These are the positives and negatives we have gathered in regards to the use of Interactive White Boards. These are to inform you of the different perspectives in regards to how IWB’s can be used in a classroom setting. Please respond via the forum with your idea’s and opinions on whether you think they hinder or benefit student learning.
|•Interactive whiteboards can assist technophobic teachers to use this medium with ease for presentations from the front of the room.
•They allow teachers to create easily and rapidly customised learning objects from a range existing content and adapt it to the needs of the classroom in real time.
•The interactive whiteboard makes it easy for pre-service teachers to enhance presentation content by easily integrating a wide range of material into a lesson, for instance, a picture from the internet, a graph from a spread sheet or text from a Microsoft Word document.
•They rapidly demonstrate the potential for alternative modes of delivery and are great for demonstrations.
•The board can also accommodate different learning styles. The board can accommodate different learning styles. Tactile learners can benefit from touching and marking at the board, audio learners can have the class discussion; visual learners can see what is taking place as it develops at the board.
•IWBS support students with disabilities who benefit from large screen size.
•They are highly engaging, very hands on and interactive. They area colourful tool which students respond well to. Can be customised both in the pen and highlighter features to display a number of different colours. These features can be significant in behaviour management.
|•Their surface can become damaged, necessitating expensive replacement.•Front projection boards can be obscured by one or more users.
•Teachers need the skills to use the IWBS. Teachers may not be confident with new technology and will not be able to use it to its full potential.
•Only one student can be doing an activity on the IWBs at one time. This can be time consuming.
•Need to be at the right height for the teachers and students to use (issues with set up).
•Technology can often be unreliable/may not work.