Interactive whiteboards in the modern classroom (sam and nick)
Interactive Whiteboards in the Modern Classroom<br />By Samantha Baseggio <br />and Nick Donnelly<br />May 2010<br />Figure 1<br />
What are Interactive Whiteboards (IWBs)?<br />IWBs are a medium in which to present information to people/students in a room.<br />They are just like a whiteboard but instead of the traditional markers and erasers, it is all electronic.<br />IWBs are connected to a laptop/computer and have an interactive screen which is usually permanently attached to a surface/wall.<br />IWBs require a special projector to allow interactivity. This is affixed to the ceiling just in front of the board.<br />
Why Choose an Interactive Whiteboard?<br />IWBs are revolutionising the way teachers are able to present information to their students.<br /><ul><li>Work and presentations can now be saved for later, on the connected media.
Teachers are able to interact with the World Wide Web and have access to millions of pages of information which previously would have required the students to be sitting at an individual computer.
It encourages students to be more attentive and to get involved when they are asked to perform an activity on the board. There is a novelty factor for children using technologies not available at home.</li></li></ul><li>Why Choose an Interactive Whiteboard?<br /><ul><li>No need for messy whiteboard markers and dirty erasers!
Can connect to sites such as Youtube and watch DVDs as a class on a large screen instead of a tiny portable TV!
Improvements already include an extended wand for the younger students who may not be able to reach the top of the board.
Students are much more Tech-Savvy these days and enjoy using computers and technology every day.</li></li></ul><li>Why Choose an Interactive Whiteboard?<br /><ul><li>Most models are now compatible with ALL major operating systems.
You can now share and swap information for other teachers to use.
Track what was covered in classes and bring up old work with just a few clicks of the mouse!
All students learn differently and this helps Visual and Audio-Visual learners where once upon a time their needs may have been left neglected
It encourages student engagement!</li></li></ul><li>Cost Effective?<br /><ul><li>Interactive Whiteboards range from $1000+accessories for a basic portable board to around the $5000 for a top of the line model which is accessories inclusive.
Schools are saving hundreds to thousands of dollars a year on having to buy markers which often run out quickly or go missing.
Schools have been raising funds by getting parents to donate money towards the purchase of IWBs, School Fetes, Community Donations and allocating money in the annual budget.
Technology is the way of the future and schools are seeing the value in investing money towards acquiring this wonderful medium of data representation.</li></li></ul><li>So, Why Not Choose an Interactive Whiteboard?<br /><ul><li>There is no interactive keyboard which means that teachers must walk over to the actual physical keyboard in order to type any text. .
The IWB is PC friendly and not Mac friendly meaning that some teachers may struggle to use the IWB effectively. Due to its non Mac friendly classes such as Media and Art classes may not benefit as most of these subjects are taught using Mac based computers. (McKenzie S, July 2009)
Teachers are often use to being able to rest the palm of your hand against the board when writing. This causes the curser to move while you write and can sometimes lead to you accidently selecting another application or some unwanted text. (Kuroneko K, 11 August 2008) </li></li></ul><li>So, Why Not Choose an Interactive Whiteboard?<br /><ul><li>The IWB in conjunction with PowerPoint and other medias can lure teacher into an entertaining the students instead of teaching them. (Lee M, 1 April 2009)
IWB can be hard to write as the IWB is a front-mounted projection screen. This means that the data projector is place in front of the IWB similar to an overhead projector. This can cause a shadow or the teacher obscuring the teacher’s vision on the IWB when writing, which make it difficult and annoying to white upon when using the digital ink. (Kuroneko K, 11 August 2008) </li></li></ul><li>So, Why Not Choose an Interactive Whiteboard?<br /><ul><li>Due to the location of the IWB usually located at the front of the class, teachers may feel trapped and may not be able to engage every student in a sufficient manner particularly the students at the back of the class. Teachers are forced to stay within an arms length in order to still interact with the board such as a simple task as scrolling down. (Kuroneko K, 11 August 2008)
IWB may also not be user-friendly for the lower primary school kids and may be broken by the younger students if not supervised correctly. This would cause for money to be spent on repairs as well as the classroom lacking the resource of the IWB as it gets repaired. (Lee M, 1 April 2009) </li></li></ul><li>REFERENCES <br />Figure 1: http://www.jessieyounghusband.w-sussex.sch.uk/parents/prospectusweb/prospectus05/whiteboard.jpg<br />Pricings http://epotential.education.vic.gov.au/showcase/download.php?doc_id=643 interactivewhiteboardcost<br />Betcher, C, Lee M, 1 May 2009, ‘The interactive whiteboard revolution: teaching with IWBs’, Acer Express.<br />Kuroneko K, 11 August 2008, ‘SMART board - pros and cons of using a digital, interactive whiteboard (in the classroom)’, retrieved from ezinearticles, < http://ezinearticles.com/?SMART-Board---Pros-and-Cons-of-Using-a-Digital,-Interactive-Whiteboard-(In-the-Classroom)&id=1399407>.<br />Leask M, 2001, ‘issues in teachin using ICT’, RoutledgeFalmer, London.<br />Lee M, Winzenried A, 1 April 2009, ‘The Use of Instructional Technology in Schools : Lessons to Be Learned’, Acer Press.<br />McKenzie S, Murcia K, July 2009, ‘Finding the way : signposts in teachers' development of effective interactive whiteboard pedagogie’, retrieved from Australian Education Computing.<br />U.S. Department of Education PT3, 6 Novermber 2009, ‘Interactive Whiteboards in the classroom’, <http://rmtc.fsdb.k12.fl.us/tutorials/whiteboards.html>.<br />Victoria Department of Education, ‘interactive whiteboards & associated products’, viewed 11/04/2010, <http://epotential.education.vic.gov.au/showcase/download.php?doc_id=643>.<br />Visit our blog at http://nickandsam2010.wordpress.com<br />