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6 ways to use interactive whiteboards for math lessons

There’s a reason more K-12 school districts than ever are choosing to invest in interactive whiteboards. Not only do they create flexibility for teachers during their lessons, but they also increase collaboration among students.

To maximize its usefulness for your existing lesson plans and chart the path ahead, let’s consider six ways you can incorporate interactive whiteboards into your math lessons.

1. Enable student collaboration

With an interactive flat panel such as the Samsung Interactive Display, SmartView+ allows students to cast the screens on their individual devices to the whiteboard to ask questions and show their work. Use this wireless connectivity to facilitate collaboration and cooperation between students and encourage them to help each other when learning new concepts. For example, if a student in your high school algebra class is the first one to solve an equation, have them cast their screen and walk through what they did to reach the answer. And since the Samsung Interactive Display supports connectivity with iOS and Android devices, you don’t have to worry about tech hiccups or devices not working well together.

2. Simplify measurements

The Samsung Interactive Display includes a built-in ruler and protractor, making it easy (and fun) for students to measure angles and objects as part of their math lessons. You can also use the measuring tools to help you and your students draw shapes and angles with perfect accuracy — a great help when you’re teaching geometry.

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3. Use Samsung DeX to make math interactive

If you have a Samsung mobile device, you can cast from your device to the whiteboard screen and have a desktop-like computing experience with Samsung DeX. Move through the classroom and help individual students work through math problems, answering their questions while still interacting with the rest of the class through the whiteboard. You can also use Samsung DeX to play educational videos, show what you’re writing on your tablet, or access math apps to show students how to operate them.

4. Use the annotate features for problem-solving

Just like an old-fashioned whiteboard, the interactive whiteboard can act as a canvas for freehand writing and problem-solving. Pull up a form with addition or subtraction problems for your elementary students, and let them take turns coming to the board. They can work on the problems using the board’s annotate feature and pen mode. When one student or group is done, you can easily clear the screen — or take a screenshot and save their work. You can also use the annotate feature as you teach new concepts.

5. Easily save and share your class notes

As you teach and write new concepts or equations on the whiteboard, you can easily save those notes to send to students and parents for later reference. Share the entire flow of class with students who are out sick or learning remotely — or share lesson plans with other teachers to pool your ideas. If students are learning remotely, you can even share notes, audio, and video in real time using a videoconferencing app.

6. Play math games

Students love games, and an interactive whiteboard is a great tool for facilitating both small-group and class-wide math games. Download educational apps on your mobile device and use them with the whiteboard via Samsung DeX, or play simple games like Back to Back using the annotate feature.

No matter which grade you teach or how you use it, the interactive whiteboard is a valuable tool for teaching mathematics and keeping students engaged. With a little curiosity and creativity, you — and your students — will think of many other ways to incorporate this technology into your math classes.

Learn more about how simple, scalable and secure display solutions empower educators to take control of curriculum in this free guide. And discover the full range of Samsung interactive displays, all designed for more engaging and visually enhanced collaboration.

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Jessica Leigh Brown

Jessica Leigh Brown is a freelance writer and former high school English teacher who covers the intersection of technology and education. Over the past decade, her work has appeared in EdSurge Higher Ed, Education Dive, EdTech Magazine, University Business, and District Administration.

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