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Educational Uses of Interactive Whiteboards

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Educational Uses of Interactive Whiteboards (IWB)




When I was in high school, the tools of the trade of teaching were changing.  I remember as we looked in awe as our old green traditional chalk board was replaced by the ever inspiring white board.  We could not only write in different colors now, but there would be no need to clean the chalk board erasers again! The future was here and it was glorious. As we begin a new decade in 2011, the tools are changing again and a new technology has been born: the Interactive Whiteboard (IWB) or more commonly known as the SMART Board! 















An interactive whiteboard or (IWB technology) typically combines a projector with software and computer technology to produce enlarged and interactive images, animations and text for the purposes of teaching and learning. (Northcote, 2010, p. 495)


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The uses of IWBs are various and depend on the application.  Here are some of the more common uses for an educational classroom setting.


- Taking classroom quizzes where all the students participate and results and scores are instantly collected for review.


- Showing PowerPoint presentations or lecture materials to the entire class.  


-  Watching educational movies from DVDs and online resources.  


-  Lecturing and using the pens and eraser to display information. (Much like a chalkboard, but with many advanced options)


- Artistic expression in early child development. 


There are many applications and uses for IWBs and these are growing as time progresses.  Although this is a newer technology, it is growing by leaps and bounds. IWBs and their technologies are expected to reach sales of $1 billion worldwide by 2008 ( Davis, 2007).  As this technology grows, it is interesting to think about what the future holds and how our children will be receiving information in the decades to come. Currently, there's little research of the effects of using IWB's in early childhood development but positive aspects of IWB's have been observed (Terreni, 2010). The technology is useful for both old and young learners. 





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Cambridge University Press ELT. (2009, May 02). How to use an Interactive Whiteboard [Video File]. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lLxVjw1yvRk


Davis, Michelle. R.  Education Week, v01 fall iss p24-25 2007. 2pp. Retrieved from http://www.edweek.org/dd/articles/2007/09/12/02board.h01.html


Northcote, Maria; Mildenhall, Paula; Marshall, Linda. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, v26 n4 spec iss p494-510 2010. 17 pp. [Link]


Terreni, L. (2010). Adding new possibilities for visual art education in early childhood settings: The potential of interactive whiteboards and ICT. Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 35(4), 90-94. Retrieved from EBSCOhost.






Comments (3)

msmart said

at 11:32 am on Apr 28, 2011

msmart said

at 11:35 am on Apr 28, 2011

Isaim: You do awesome work. I am thinking about doing my research paper on WhiteBoards. Your Wiki will help me. Additionally, as a classroom teacher, I do not know how to use one. The information I gather will help me a great deal. Thanks!

Isaim B said

at 10:45 pm on Apr 28, 2011

Thanks Maria! I'm a fan of your work as well. SMART boards open up so many opportunities when used correctly in the classroom. If you get a chance to play with one for an hour or two you can learn so much.

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