Sharing not Staring steers teachers towards using the interactive whiteboard in ways which purposefully tap into its huge potential to make teaching more interactive, more exciting, more creative and enjoyable.

The approaches described in this updated and highly practical new edition fall into the following broad categories:

• Spotlight and word cover/reveal effects – having the impact of a puzzle which emphasises the question as opposed to a standard answer
• Text Organisation – enabling sequencing and exploration of syntax
• PowerPoint – exploiting the creative potential of this often overused or misused tool.
• Word – Performing the equivalent of conjuring tricks in the classroom. You can animate text, map it, organise it, hide it or scramble it.
• Image, moving image and Flash – discovering the impact and potential of well chose still images or video clips. Flash programs that have specific applications with words can add to the wonder and magic of English.

The activities outlined in this book can be undertaken with any of the popular brands of interactive white-board and are relevant with all age groups, across all educational borders.


chapter 2|5 pages

Grid reference

chapter 3|5 pages

Investigating symbols

chapter 4|5 pages

Hidden words

chapter 5|6 pages

Hidden texts

chapter 6|4 pages

Mystery texts

chapter 7|5 pages


chapter 8|4 pages


chapter 9|5 pages

Gathering thoughts

chapter 10|5 pages

Collapsing and re-sorting texts

chapter 11|3 pages

Exploring text types

chapter 12|4 pages

One thing after another


chapter 13|6 pages

Making notes is hard to do

chapter 14|4 pages

Word bits

chapter 15|6 pages

A ‘stand-out’ lesson!

chapter 16|4 pages

Ordering our thoughts

chapter 17|4 pages

Pictures to inspire

chapter 18|4 pages

Transforming texts

chapter 19|3 pages

Counterpoint with PowerPoint

chapter 20|5 pages

Show, look and disappear

chapter 21|3 pages

Movie capture animation