Thursday, August 5, 2010

Use of Interactive Whiteboards to support literacy

Do Interactive Whiteboards Improve the Motivation and Attitudes of Reluctant Readers?
The aim of this action research project was to investigate whether guided reading sessions could be enhanced through the use of an interactive whiteboard.

Interactive Whiteboards, Productive Pedagogies and Literacy Teaching in a Primary Context.
The classroom use of Interactive Whiteboards (IWBs) at Richardson Primary School (ACT) has
produced improvements in students’ Literacy. These improved outcomes have been evidenced
both with anecdotal observations of parents and teachers, as well as in formal standardised
testing results.

Our Ebscohost databases also have a range of good articles on Interactive Whiteboards and literacy. Staff have access to Ebscohost databases via our Staffnet intranet. For any help with accessing the following articles contact Learning Exchange.

Ebscohost articles (see above for) access details
The visual helps me understand the complicated things’: pupil views of teaching and learning with interactive whiteboards.
Wall, Kate,Higgins, Steve,Smith, Heather
British Journal of Educational Technology, 2005
This study is one element of a government-sponsored evaluation into the introduction of interactive whiteboards (IWBs) to Years 5 and 6 in English primary schools. This element of the research aimed to gather information regarding pupil views of IWBs and the impact these tools can have on teaching and learning. To extend current literature, the method targeted pupils’ views of how IWBs can impact on metacognition: thinking about learning.

Teaching for scientific literacy with an interactive whiteboard.
Murcia, Karen
Teaching Science - the Journal of the Australian Science Teachers Association 2008
Developing scientific literacy drove the teaching and learning experiences provided to pre-service primary education teachers. Interactive whiteboard (IWB) pedagogy was used to engage and motivate these students' to explore science's role in making sense of our world and to understand key scientific concepts. Active science learning connected to social contexts was facilitated in workshops by the use of the technology. Using the IWB as a convergence tool facilitated the development of creative teaching resources that linked internet sites and on-line activities with hands on science investigations. It enabled fluid access to real life science contexts and supported a range of learning styles.

The use of the interactive whiteboard for creative teaching and learning in literacy and mathematics: a case study.
Wood, Ruth,Ashfield, Jean
British Journal of Educational Technology 2008
This paper considers the ways in which the interactive whiteboard may support and enhance pedagogic practice through whole-class teaching within literacy and numeracy. Data collected from observations of whole-class lessons, alongside individual interviews and focus group discussions with class teachers and Initial Teacher Education students, has provided opportunities to consider the potential of such technology to facilitate a more creative approach to whole-class teaching. The data suggests that, in the first instance, the special features of information and communications technology such as interactivity, ‘provisionality,’ speed, capacity and range enhance the delivery and pace of the session.

Books available from Learning Exchange

The Interactive Whiteboard Revolution: teaching with IWBs, Chris Betcher and Mal Lee, Acer Press, 2009.

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