Interactive Whitboards

What seems to be the most important aspect of using an IWB that will make it a useful classroom tool for learning?

There are many advantages for using an Interactive White Board (IWB) in the classroom as stated by Higgens, Beauchamp & Miller (2007), such as gaining stronger attention from the student body, quickening the pace of lessons and the ability to save and re-use materials from prior for future lessons. With all these great ideas in mind, there is a crucial aspect that needs to be highlighted to ensure that the IWB will be used in useful manner for the purpose of learning within the classroom and this is to ensure that the teacher is not ‘taking over’ the IWB but allowing students to truly ‘interact’ with the IWB. Research states that although the IWB enhances the motivation of students, it does not necessarily impact their academic and learning achievements (Higgens et al, 2007). We as teachers need to adopt and integrate the IWB for the learning of our students by not only grasping their attention but to help them interact and gain a deeper, more contextual understanding through the use of this technology. We need to ensure that we provide our students opportunities to use and benefit from the IWB.

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

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