Inspire fabulous ideas rather than generating repeated groans of ‘let me just write that down’ or ‘I’ll never remember all this’ or ‘this is great but where will i get the time to do it?’.
What we want is cheers of eureka and hallelujah – at last someone has shown me the path to ICTlightenment…
Flipcharts – most teachers are using them.
Building them slow and building them quick according to how busy you are. But we’re ALL very busy aren’t we – it’s the nature of the job! :o(
As a teacher it is important to learn that building the resource quickly is an essential skill. Once you have got the ideas for delivering the content, you must be able to make it lesson-worthy in minutes.
But what makes a good flipchart?
This wiki looks to break it down into bite size, non-technical pointers to help you understand what makes a fabulous flipchart fast.
If we asked all teachers what should be in a flipchart for every lesson we might get a list that looks like the following:
- Learning objectives – what we’re going to do today
- Activities – usually one page per activity
- Text + Diagram + Hyperlink
- OR maybe Choice + Feedback + Challenges?? Watch the presentation below:
Original link to slideshow: http://teachr20.blogspot.com/2008/05/iwbs-in-secondary-where-is-interaction.html
It’s how you think about the flipchart that makes it work for the pupils…
First of all we need to understand that IWBs, and by implication flipcharts, are all about hooking the audience. Cast your HOOK over the class!
How do you get them interested? When you are the audience, what hooks you in?
|What turns you ON?||What turns you OFF?|
|Short snappy content||Reading what the presenter is saying|
|Something to do; an activity of thought or action||Lots of text in bullet points|
|Images: relevant, eye-catching, provocative||Things you can’t see properly; text or image|
|Audio: music or speech||Bad colour contrast choices|
|Videos: short but stimulating|
|Visual representation of content; mind map, flowchart|
|Fontclear style, not fancy|
|Opportunity to contribute to the communal board|
Practical tips & ideas:
- Images: find a relevant stimulating image. Put it on the flipchart page. Type your learning objectives (or whatever tells the pupils what they are going to do for the lesson). Stretch the picture full screen over the top.
- Interaction – see presentation above about the finer points of making something interactive.
- Make the flipchart for pupil’s to use.
| spotlight tool
||hyperlink to a webpage
|| ActiVote – who wants to be a millionaire in your classroom
| reveal tool
|| link to a video
|| get pupil‘s to use the board
| countdown timer
|| tickertape – run it at the top of your screen
|| put standalone notes on the board
|colour|| roll the dice to see who answers next
|| write big and shrink your text
| rub it out & bring it back
|| automatically convert your handwriting to text
|| camera tool takes quick pictures of whatever is on your desktop
| hide things by changing the order
|| make magic by pulling the answers from nowhere
|| make small things bigger – enlarge a stamp
sized image to full screen
as loads (100+) of promethean videos on it showing actual teachers building flipcharts. From easy stuff to complicated stuff. It’s great so have a look:
OR check this one out: