What is an IWB?

What is an interactive whiteboard?

Week 9’s learning activities discuss interactive whiteboards (IWB) and  the way that some IWBs are being ineffectively in classrooms, for example, they can promote a teacher centric pedagogy. Before delving into the benefits of IWBs in the classroom, I thought I’d provide some information on IWB’s and the benefits of their inclusion into the classroom.

So what is an Interactive Whiteboard?

The British Educational Communications and Technology Agency provides this definition:

“An interactive whiteboard is a large, touch sensitive board which is connected to a digital projector and a computer. The projector displaying the image from the computer screen on the board. The computer can then be controlled by touching the board, either directly or with a special pen.”

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Why would you want one these things in your classroom?

Here is a list of some of the reasons that I have thought of:

  • They allow all students direct access to this tool;
  • They offers opportunities for students to engage with ICT across all curriculum learning areas;
  • They provide educators a tool that can easily link ICT into class lessons, providing students with ICT skills they need to use technological tools such as classroom computers and iPads;
  • They support interaction and conversation in the classroom;
  • They help with the presentation of new cultural and linguistic elements;
  • They foster enthusiasm and engagement for learning;
  • They enable the educator to interact with the class, demonstrating, modelling and manipulating what was on the board by touch.

Shireen shares in her blog an example of how the IWB was used successfully in her prac class.

My next blog will discuss how IWBs can be incorporated into the classroom and the benefits that students will acquire from their use. For further information, this article provides an insightful view on IWBs.

Can you think of other reasons why you would like to have an IWB in your classroom?

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