Getting the Best from Boards

Thursday 3rd February 2022

  • #UKEdChat session 588
  • Few teachers have had training on how to make the best use of the board in their classroom.
  • Learners can develop and share ideas in many ways when using boards, both in and out of the classroom.
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Few things symbolise the teaching profession more than a board. Whether you are a chalk band blackboard purist or live to hear the pleasing squeak of a freshly opened and ink-ladened pen on a whiteboard, or you have left the analogue behind to embrace one of the myriad e-boards, teachers spend much of their time in front of and using a board to explain, demonstrate and highlight. In the age of Covid, many of us dispensed with a physical board of any kind, and instead opted for a virtual sketchpad or PowerPoint.

The way an educator uses a board is very individual and depends on a great many things. The subject being taught, the age of the learners, personal preference and the decade when the teacher entered the profession. But which ever type of board you use, are you getting the best out of it? What blackboards and chalk lack in the videos that one would get from an e-board they compensate for in the physically of writing and drawing on one (and who doesn’t like rainbow chalk?!). What drywipe boards lack in the interactive content of an e-board, they make up for in their portability and flexibility (not that type of flexibly Tom, you’ll break it!). What e-boards lack in portability and pleasure of writing upon, they make up for by having some of human knowledge and creativity just a few clicks away. Choose your tool to match your needs.

In this #UKEdChat session, which took place on Thursday 3rd February 2022 at 8pm(UK), we discussed how to get the most out of each type of board, how learners can use boards to develop and share their thinking, and how to use your board writings and creations going forward.


  1. What is your preferred type of classroom board, and why?
  2. How has your use of the classroom board changed since you entered teaching?
  3. What are the advantages and disadvantages of the different kinds of boards (black, white, electronic etc)?
  4. How do your learners personally interact with the main classroom board in your lessons? How could this be improved?
  5. How are boards used outside of the classroom in your school? What best practice do you see?
  6. How could teachers and learners make better use of boards to develop/share ideas? What are your favourite board-based activities?
  7. What training would you like to have to help you make better use of your classroom board?
  8. What good and bad practice have you seen of boards being used in staff meetings, training sessions and in shared spaces?

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Martin Burrett is the editor of our popular UKEdMagazine, along with curating resources in the ICTMagic section, and free resources for teachers on UKEd.Directory

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