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Fundemental elements of quality interactive whiteboard lessons

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  • 1. 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
  • 2.
    • Emphasis on learner focused
    objectives
  • 3.
    • Focus on learner-interactivity, not educator interactivity.
  • The learning outcome is observable and measurable:
    • Can you observe if the learners have grasped the concept?
    • 4. How can you measure this?
    • If assessment is included, it must
    be appropriate
    to the learning outcome.
  • 5.
    • There are many opportunities for the learner to practice the skills we are teaching them.
    • The screen is uncluttered.
    • 6. If animation is used it has a purpose.
    • The instruction is sequenced from easy to difficult and/or from few to many.
    • 7. 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
    • 8. Teach new concepts in a lively, engaging and interactive way
    • 9. Consolidate/ revise concepts and skills
    • 10. Assess learner progress
    • 11. Diagnose possible remedial problems
    • 12. Visit: www.sherston.co.za
  • Enquire about
    the Sherston
    conference
    curriculum software specials in classroom E8
  • 13.
    • The basic functionality of all interactive whiteboards is the same. TRUE
    • 14. 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
    • 15. 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.
    • 16. 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.
    • 17. ENSURE: That your educators are ready and confident to use the technology. If not, put structures in place to correct it.
    • 18. ENSURE: That you have structures in place to sustain optimal use of the technology.
    • 19. 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:
  • 20.
    • Price? Pricing is always a consideration. More expensive does not necessarily mean better.
    • 21. What is included in the price?
    • 22. What is the warranty period? 
    • 23. What are the installation costs?
    • 24. 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?
    • 25. Is the lesson creation software powerful and easy to use? Has the software been designed with education in mind?
    • 26. Does your school pay for software updates/ annual fees?
    • 27. 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?
    • 28. Is there free online training for teachers?
    • 29. Does the supplier supply resources, lessons etc when you purchase the unit?
    • 30. What other resources are available for use with the board/ unit?
    • 31. Is there a robust, relevant education community that teachers can tap into to download lessons, galleries and links? Are South African lessons available?
    • 32. Is there online technical, professional support with regards to assistance with improving on or enhancing the quality of lessons created by your teachers?  
    • 33. How many SA schools are using the product?
    • 34. What is the extent of the service and backup offered by the supplier?
  • 35. 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!