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Interactive Whiteboards Professional Practice. What is an interactive whiteboard?. Special screen that can be written on and used to control a computer Works rather like a tablet Various types Range of prices Large companies include Smartboard and Promethean

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Interactive whiteboards professional practice

Interactive WhiteboardsProfessional Practice


What is an interactive whiteboard

What is an interactive whiteboard?

  • Special screen that can be written on and used to control a computer

  • Works rather like a tablet

  • Various types

  • Range of prices

  • Large companies include Smartboard and Promethean

  • Generally more common in primary and secondary schools.


Why are we interested in them

Why are we interested in them?

  • Language schools and institutions have taken to them.

  • Sometimes for marketing reasons.

  • Sometimes because of government or institutional policy.

    -Examples in the UK under the 1997 labour government, Mexico, Spain, Malta etc.

  • Great for creating content and ready-made content.

  • Publishers using them to create materials


Oup video

OUP-Video

  • This is a useful quick video about using an IWB which comes from OUP. It talks about ELT and gives some good ideas around the use of text.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jIHg3F3C56I


What features does the board have

What features does the board have?

Too many to list but some key ones would be..

  • Everything controlled from the board

  • Create as many pages as you want

  • Save your files for sharing

  • Make use of amazing number of images provided free

  • Curtain, Magic Pen, Double Screen

  • Control by using finger or pen

  • Lots of visual uses. Coloured pens, highlighters, shapes, fills,

  • Quick access to the internet

  • Lots of additional games and activities

  • Create content in advance

  • Get to internet

  • Manipulation of text is very good


What does the research say positive feedback

What does the research say? Positive feedback

  • Helps with integration of lessons as teacher can do everything at the board.

  • Can allow for flexible lessons as easy to change, use the net, grab pictures and innovate while teaching.

  • Content can be saved and re-used and even printed out

  • Lessons more fun and engaging-more visually engaging-caters to different learning styles.

  • Lots of games and activities that allow students to interact with the board.

  • If well used can lead to increased interactivity.

  • There are claims it leads to increased control of a class because the teacher is looking at the students all the time


Negative aspects

Negative aspects

  • Teachers need a lot of training and it needs to be continual.

  • The technology often goes wrong and this creates frustration from both teachers and students.

  • Most teachers use it in a very teacher centred way.

  • Students are frustrated because they can’t use the board much ( only one person at a time).

  • Students get frustrated because teachers often lack the technical knowledge and make mistakes.

  • Many of the benefits can come from just having an computer and a projector.

  • Very expensive ( though e-beams are cheaper).


Conclusions

Conclusions

  • Negatives might outweigh positives

  • Used as a marketing tool

  • Only well-trained teachers seem to make effective use of them

  • Most things can be done on a projector/screen

  • Can be exploited when making materials

  • May lead to greater interest in technology


1 research articles to read

1-Research articles to read

Yanez, L & Coyle, Y. Children’s perceptions of learning with an interactive whiteboard. ELT Journal 65/4 October 2011

  • Students found the visual element important

  • Found using the board motivating but didn’t use it enough

  • Most teaching tended to be very teacher fronted

  • Technology often went wrong


2 research articles to read

2-Research articles to read

http://smartboard-hat.wikispaces.com/file/view/wtrs_whiteboards.pdf

  • A nice summary of the benefits of using an interactive whiteboard and simple introduction to IWBs.

  • Focuses on the interactivity , motivation and visual benefits but does not explain that this requires training.


3 research articles to read

3-Research articles to read

Slay, H, Sieborger I , Hodgkinson, C. Interactive whiteboards: Real beauty or just lipstick? Computer and Education 51 (2008) pg 1321-1342.

  • This is a long article and you only need to read the conclusion.

  • Goes into detail about many of the benefits as well as limitations of the board

  • Suggests that many of the benefits can really come from a laptop and projector

  • Points out that a lot of training is need before teachers can really enjoy the benefits of a board.


Additional content on line

Additional Content on-line

  • The JISC website provides a useful PDF with links to additional content

    http://www.jisc.ac.uk/uploaded_documents/Interactivewhiteboards.pdf

  • Article on student motivation

    http://mandymc.myweb.uga.edu/iwb%20synthesis.pdf


Videos

Videos

  • This is something we generated in the class using LinoIT. It is a collection of the most interesting on-line videos that provide information about IWBs. There is lots of content here.

    http://linoit.com/users/russell/canvases/iwbvideos


Russell s help videos

Russell’s help videos

  • These videos show you how to use an interactive whiteboard.

    http://www.teachertrainingvideos.com/iwb2/index.html

    http://www.teachertrainingvideos.com/smart2/index.html

    http://www.teachertrainingvideos.com/smart4/index.html


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