Classrooms started with the blackboard, moved into the whiteboard and now in the 21st century there is the Interactive WhiteBoard also known as the Smart board. Classrooms are moving forward with the times and starting to introduce Interactive WhiteBoards (IWB) into their classrooms. I am at a private school and IWB were brought into most classrooms at the start of the year. In the school there are still blackboards and whiteboards used, although from discussion with teachers they prefer to use the IWB as there are more opportunities for their students.
Interactive WhiteBoards can be used in classrooms for (Branzburg, J. 2006):
- Visual literacy
- Class presentations
- Word walls
- 5 minute fillers
- Mathematic problems
- Copacabana website - seen used in prac classroom (can be used with all KLA’s)
...... And the choices are endless
This is my first experience with using an IWB and I have found them very successful with the students. It engages the students in the curriculum and keeps them interested in the topic. With all the new gadgets the students are playing with outside of the class I think IWB's are a great tool for maintaining their interest in the classroom. Not only do the students enjoy the IWB but it can decrease the workload for the teacher and helps them to become futures oriented (Knight, B. & Rowan,L. 2001). I remember the first time I used the IWB for a lesson. The students knew more about it then I did. They were showing me all different shortcuts to use and it was great.
If you get the chance to use an IWB in your classroom remember to be creative as this resource is a great and fun!
Bruce Knight & Leonie Rowan. (2001). Researching Futures Oriented Pedagogies. Retrieved July, 26, 2009, from http://www.e-contentmanagement.com/books/133/researching-futures-oriented-pedagogies
Copacabana Public School. (n.d.). Get Smart Interactive Activities. Retrieved July 26, 2009, from http://www.copacabana-p.schools.nsw.edu.au/Get_Smart_Pages/Get_Smart.htm
Jeffrey Branzburg. (2006). How to: Use an Interactive Whiteboard. Retrieved July 26, 2009, from http://www.techlearning.com/article/5160