Go Offline When Homeschooling With a Whiteboard and a Marker!
Whiteboards are ideal for homeschooling and – during the pandemic – to assist students participating in virtual learning classes. Following are some tips to make the most of a whiteboard for students learning from home.
- Young students need stimulation while at home; a whiteboard is a simple tool to get them up in front of their “class” answering questions while making it educational and fun at the same time!
- Organization is even more important in families that have students learning from home and parents working from home. Use a centrally located whiteboard to list the day’s activities.
- Brainstorming with young students:
- Pent up energy can be overwhelming, so let children brainstorm the events of the day, and then allow them the freedom to think creatively. Try this: Each child goes up to the whiteboard and writes down his or her ideas on what they want to learn (some guidance of course) or how they want to learn the lesson of the day (of course the “teacher” will combine ideas and provide some organization).
- Can children be innovative? Yes! Let them bring ideas together to create something thus teaching them the power of innovation. Who knows what they will create!
- Create a game:
- Create a game with the whiteboard by letting the children create symbols or characters and then a game using those characters. Make it stimulating while learning the power of creating something from nothing.
- Drawing as an exercise:
- Have each child go up and draw something on the whiteboard that is their interpretation of the ideas or lesson at hand.
- Children need to have fun along with daily lessons. Give them a marker and let them create on a whiteboard!
- OOPS moment:
- Someone used permanent marker on a whiteboard? No problem! With EVERWhite whiteboards you can erase even permanent marker with a simple technique see it here.
- Free time:
- Each child has the freedom to go up and use the whiteboard as their “canvas” for creating anything they have in mind. Let them draw as this could also be therapeutic. Let them share their feelings and ideas freely. And use magnets to further their creative tendencies.
- Calendar and times:
- Use the whiteboard as a calendar to keep some semblance of order in a chaotic world.
Dan Griffin is general manager of EVERWhite, a US manufacturer and seller of whiteboards and tack boards used for teaching, coaching, planning, collaboration and tracking. Along with his expertise in the use of whiteboards, Dan excels in leadership, product development, business operations, continuous improvement and product marketing. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, with a focus on Marketing, from Temple University.