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Old 11-30-2006, 08:40 PM
 

I teach first grade and this is my second year using my interactive board. Last year, honestly, I "played with it" a lot. My district was very proactive about giving us inhouse training and have trained staff members in each building to help us/coach us if we would like.

As you get to "play" with the toolbar - which is fabulous- and all the resources, you will be AMAZED at how motivating it is for the kids and how fun it is to use.

For example; we do Making words which we normally use letter cards in a pocket chart to do. Over the summer, I made "letter cards" on Kidspiration and the kids can manipulate the letter boxes around to form words.

Anything you can make on the computer can, at the very least, be displayed on the whiteboard.

This year I plan on making my Holidays Around the World Power Point more interactive .

And the resource sites others gave you are wonderful. I use them pretty regularly myself.

Hope it at the very least, gives you some encouragement.
Maureen
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