During your career, you have probably written and rewritten the same information hundreds or thousands of times over. The same is true of diagrams, graphs, and charts. And when you have copied your materials, you have probably used a photocopier for the task. In the digital age, this is a massive waste of effort.
Producing your own digital materials is extremely useful and labor saving. And it’s much easier than you may think. Here are some of the benefits:
1. It allows you to produce a bank of materials you can reuse or share with your colleagues.
2. You can save physical space and enjoy instant access to any resource you need.
3. You can resume your next lesson from exactly the same place you left off.
4. You can provide students with the resources from the class to help them with homework and revision.
While it has been possible to digitize resources with software like PowerPoint or Keynote, this has been an awkward and time-consuming task. An interactive board makes it an easy job, and enables you to include multimedia elements, such as videos or audio clips.
Producing materials using your interactive board does not mean rewriting your lesson plan. In fact, this type of work is most productive when you use an old-fashioned “non-interactive” whiteboard approach. What it means is that you should think about how you would present this information during the class on a traditional whiteboard. This is usually as simple as writing bullet points, sketching diagrams and graphs, and annotating illustrations. With a little technical flair, these same presentations can be translated to a top-class interactive whiteboard presentation.
Most interactive board manufacturers provide software that allows you to start with a blank presentation and record your annotations and illustrations. This is the digital equivalent of a blank slate. Of course, to write on your interactive board you will be using a stylus instead or a marker. You should familiarize yourself with this tool, and the editing features of your board.
During the lesson, you can use the board in a natural way, and the software will be recording everything. When you are finished, a file will be produced containing all your notes and illustrations. You can edit this file to sharpen it up or remove errata. Or you could take the opportunity to add some polish. Maybe you want to add a video clip? Once you have finished, you can save the file to your school’s network or cloud based storage. You will be able to access this file in the future, or share it with others.