipulation: Lock, Group
3.g  Manipulation: Move, Rotate, Size
3.h  Manipulation: Selecting Multiple Objects
3.i  Properties: Line And Text Styles
3.j   Properties: Page Recording
3.k  Properties: Set Picture Transparency
3.l   Graphics – Quiz

Lesson 4: Learn & Practice Skills - Overlay Tools
4.a  Use & Modify Ink Layer
4.b  Magnifier and Print Screen
4.c  Pointer & Screen Shade
4.d  Spotlight
4.e  Virtual Keyboard
4.f  Reflective Journal/ Forum Exercise

Lesson 5: Learn & Practice Skills - Peripheral Products
5.a  3D Mouse
5.b  Document Camera- Hardware Overview
5.c  Document Camera- Native Software
5.d  Google Earth: Overview
5.e  Google Earth: Layers
5.f  Google Earth: Save a Location
5.g  Google SketchUp: Overview
5.h  Online Interactives: Flash/Java
5.i  Streaming Videos
5.j  Video Conference: Overview
5.k  Wireless Slate (SMART Airliner)
5.l   Peripheral Products – Quiz

Lesson 6: Learn & Practice Skills - General Activities
6.a  Graphic Organizers in Various Programs
6.b  Process Recording in Various Programs
6.c  Selection of Picture Elements
6.d  Table Creation in Various Programs
6.e  Reflective Journal/Forum Exercise

Lesson 7: Curricular Integration - Observing Details in Pictures and Maps
7.a  Lesson Description and Guided Practice
7.b  Modifications/ Extensions
7.c  Reflective Journal/ Forum Exercise

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

Lesson 9: Curricular Integration - Map Comparison Throughout History
9.a  Lesson Description and Guided Practice
9.b  Modifications/ Extensions
9.c  Reflective Journal/ Forum Exercise

Lesson 10: Curricular Integration - Using and Creating Maps
10.a  Lesson Description and Guided Practice
10.b  Modifications/ Extensions
10.c  Reflective Journal/ Forum Exercise

Lesson 11: Curricular Integration - Virtual Reality Exploration
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

Course Evaluation

Contact Information: or 425-788-7275 ext 104


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

Registration Fee
Register Button

Close MapProfessional Development Alliance