Interactive Whiteboard Survey

There was a news item this morning on Radio 4 quoting a survey which had found that IWBs have made no difference to school results in England and Wales. Unfortunately I cannot find any further reference to this survey. Although this appears to be the source, the London Institute of Education

However I am not all that surprised. I am not certain if teacher training, the curriculum, the pedagogy and particularly the exam boards have yet caught up with the technology available. Anybody who thinks that putting an IWB into classroom will on its own improve performance probably also believes in Father Christmas. (Perhaps it is more PC to say Person Christmas!)

I have already written about this in my own post so I will not repeat it again. Suffice to say that IWBs, Glow here in Scotland, blogs, wikis, etc. do give teachers lots of tools but only if we make the fundamental shift to allowing pupils to actively learn. It is also worth reading thepost and comments on Andrew Brown’s blog.


10 thoughts on “Interactive Whiteboard Survey

  1. Thanks for the link Bob – I am convinced that this has been the best marketing scam ever by technology firms getting their hold in education. I frequently talk with teachers and head teacher who tell me they want an IWB – as always, I ask why – ‘Everyone else is getting them’ is pretty much the usual reply. If you knowledge of how you can use ICT or your teaching style isn’t interactive already, then purchasing an IWB largely equates to the way schools presently flush half their budgets down the proverbial toilet on photocopying.

  2. Andy

    I do wish you wouldn’t be so indecisive and fence sitting!!!

    When I am training on whiteboards the first thing I say is that it is not interactive until the pupils use it, otherwise it is just a high tech blackboard (that’s my age speaking!)

    I think that if we take all of the new technologies including IWBs, used properly, they will greatly assist us to change the way we traditionally teach.

    I have recently come to realise that I have two grandsons who have both been failed by our system, because the only abiding lesson they got from secondary school was that they were failures. The third grandson went with the system and has just graduated from university. I am now occupied in trying to overcome the sense of failure in the other two in the hopes that I can persuade them to go get an education or training that suits them. They see the sense of my arguments but deep down they are refusing to subject themselves to further failures. And yet both of them actually got reasonable standard grades and the odd higher.

    If pupils who do achieve some success basically see themselves as failures, what hope is there for those who really don’t succeed. What I see is a learning and teaching model which fails to do anything longlasting for most of its customers.

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  4. Pedagogy and curriculum are the main problems and not the interactive whiteboards. Streamline the Pedagogy, come up with better curriculum and the problem is solved.

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