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It's a vision thing: Interactive Whiteboards and visual learning

ACTIVboard Case Studies

John Cuthell

Year of posting: 2005



During the past two years Interactive Whiteboards have been installed in an increasing number of classrooms in the United Kingdom. Most teachers have embraced the technology: they see it as something that supports and extends their teaching capability (Smith, 1999; Levy, 2002). The affordances of interactive whiteboard technology, however, do more than reinforce traditional classroom praxis: they provide ways to make learning an interactive process; they create possibilities for teachers to transform their role (Glover & Miller, 2001). As yet, however, research evidence on the impact of IWBs on pedagogy is limited.

The author has worked with teachers, teacher educators and curriculum designers during the past two years on research projects to assess the changes that have taken place in teaching and learning (Cuthell, 2002). This paper describes action research projects based in five areas of England, from the South East to the North East. The projects assessed the effect of Promethean ACTIVboards on the ways in which students have learned, and the impact on pedagogical skills. Evidence from these studies is evaluated in the context of a year-long national survey of school implementation of IWB technology and teacher attitudes.

The technology has the potential to make student learning a faster and more effective process, and to restore to teachers a sense of creative autonomy. The findings have implications for school-based in-service education, as well as for teacher educators (Cogill, 2003).

Case studies cover Early Years education through to post-16 students (K-12). Curriculum areas include teaching reading through Phonics, Mathematics, ICT and Music. Such aspects as visualisation, the impact on disaffected students, underachieving boys and the transformation of departmental and institutional practice are also covered.

The author has managed Action research projects in seven schools across the United Kingdom during this project and collaborated with educators in a number of university seminars.


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