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  • 1. By Kaylee Shaw EDUC W200 Summer 2009 08/07/09
  • 2.  “Board with Teaching” by Tony Poulter Continued 1 Continued 2 Reflection o “The Wonders of Interactive Whiteboards” by Neal Starkman Continued 1 Reflection o “Whiteboards Inc.” by Michelle R. Davis Continued 1 Reflection  Helpful Hints  IWB Statistics  Conclusion  Citations
  • 3.  “An interactive whiteboard is a large, touch-sensitive board (various sizes available) which is connected to a digital projector and a computer. The projector displays the image from the computer screen on the board. The computer can then be controlled by touching the board, either directly (with the finger) or with a special pen. There are a number of manufacturers of interactive whiteboards, offering a variety of specifications and capabilities at a range of prices. There are basically two types of whiteboard - 'hard' (electromagnetic technology) which require a special electronic pen, and 'soft' (resistive technology) whereby the finger (or sometimes a pen)
  • 4.  Both central and local government funding are making it possible for schools to get access to the interactive whiteboards.  The two main and most popular companies associated with IWB’s are SMART and Promethean. Their software and hardware are cutting edge and have earned much recognition.  Most any kind of software can be used in conjunction with IWB’s, especially Microsoft Office.  IWB’s allow teachers to engage students more effectively with just the touch of their finger.
  • 5. Here is a list of some of the applications that an IWB offers according to the website:  “using web-based resources in whole- class teaching  showing video to help explain concepts  demonstrating a piece of software  presenting pupils' work to the rest of class  creating digital flipcharts  manipulating text and practicing handwriting  saving notes written for future use  quick and seamless revision”
  • 6.  This website was highly informative and easy to navigate. You could click on different links within the website (like Facts, Information, Research, and Applications) to learn all of the many aspects of interactive whiteboards.  What I found most interesting is all of the research/studies they included. Coming from a small rural school, I never realized that more than 70% of schools had IWB’s in the classroom since I had never been exposed to them.  I didn’t know that there were so many applications that an IWB can utilize. Such apps as the flipchart and redrafting text is amazing and seems to be quite simple to do.  I think that government spending on IWB’s is definitely a positive expenditure and that teachers need to be willing to get training to learn the new technology that is so useful and beneficial in the classroom.
  • 7.  One teacher claims that IWB’s are a great tool in the learning environment. He says, “The boards are a conduit to the curriculum.”  In one school system with many whiteboards, grades are up and suspensions down.  Another teacher claims about IWB’s that, “It’s created a unique partnership between teachers and students.” They can interact easier and more proficiently.  IWB’s are easy to use, even for kindergarteners.  PolyVision and Numonics’ software companies for the whiteboards, created their products for teacher and student friendly use for better effectiveness.
  • 8.  A concern for United States teachers is that Europe is ahead of them in their use of IWB’s. They believe it is important to keep up with European schools’ whiteboard technology implementation.  Software is more important the board itself with lessons that mirror the school system’s standards.  Students having fun in the classroom is most significant.
  • 9.  I thought this journal article did a great job of discussing the entire topic of IWB’s and all of the components that go along with it.  The fact that kindergarten students are able to utilize the boards without difficulty is a great part of the technology and a tribute to the software creators.  I definitely agree with the quote that the boards do not change the curriculum in the classroom but rather aid in the learning process.  I also think it’s great that the software companies work hard to make it user friendly with lots of tools for the user to maneuver.
  • 10.  In a high school Spanish class, the teacher uses the IWB so that the students get “hands-on experiences”. Her students match pictures and vocabulary words, visit Web sites, make and play a music video, and they also want to have videoconferences with classes in foreign countries.  She says, “They would be bored to tears if it was just me standing up in front of them lecturing… This is their native language. They speak technology.”  A London company “predicts that one of every seven classrooms in the world will feature an interactive whiteboard by 2011”.  Pretty much any task a computer can do, the IWB’s allow you to do in front of the class… with more interactive and more possibilities.
  • 11.  Many more European classrooms are equipped with IWB’s than the United States. “The countries headed in that direction are the ones with a more centrally financed form of education,” says David A. Martin, the executive chairman of SMART Technologies.  It’s becoming easier for United States schools to purchase IWB’s because technology prices are falling.  “Companies are also making their interactive whiteboards more attractive by developing libraries of ready-made lessons to pair with their products, organized by subject and age- group and even aligned with individual state standards.” Also, most IWB companies have websites that allow teachers to upload lesson plans and give tips.  It really depends on the subject whether
  • 12.  This website provided some great insights that the other two lacked.  I didn’t realize that certain subject areas wouldn’t feel the need to use the IWB as much as others.  United States schools definitely need to step it up when it comes to using technology in the classroom the way that European schools do. It allows the teacher and the students so many more capabilities.  It’s great that the IWB companies are giving teachers such great resources to learn and do more with their IWB’s.  I totally agree with what the Spanish teacher said about technology being a student’s language. Electronics are what our generation knows best so incorporating that in the classroom is a huge development.
  • 13.  Click here to view a link to a couple of the IWB companies’ resources for teachers.  This website has many tutorials and videos to help in operating the IWB.  To get some tips from teachers about IWB’s, just click.  I discovered that "Using Electronic Whiteboards in your Classroom“ is a great place to find IWB lesson plans for all subject areas.  I found this YouTube video, created by an actual teacher, very helpful in the basics of the IWB:
  • 14. 200 150 100 % 50 0 Visual Aids Improve Student Retention Time to Learning Explain Increase in Improved Complex Test Scores Subjects Reduced When Using IWB’s…
  • 15.  After reading these three articles, I have a much better understanding about interactive whiteboards and the role they play in schools.  I feel that our government needs to invest more money into providing our classrooms with IWB’s. Not only are they helpful for the teachers, but more importantly for the students. Both parties can get involved in the lesson being taught. IWB’s can be both educational and entertaining.  IWB’s are equipped with cutting edge technology and software that makes using them as easy as possible. All of the statistics are positive!  Incorporating interactive whiteboards in our classrooms would be an immense benefit in many ways. I believe they can improve and enhance classroom instruction and learning. IWB’s will revolutionize the classroom in a very positive way!
  • 16.  Poulter, T. (2009, March 26). Board with Teaching. Retrieved August 1, 2009, from the btinternet Web site:  Starkman, N. (2006, May 1). The Wonders of Interactive Whiteboards. THE Journal, Retrieved August 1, 2009, from Wonders-of-Interactive- Whiteboards.aspx?sc_lang=en&Page=1  Davis, M. R. (2007, September 12). Whiteboard Inc.. Retrieved August 1, 2009, from Education Week's Digital Directions Web site: