IWBs and The Lost Thing

IWBs (short for interactive whiteboards) are increasingly becoming a vital resource in today’s classrooms for the variety of teaching and learning benefits they offer. IWBs allow teachers to present lessons and abstract ideas in a attractive and interactive way to students, who in return have more opportunities to engage with media and the lesson (Higgins & Beauchamp, 2007).

Although I have worked with IWBs before, I had the chance to create an IWB activity today based on Shaun Tan’s The Lost Thing (linked to outcome EN2-10C from the NSW English K-10 Syllabus:

lost thing

1. Students consider the moods represented in and through images – they move a coloured circle over a part of the image that conveys a particular mood.

2. They describe the mood represented in this section of image and aspects that suggest this mood (camera angle, colouration, tones, expressions, etc.).

3. The other students can respond by agreeing or disagreeing and give similar justifications for their choice.

lost thing again


Higgins, S., G. Beauchamp, and D. Miller (2007), Reviewing the literature on interactive whiteboards, Learning, Media and technology, 32(3), 213-225.


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