I-Board Player is a TES resource, allowing teachers to access and download resources to use with their interactive whiteboards. Originally, it was set up with activities for Key Stage 1 children, but more recently it has expanded into Key Stage 2, though this means that there is a greater wealth of resources for Key Stage 1 than Key Stage 2. Some of the resources have lesson plans to accompany the resources themselves. However, there are very few activities for Key Stage 2 classes, although it is clear that this is a work in progress. Many of the Key Stage 2 resources follow the same topics meaning that they are quite specific at present, and would not be of huge benefit to many Key Stage 2 teachers just yet. However, there are hundreds of activities for Key Stage 1 across a number of subjects and topics.




Children would struggle to use this resource, as it is aimed at teachers, and not really written for children, however, children would be capable of using many of the resources that are provided, though in practical terms it would not be possible for a whole class to use the resources at individual computers, they would need to use them as a whole class, as a requirement for the use of the activities is membership with the TES, which only teaching staff can acquire.



The TES i-board is a web based bank of games which can be played on the interactive whiteboard or from a laptop. As it doesn't need to be installed, you, the teacher can try the activities out at home beforehand.

i-board covers the following subjects for KS1: Literacy, Numeracy, Science, Geog, History, ICT, RE.

LITERACY
Main topics:
  • Phonics
  • Fairytales
  • Stoytelling
  • Sentence structure
NUMERACY
Main topics:
  • Shape
  • Time
  • Databases
  • Number
  • Measurement

HISTORY
Main topics:
  • Life in Britain since 1930
  • Museums & Galleries
  • Toys from the past


Feedback

  1. The Interactive numberline was not very interactive. The child can only reveal the numbers with the magic wand but not try and write the number into the line.
  2. Spider Web is a good simple activity for helping develop directions and angles knowledge. Children give the spider a command to try and catch the flies using angles knowledge. Could be played in pairs.
  3. Back in Time is a history visual. The children can look at a room in the present day and also in 1950, this would be used as part of a group or talk partner activity to discuss the differences between the room in the past and present.
Overall i-board covers a broad range of topics, however the children need adult support in order to use the games. The functionality is fairly basic and the games are single player only.