Whiteboards are for learning

For many years educators have looked at computer technology as a valuable resource for enhancing pupils’ learning in the classroom. Omar López presents the latest evidence that links the interactive whiteboard to higher levels of learning

COMPUTER-BASED INSTRUCTION began more than 40 years ago in the form of drill-and-practice routines that pupils individually completed on the computer. Today’s technology-based teaching emphasises pupils constructing meaning based on a high degree of interactivity among pupils, between pupils and curriculum, and between pupils and teachers. An emerging class of technology that offers enormous potential in generating these interactions is the interactive whiteboard (IWB).

What we know
Teachers who are successful with IWB technology:
● Receive ongoing professional development designed to change to teaching practices more relevant to the IWB;
● Display personal motivation enough to overcome their personal fears and embarrassment from making IWB technical mistakes with pupils.
● Promote an equitable two-way exchange of teaching and learning by sharing control of the IWB with pupils.

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October 2010