Fundemental elements of quality interactive whiteboard lessons
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    • Fundamental elements of quality, interactive whiteboard lessons
      Presenter: Charmaine Friel
      MD Sherston-Sheshani, primary school teacher
      (20 yrs); teacher development and training
      Computer Room 3CPC
      Wed 6 July: 15.30 – 17.30
      • Emphasis on learner focused
      • Focus on learner-interactivity, not educator interactivity.
    • The learning outcome is observable and measurable:
      • Can you observe if the learners have grasped the concept?
      • How can you measure this?
      • If assessment is included, it must
      be appropriate
      to the learning outcome.
      • There are many opportunities for the learner to practice the skills we are teaching them.
      • The screen is uncluttered.
      • If animation is used it has a purpose.
      • The instruction is sequenced from easy to difficult and/or from few to many.
      • The screen does not include irrelevant clues that give away the correct answer.
    • Use relevant, interactive curriculum software to :
      • Enable authentic learning in interesting and engaging ways
      • Teach new concepts in a lively, engaging and interactive way
      • Consolidate/ revise concepts and skills
      • Assess learner progress
      • Diagnose possible remedial problems
      • Visit:
    • Enquire about
      the Sherston
      curriculum software specials in classroom E8
      • The basic functionality of all interactive whiteboards is the same. TRUE
      • Interactive whiteboard units which turn a normal whiteboard or smooth white surface into an interactive whiteboard do the same as interactive whiteboards which are installed on a wall. TRUE
      • All interactive whiteboards are supplied with powerful, easy-to-use lesson creation software. NOT ALWAYS
      • DO: Make time to acquaint yourself about the different options that are available.
      • BE AWARE: More expensive does not necessarily mean better, but be alert to “cheap” solutions that don’t deliver what is promised. Check the footprint / presence of the product in SA schools.
      • ENSURE: That your educators are ready and confident to use the technology. If not, put structures in place to correct it.
      • ENSURE: That you have structures in place to sustain optimal use of the technology.
      • AVOID: Vendors who are selling IWB solutions who advocate using existing popular interactive whiteboard software at your school to use with their solution.
    • Questions to ask when researching Interactive Whiteboard technology:
      • Price? Pricing is always a consideration. More expensive does not necessarily mean better.
      • What is included in the price?
      • What is the warranty period? 
      • What are the installation costs?
      • If you have technical/ hardware problems, do you have to call technicians to come to your school or does the supplier have a swap out policy?
      • Is the lesson creation software powerful and easy to use? Has the software been designed with education in mind?
      • Does your school pay for software updates/ annual fees?
      • Is training included in the price of the unit? How much/ how often?
      • Is training hands on where educators create lessons themselves during the sessions?
      • Is there free online training for teachers?
      • Does the supplier supply resources, lessons etc when you purchase the unit?
      • What other resources are available for use with the board/ unit?
      • Is there a robust, relevant education community that teachers can tap into to download lessons, galleries and links? Are South African lessons available?
      • Is there online technical, professional support with regards to assistance with improving on or enhancing the quality of lessons created by your teachers?  
      • How many SA schools are using the product?
      • What is the extent of the service and backup offered by the supplier?
    • Thank you for your time!
      Please visit the Sherston-Sheshani and BDC stands in classroom E4 and E8 to see interactive technology at its best!