Hi there, and welcome to our blog experience. This blog focuses on the way Interactive Whiteboards can be utilised by pre-service educators in the subject area of History.
So why did we decide to take this angle for our assignment? As pre-service educators ourselves, we discovered that after a few practicums, our experience and engagement with Interactive Whiteboards was little to none. This alarmed us, as we know we will the part of a generation of teachers who need to be able to successfully engage with and teach ICTs in the classroom; and this includes Interactive Whiteboards.
This experience is interactive; we appreciate and encourage any form of opinion, experience or any ideas that can be put forward. We want to create a community where participants are given the research and resources to learn about and engage with Interactive Whiteboards, but also have the opportunity to make up their own minds about this ICT medium. This is an ‘experience’, not a ‘lecture’.
Your task as the participant: By participating in this online event, we only ask a few things of you. Firstly, to follow each step as it is illustrated to you. Secondly, when prompted, we would appreciate any opinions, experiences or comments on our topics, as well as taking the time to answer the posed questions at the end of each topic. It would be fantastic to have a growing community of ideas coming out of this blog to help demonstrate everyones’ own understanding of Interactive Whiteboards and their use in schools.
By the end of this blog experience: By the end of our blogging experience, we are hoping to provide an experience that leaves the participant feeling as if they are capable and able to undertake and understand what it is like to be a pre-service educator, and to utilise the Interactive Whiteboard systems for the subject of History. By reading and participating in our forums, participants will be given the tools to go fourth into new schools and embed their rich understanding of IWBs and their importance and place in Australian schools.
A little bit about Interactive Whiteboards:
This video is a short tutorial or example of why ‘SMART’ boards, or IWBs are fantastic to use in Primary schools. Please watch by clicking the link below.
The next video is an example of how IWBs are used in the classroom. This is just an example of a lower primary class engaging with the Interactive Whiteboard to learn new letters and sounds. Notice how engaged and fixed the students are on this media and how the teacher uses the IWB to enhance the learning experience. Please watch by clicking on the link below.
If you have any comments on these videos, please feel free to post in our forum. There should be a box below for comments or a link labelled ‘leave a comment’. If not, please move to the left hand side of the screen and click on the next tab labelled “Background Research”. Or, simply scroll down. 🙂 ENJOY!
Haylee, Sarah, Cassie and Alicia.
Consider these questions and share your thoughts:
1. How much prior experience have you had with using IWBs in the classroom environment?
2. Have these experiences been positive or negative?
3. What do you think your strengths and weaknesses are in regards to IWBs or the History strand?