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The whiteboard allows for instant communication and enables everyone to participate.
Many learners appreciate interaction with the tool; it helps to keep their attention.
Whiteboards often contain some combination of the following annotation tools: pencil, eraser, text, colour, lines, and various shapes.
Your learners can usually annotate the whiteboard at the same time. They can draw pictures, write freehand, type, highlight something on the screen, put a mark on a graph and so on. This provides a creative way to communicate.
Here are some tips:
Prepare your exercises well in advance.
If only a few of your learners are writing ideas on the whiteboard, encourage the reluctant ones. You could ask them to comment on the ideas, for example.
You could create your own games. This is a great way to reinforce content, energise your audience, and have some fun at the same time.
Games using the whiteboard:
Virtual 'Chuck-a-Ball' - using a grid of learners' photos, ask one learner to indicate on the whiteboard which other learner they want a question to be addressed to.
Express Opinions - using a grid or table (YES not sure NO), ask learners to indicate their attitudes or opinions.
Draw a Diagram - ask learners to draw missing parts of a diagram.
Crossword or Wordsearch - these can be great fun.
Quizzes - ask learners to choose answers by annotating the whiteboard.