3 Fun Ways to Use Mini Whiteboards
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Most of us have whiteboards in the classroom. They’re usually big and take up the majority of a wall. We use them to write down vocabulary, explain language or even play games. If we’re lucky our whiteboards are interactive and you can use them to show videos, Google images on-the-spot and play interactive games. Whiteboards are usually the centre of a classroom, a teacher’s best friend.
But have you seen mini whiteboards?
Mini whiteboards are tiny versions of what we use in our classrooms. They are usually used as noticeboards in offices or homes, but there’s no reason why we can’t use them in the classroom. One of the biggest attractions of a whiteboard for the students is writing on it. Mini whiteboards allow more students to write on a whiteboard at the same time. They give the students the power and freedom of writing what they want to write, without the pressure of writing on the big whiteboard in front of the whole class.
They can be used for a number of games and activities in the classroom to make our lessons more interactive and engaging.
A few ideas for mini whiteboards in the EFL classroom
When introducing a topic, the easiest way to find out how much your students already know on the topic and get them interested in it, is to brainstorm. Usually this is done as a verbal open-class activity. With mini whiteboards, you can divide the class into groups and give each one a whiteboard. Instead of shouting out the answers, get your students to write down any language related to the topic on the whiteboard. After a certain time (usually a minute or two) the students can hold up the whiteboards and see what the other students wrote down. To add in an element of competition, you can see who wrote down the most (relevant) words.
Quizzes are always good fun in the classroom. When doing a quiz during your lesson, it can be difficult to keep track of the different answers from each group. In extremely competitive classes students can even be accused of cheating! Mini whiteboards can be used to write down the answers and everyone can show their whiteboards at the same time, in this way eliminating any possibility of cheating accusations and adding in more teamwork to the quiz.
Some students are too shy to speak up in class. Mini whiteboards provide a way for students to do this without having to speak in front of the whole class. Each group of students can be given a whiteboard. Students can use them whenever they see fit to either ask a question, ask for repetition or make a comment. They can write a whole question on the whiteboard or even just a question mark, a question word or an unhappy or confused face to communicate what they want the teacher to know. The teacher can then address the issue without drawing attention to who brought it up.
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- The processing is based on consent – if you have previously given your consent to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD collecting and processing your personal information, and you notify us that you withdraw your consent. Please note: withdrawing your consent does not mean the processing of your personal data which occurred before the withdrawal was unlawful.
- We are processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes, and you want us to stop.
- If you think ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has processed your personal information unlawfully.
If you think any of the above situations apply, we may ask you for an explanation and further information to verify this.
Right to object to processing
You have the right to object to the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD processing your personal data in the following circumstances:
Personal information used for direct marketing
If we are using your personal information to send you direct marketing, you have the right to object at any time. If you exercise this right, we will stop processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes. However, we may keep your information on a “suppression list” to ensure your information is not added to any marketing lists at some point in the future.
Automated decision making and profiling
- ‘Profiling’ is the automated use of personal data held on a computer to analyse or predict things that have a legal effect, or other similarly significant effects, on the individual. Examples would include economic situation, health, personal preferences or interests and location. You have the right not to be subject to a solely automated decision (that is, a decision made electronically, with no human intervention), and this may include profiling (although there is no general right to object to profiling). If you are concerned the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has made a solely automated decision about you, you can object.
- Please note, ELEARNING FUTURES LTD is allowed to carry out automated decisions with no human intervention where you have given your explicit consent to this processing (although you have the right to withdraw your consent).
- We are also permitted to make automated decisions with no human intervention in the following circumstances:
- The automated decision is necessary to enter into, or perform a contract, or complete a contract involving you and the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD.
- The automated decision is allowed under a law passed at the European Union level, or at the level of the European Union or EEA member state level (i.e., is allowed under national law). The law will provide safeguards to protect your rights and freedoms.
However, you still have a general right to object in both of the above circumstances, providing reasons why you think the processing is having a negative effect on you. If you do object, we will carefully consider your reasons, and decide whether to review the decision-making process in your specific case.
Right to data portability
- If you have provided your information to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD, you have the right to request and receive a copy of that information in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format.
- You also have the right to ask us to send the information we hold about you to another organisation.
- There are some situations in which the right to data portability does not apply. For further information, please contact us.
Exercising your rights concerning the processing of your personal information
If you wish to exercise any of the above rights concerning the way in which we process your personal information, please contact:
Risk Management Team
ELEARNING FUTURES LTD,
21-22 Old Steine,
Email: [email protected]
Your right to complain to a national data protection regulator (data protection supervisory authority)
- If you think we have processed your personal information unfairly or unlawfully, or we have not complied with your rights under GDPR, you have the right to complain to a national data protection regulator.
- Complaints about how we process your personal information can be considered by the data protection regulator.