The interactive whiteboard in the mathematics classroom. Dr Geoff Tennant [email protected] Approximate plan…. Introductory activity What an interactive whiteboard is and what it can – and can’t – do Bringing bearings to life Use of Geogebra and Geometers sketchpad
Dr Geoff Tennant
What an interactive whiteboard is and what it can – and can’t – do
Bringing bearings to life
Use of Geogebra and Geometers sketchpad
Use of Autograph
Single best place to start looking for IWB activities for maths that I know:
National Library of Virtual Manipulatives: http://nlvm.usu.edu/
Number and operations -> 9-12 -> Circle 21
Algebra -> 9-12 -> Coin Problem
Algebra -> 9-12 -> Peg Puzzle (also see http://nrich.maths.org/1246)
Algebra -> 9-12 -> Towers of Hanoi (also see
Could we have done these activities without an IWB?
All an IWB is is an enormous mouse pad. In principle, everything we can do on an IWB we can do without.
Towers of Hanoi – with actual disks
Frogs (pegs) – with people
Coins and circles – with pen and paper.
Can bring an immediacy to the situation
Bring things to life
And children love coming and using it!
For some associated research, see
This board is a Smartboard with a soft membrane, don’ t need a pen to use it.
As the signs say, do not use ordinary whiteboard pens on this board as this will damage it irreparably!
Also available are Promethean boards, which are hard and do need a pen for use. Better not to use ordinary whiteboard pens but not quite so disastrous as for Smartboards!
Make sure you practise actually in the room first! All kinds of things can go wrong. Note – all of the activities I’ve done so far need an Internet connection.
As with all lessons, key thing to decide is what you are wanting children to learn, ie. what are the lesson aims? IWB may or may not be the best way of achieving the aims.
Nothing magical about the IWB. Consider this website:
What is the underlying teaching model here?
I am about to show you a leaf in Florida
Incidentally, for web resources for mathematics, single best place that I know to start is:
Why would you want to use this rather than go about things some other way?
Consider also the use of bearings
Free software available at:
Angles in a triangle
Angles in a quadrilateral
Joining midpoints of the edges of a quadrilateral
Quadratics with sliders
Points P, Q, R and S are midpoints of each side of quadrilateral ABCD.Prove that quadrilateral PQRS is a parallelogram.
Please note: use of Geogebra and IWB no substitute for proof!
But may be really helpful in giving a clear sense as to what is going on before engaging with formal mathematics.
Introduction to differentiation
Vorderman, C., Porkess, R., Budd, C., Dunne, R., Rahman-Hart, P., Colmez, C. & Lee, S. (2011). A world-class mathematics education for all our young people. London: The Conservative Party.
IWBS are a great resource in bringina an immediacy to the maths classroom
There is nothing magical about them, what you are going to do needs thinking through
Please do make sure you practise their use and have a back up plan if things go wrong
Thank you for coming!