Why Use an Interactive Whiteboard?
A B a k e r ’s D o z e n R e a s o n s !
B y D r. M a r y A n n B e l l
Presentation tools are increasing in popularity for educators who want
to share ideas and information with large or small groups of students.
Interactive applications are in demand for educators who want to
involve their students in learning with technology. The electronic
interactive whiteboard is a device that combines both of these
attributes, offering shared learning experiences for large or small
groups, as well as for distance learning.
First of all, what is an interactive electronic whiteboard? It is a
presentation device that interfaces with a computer. The computer
i m a g e s a r e d i s p l a y e d o n t h e b o a r d b y a d i g i t a l p r o j e c t o r, w h e r e t h e y
can be seen and manipulated. Users can control software both from the
Technology in the
computer and from the board. Participants can add notations, and
emphasize by using a pen and or highlighter tool. By using his finger as
a mouse, the teacher or student can run applications directly from the
board. Another user at the computer can also have input. Any notes or
drawings can then be saved or printed out and distributed to group
Why do I like interactive whiteboards so much? The following is a
baker ’s dozen reasons for my enthusiasm.
1 . The interactive electronic whiteboard is great for
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2 . The interactive electronic whiteboard is a colorful
A Push for Sustainable
Te a c h e r L e a r n i n g 3 . The board can accommodate different learning
The State Educational styles.
Association (SETDA) released 4 . All ages of students respond favorably to board use.
its fourth of five reports. The
5 . Distance learning is an excellent setting for
report, Empowering Teachers: A
interactive whiteboard use.
Professional and Collaborative
Approach, identifies several key 6 . One-computer classrooms can maximize the use of
points. limited computer access by using the whiteboard.
• Making sustainable
professional development 7 . The interactive whiteboard is an excellent tool for
available to all teachers the constructivist educator.
• Providing new teachers with
integrated pedagogy 8 . The boards are clean and attractive tools..
• Ensuring administrators have 9 . Students with limited motor skills can enjoy board
access to training and support use.
• Conducting research
investigating the efficacy of 10. It is interactive.
development models 11. It can interface well with other peripherals.
12.The board is great for meetings are lessons where the
www.districtadministration.com/ participants need printed copies of the proceedings.
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The Bourne Public Schools have
s e v e r a l Te c h n o l o g y Wo r k s h o p s Quality Counts 2009
available for staff. They include: The average grade for US states was a C, but
Massachusetts received an A in the following 3 areas,
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