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Reviving Whiteboards & White Spaces

Whiteboards have all but replaced chalkboards in the modern classroom. Still, many educators have yet to discover whiteboards and other erasable spaces provide a number of dynamic opportunities for thinking and learning that a static blackboard and rigid materials do not. This collection includes everything from teaching strategies to DIY guides to building and creating customized whiteboards and erasable spaces. Curator's Note: Don't forget to take lots and lots of pictures.
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Reviving Whiteboards & White Spaces
  • Dan Ryder says:
    This short video illustrates how personal whiteboards can be used for formative assessment & quick checks for understanding in the classroom without calling upon individual students. The accompanying articles makes several other suggestions for use and affordable ways to acquire multiple whiteboards for the classroom. These strategies also demonstrate the value of whiteboards as a tactile experience and balance point for tech-rich learning environments.
  • Dan Ryder says:
    While framed as strategies for a science classroom, instead consider this article a collection of easily adapted, multipurpose whiteboard activities for any classroom. Of particular note are the collaborative, interactive and competitive strategies that take advantage of whiteboards as customizable tools.
  • The Role of White Space in the Classroom

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    Dan Ryder says:
    When using whiteboards, bulletin boards and creating other learning spaces, consider the power of intentional "white" space. This article from Hilda Tague explains its value and the mindset with one may approach student learning space.
  • Dan Ryder says:
    This lifehack starts with instructions on creating vertically aligned index cards & finishes with instructions for creating dry-erase index cards, while suggesting a variety of uses for them. (Spoiler alert: packing tape is a surprisingly nimble crafting material.)
  • Dan Ryder says:
    The link takes you to the second of a three-part series from Laura Candler, a blogger for TeachHUB. This part features some interesting and somewhat unconventional uses of dry erase boards in any classroom setting. The first part suggests alternatives to traditional boards and the second includes excellent tips on managing multiple dry erase surfaces.
  • Dan Ryder says:
    These are the instructions and tips on how to build one of their famous Z-Rack whiteboards on your own. Engaging a local vocational learning center for assistance might be another way to lower the costs and degree of difficulty.
  • Dan Ryder says:
    Essentially an advertisement for both IdeaPaint and EverNote, the greater implication here is the combination of digital photography, online tools and erasable white spaces. The video illustrates how uniting the analog and the digital experience can make for a richer learning environment.