Technology has been used as a great tool in schools. The new addition of the interactive whiteboard has given the opportunity for teachers to be able to utilise the IWB into their lessons. An interactive whiteboard is described as a “tool for education that promotes the development of skills and multiple intelligences” (Campregher, 2010).
Although the first interactive whiteboard was introduced and released in 1991, it is only in the last several years that the whiteboard has become a must have tool in the K-12 classrooms (Teich, 2009).
Though some teachers find the IWB very useful, some teachers actually find it very hard to use and believe it disrupts their way of teaching. I however believe that the use of IWB are very effective with proper use and training. Some teachers’ may use the IWB to create engaging lessons such as a matching activity where students use their fingers or pen to match the items. I actually created a lesson on IWB software just recently and created a similar activity.
Research has repeatedly demonstrated that students learn better when they are fully engaged and that multisensory, hands-on learning is the best way to engage them (Teich,2009). Interactive whiteboards facilitate multisensory learning whether it is a collaboration exercise for math problem solving or an Google Earth tour of the Amazon rainforest. Campregher (2009) study shows “ that the use of the IWB in a constructivist frame can enhance the learning process and influence learning styles as well as increase students motivation”.
There are many ways of using the interactive whiteboards in the classroom:
• Multimedia lessons and presentations including audio and video
• Collaborative problem solving
• Showcasing student projects and presentations
• Virtual field trips
• Recorded lessons that can be used by substitute teachers
• Documentation of student achievement (Campregher, 2009).
Here is a link to a website with interactive whiteboard games. Enjoy:)http://pbskids.org/whiteboard/
Here is just a quick video on digital learning i found http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5ySocUyI7I, Retreived, (9/04/13).
Campregher, S. ( 2009). Effects of the Interactive Whiteboard(IWB) in the classroom, Experimental Research in Primary School. Retrieved April 10, 2013, from the The future of Education website: http://www.pixel-online.net/edu_future/common/download/Paper_pdf/ENT34-Campregher.pdf.
Teich, A. (2009). Interactive whiteboards enhance classroom instruction and learning. Retrieved April 9, 2013, from the Benefits for Teachers and School Professionals web site: http://www.neamb.com/professional-resources/benefits-of-interactive-whiteboards.htm