“Map out everything you have that is related to this, and then fill in the pieces with interactive components that will bring you to the next level of student engagement,” she said. This might include images, dynamic websites, and videos that relate to the subject matter.

“It really is interactive, and you are building on that, from simple to complex, as you work through this,” Tishion added.

Interactive lessons should become more challenging as you progress through them. For instance, during a lesson on plant and animal cells, Tishion might begin with a simple vocabulary list, pairing words with definitions.

It’s important to keep IWB pages neat, consistent, and free from clutter or distractions such as unnecessary animations or flashy transitions, she noted.

“Start simple and build; you can tailor specific needs [and interactive elements] to a particular grade level,” Tishion said.

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She then will let students manipulate the IWB to match words and definitions before moving to a Venn diagram, and then incorporating voting software.

Students are able to download the DYMO/Mimio software on their home computers for free, and Tishion said they can download the original lesson file from her class website and use it at home for review or as a study guide.

“It’s a valuable tool for the teacher,” she said. “It engages kids in their own work—they absolutely love that.”