This week’s blog is about promoting intellectual quality with an interactive whiteboard. Personally I feel that interactive whiteboards are a fantastic way of engaging students in their learning and by making their learning interesting and fun. Classrooms are no longer about reading straight from text books and using pen to paper. The pen to paper technology of today is the interactive whiteboard, which can be used for every subject in any curriculum. The interactive whiteboard integrates learning content with games, fun and even physical movement. I believe they are an amazing piece of technology that has a lot of potential to be developed into the future. Interactive whiteboards are changing the face of education and challenge the traditional classroom methods.
The interactive whiteboard is a tool that can be used to promote intellectual quality within the classroom. It can enhance the structure of a lesson and encourage engagement from students which will benefit their learning. The interactive whiteboard can help teachers probe student knowledge which allows students to take their learning in personally relevant directions. High intellectual quality within the classroom is achieved through diversity in integrated enquiry along with instruction and content used.
The interactive whiteboard gives students the opportunity to directly interact with the learning content, and the more they are able to do this, the higher the intellectual quality of learning. Interactive whiteboards can be a medium for learning and can cater for a variety of learning styles. The traditional classroom included the use of concrete materials and the use of voice. This did not cater for children who were visual learners. The interactive whiteboard on the other hand can be tailored to suit the needs of the class.
Two of the most important aspects of interactive whiteboard lessons must include the characteristics of ambiguity and randomness in order to promote high intellectual quality. Ambiguity promotes student discussion, and randomness encourages students to focus on the whole problem. A higher level of both will equate to higher levels of intellectual quality. The interactive whiteboard must be used to promote follow-up discussion and debates, and must allow teachers the opportunity to ask open-ended questions to probe student understanding. Ultimately, the interactive whiteboard is an incredible piece of technology that is changing education for the better.
Kent, P. (2008). Interactive Whiteboards: A Practical Guide for Primary Teachers. Macmillan Education, Australia. Pp. 19-42.
Using the interactive whiteboard as a tool for learning