Pros and Cons

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.

Positives Negatives
•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.

  • They are expensive and also have high maintenance costs, compared to other technologies that offer the same functions.



4 thoughts on “Pros and Cons

  1. […] contain information in regards to Interactive white boards. After reading these please view the pro’s and con’s page  and respond via the […]

  2. There definately are more benefits for the use of IWBs within the classroom than negatives.
    * Saying that the projection board can be obscured by other students – whiteboards/chalkboards can also have the same obscurity problems, this is where the seating of the classroom needs to be assessed and discussion with students making sure they can all visually see the board clearly.
    * Teachers aren’t confident in using IWBs – Present educators need to be trained properly to ensure that the full potential of the IWBs are used within the classroom. A lot of teachers aren’t interested in learning new technologies and cant see the benefits of having to learn them to introduce into their classroom. If pre-service teachers had the knowledge and enthusiasm, they would be able to show their mentors the technology that is developing and how engaging they are for the students.
    * Saying height is a problem – There are pointers available for students and teachers of smaller heights to use.
    * Technology down – I experienced this within one of my Pracs, it totally threw the whole day out. The mentor was completely reliant on IWB use withinn the class, so a quick re-assess and the day still went ahead as scheduled, with minor adjustments and a quick visit to the printer room….
    Another positive for the IWBs – it takes away the unneccesary need for photocopying.

    • achsict says:

      Hey Stacie,
      Thank you for reading our pro’s and con’s and suggesting ways to effectively overcome these negative problems in regards to IWBs. Not having to worry about photo copying is another great point- Good thinking!
      Another positive is being able to highlight parts of a document and refer back to it later, whereas on a whiteboard or chalkboard once its gone its gone forever.

      What about the issue of only one student being able to use an IWB at one time? This can be rather time consuming in an activity where everyone needs to have a turn. I had this problem in a maths lesson on one of my pracs, where students would get impatient waiting for their turn and in the end they would ruin the activity for the other students by talking or being distracting. With such an engaging and interactive tool students are excited to use it, but only one student can participate at one time. What are some strategies we could take to overcome this?

      Kind Regards,

  3. Haylee King says:

    Hi Stacie,

    You made some really great points here on our pros and cons page, and it seems clear that majority of the time the pros outweigh the cons! I agree that it depends on how technologically advanced the teahers are at using IWBs, but it really should be the schools responsibility that teachers are given the correct resources and guidence as to how to use them to the best of their abilities.

    I too had a few issues when I used the IWB in my prac classroom; we were using a program called “Murder Under the Microscope”, which was an amazing program developed for SOSE from grades 5-7, and involved the students interacting almost everyday with the program to find the answer and solve a complex environmental problem. The only issue I had was spreading the “Interactive” part across the classroom and making sure all students were feeling part of the class. I guess there will always be problems with any teaching resource used, and this is simply one of them.

    I’m not sure if you have taken the class already, but in the first Numeracy subject at USQ (as well as Science actually), we used the IWBs in our tutorials to play games and quizzes. Each student was given an individual remote and was able to engage with the course content being addressed. This was a new and fantastic way to enhance student learning, and has really stuck with me since! I would love to be able to use this in the classroom. Your thoughts on the downsides of this kind of technology?

    I often wonder how we start integrating IWBs into very low social economic areas and schools, as well as rural and remote locations whose students are unfamilar with this kind of technology. Would the focus be taken away from the learning because the students would purely be focussed on the ‘new and exciting’ thing in the classroom? Let me know what you think?

    Thanks again,

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