1. What is an Interactive whiteboard?
2. Role of an Interactive Whiteboard.
3. Interactive Whiteboard software.
4. Impact on learning.
5. Case study: Curl Curl Primary School.
What is it?
The interactive whiteboard system is made up of three pieces of technology
- A computer
- A digital projector
- The interactive whiteboard screen
Information from the computer is displayed via the projector onto the touch-
The whiteboard is touch sensitive, to control the whiteboard you simply
touch the panel with your finger or stylus.
Teachers are able to create lessons on the interactive whiteboard then save
them and use them at a later time.
Role of the Interactive
The interactive whiteboard takes on many roles the classroom environment;
The interactive whiteboard contains functions such as:
- Drag and drop, which enables objects on the board to be moved around by
- Hide and reveal, which enables objects to be placed over others that can
then be removed.
- Large memory for storing information and quick retrieval of material.
Ability to convert handwriting to text.
Play sound and video.
Work with standard windows applications e.g. Microsoft PowerPoint.
Impact on learning
Interactive whiteboards have been a part of the classroom for over a
Research shows that interactive whiteboard users can improve student
achievement in several ways.
Are an effective tool for educators who want to:
- Raise the level of student engagement.
- Increase student motivation and attendance.
- Support students with special needs.
- Improve retention and facilitate review.
Case study: Curl Curl Primary School
The school was able to borrow a SMART Board in 2005 enabling staff to see the
effects and possibilities it could have on classroom learning.
In February 2006 the school installed four SMART Boards of their own followed by
another four in July 2006.
“The SMART Boards are used for teaching whole classes, for small groups of
students to work on, games and activities and other interactive software, making and
showing videos and animations, and other interactive software, making and showing
videos and animations, recording lessons, demonstrations, using the internet and
even playing music.” (Pickering, 2006)
The school describes the SMART Boards as being easy and simple to use, they state
that the gallery and resources that the SMART Boards provide are “Excellent”.
The teachers of Curl Curl North believe that the introduction of this new technology
have been a positive change to their classrooms encouraging students to interact
with technology on a daily basis. They also use the SMART Boards themselves as a
planning tool for all their lessons.
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