Today we discussed how students need to actively be involved in producing their own knowledge. Learning is not about memorising, but constructing new knowledge and building on it.
In todays world, there’s a lot of multimedia used to teach the students. One of the newest technologies used in the classroom is the interactive whiteboard (IWB). This to me is quite amazing, since my experience at school involved a lot of photocopying, a lot of paper work and constant use of projectors. As Kent (n.d.) describes “An interactive whiteboard is a technology that is designed to facilitate group interaction”. Students become involved with each other, whilst interacting, to use the board. As Kent (n.d.) also describes, IWB’s should be used in combination with a variety of educational programs, learning objects and things such as video clips, sound files and moving images to motivate the learners.
Kent (2008) implies, “It is not the technology, it is the teacher” – a school environment needs to have certain characteristics to make sure IWBs are used to enhance teaching and learning.
There are 4 main categories that activities on the IWB can be categorised into:
1) Labelling: labels need to be dragged to correct location
2) Sorting: different objects need to be sorted
3) Ordering activities: jumbled objects need to be placed in correct order
4) Puzzle activities: learners need to use problem solving skills
The use of IWB’s can support many learning styles if used correctly and purposefully in a classroom setting. It has hands on access, audio instructions, video clips and a wide range of different activities which students can complete according to their needs.
The use of IWB’s motivates students to use their thinking skills to problem solve and bring forth their prior knowledge to complete activities. Learners can take what they learn from the IWB’s and be as creative as they like to develop their own ideas into a whiteboard or other programs such as flowcharts.
The clip below is an example of what type of activities students can engage in:
Kent, P. & Holdway, M. (n.d.).Interactive Whiteboards, Productive Pedagogies and
Literacy Teaching in a Primary Context. Retrieved April 9, 2011, from
Kent, P. (2008). Interactive whiteboards: a practical guide for primary teachers. Melbourne: Macmillan Teacher Resources.
Images and videos:
Mobile and Ubiquitous. (n.d.). Students interacting with a smart board. Retrieved 13 of April, 2011 from
Promethean World. (2008). Multi Input Interactive Whiteboard. Retrieved April 10, 2011, from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M6U5l6Vb64w
Smart Classrooms. (2009). SMART Boards Why are they so easy to use? Retrieved April 13, 2011, from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0U05WeXPGlk