I use the matching, sorting, etc. options on smart board for whole group. The students love these. But I also have match paper copies with partners or turn and talk, this way they are working as groups or in partners as well and not just sitting there.
Thanks Kate for the input. I can always use new ideas for my SmartBoard to make it more student oriented. I like how you try to keep your students engaged by giving them paper copies which also keeps them accountable and gives them think time before they come up to the board.
Appropriate and the choice of an interactive website will lead to greater student interest.The interactive feature of any site will lead to greater student motivation .
I like to use the templates that come with the Promethean software as a means of engaging students. I also like to use a game called "Hot Seat" which tends to really engage the whole class in use of the board, especially when I have a student helper.