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The wonders of whiteboards

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By Margaret AllenBusiness Development Manager, Promethean Ltd

Follow these ten top tips to help you get the most from your interactive whiteboard and boost your children’s development

It is crucial in any early years setting to develop an engaging and stimulating environment for young children to grow in confidence and become motivated to find out about their world. Offering a range of activities that foster independence, as well as allowing for adult intervention, means that each child’s needs can be catered for. Today’s children, born into our multimedia world, can develop with the help of new and ever-improving technology.

An interactive whiteboard (iwb) with appropriately-developed software will allow young children the opportunity to share their ideas with their peers, as well as engaging with a range of opportunities for consolidating other learning experiences.

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1. Vocabulary and language

Upload a digital photo on to the iwb and encourage the children to draw over it. Using the sound icons, the children can record explanations of their drawings or diagrams, which will help to develop their language and vocabulary skills. The photo can be anything, for example, a known place within the setting or perhaps a place the children have recently visited.

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