One of the most amazing instructional tool that the technology bring to our educational field is Interactive whiteboard. It define as: “is a large interactive display that connects to a computer. A projector projects the computer’s desktop onto the board’s surface where users control the computer using a pen, finger, stylus, or other device” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interactive_whiteboard)
The word “interactive” for the IWB means interaction among students. Students are working together to collectively construct knowledge, explain their reasoning processes, and get feedback from the teacher and each other. Students are interacting with each other in small groups when preparing the whiteboards.
Interactive whiteboard help teachers to develop interactive material in easy way and also have a lot of benefits for students such as:
1- capture and increase student attention.
2- Engage student and motivate them to learn.
3- improve their achievement.
4- allowing the integration of media content into the lecture and supporting collaborative learning .
5- Promotes strongly coherent conceptual understanding .
6- Acquiring students higher order thinking skills.
7- Acquiring students group work skills.
8- Acquiring students Problem solving skills .
9- Convenient for students who have different learning styles:
• Tactile learners get to touch and move things around the board. They can also make notes and highlight elements.
• Visual learners benefit from a clear view of what is happening on the board.
• Audio learners can participate in a class discussion.
Most of interactive whiteboards are supplied with software that designed to provides tools and features help to maximize interaction opportunities. Example of these features :
– Give you the ability to create virtual versions of paper flipcharts.
– pen and highlighter options.
– virtual rulers, protractors, and compasses—instruments that would be used in traditional classroom teaching.
– Items can be dragged, clicked and copied by your finger or the pen.
– handwriting notes can be transformed into text and saved.
Many studies showed that using interactive whiteboards has an effect on improving student performance. for example, The BECTA (UK) commissioned a study into the impact of Interactive Whiteboards over a two-year period. This study showed a very significant learning gains, particularly with second cohorts of students, where they benefited from the teacher’s experience with the device.
It was the first time for me to use interactive whiteboard in this course. We used it (my group and me) to present our lesson which we have designed for grade two by Active Inspire software .At the beginning we learned many things about interactive whiteboard in the class, the importance of interactive whiteboard, features and how can we use it. Also, we read more about it through many internet resources. Then, we started to design a lesson for student in grade two in math. The lesson was about shapes. we used the features or the tools that related to math in Active Inspire software such as: ruler, compass and protractor. Therefore, we added some interesting songs and activities to encourage students to learn. we tried to make the lesson clear and attractive as much as possible. ( you will find the lesson in the attachment )
As an IT teachers in the future, we will use interactive whiteboard:
– In our lesson because it is really make teaching easily.
– For entertainment purpose, show students videos or make an exciting activities or competition between them in their free time.
Actually, in Oman we have an interactive whiteboard in most of schools ,but it is not really used yet. As many teachers don’t know how to use it and don’t have enough skill to deal with it .
As an IT teacher, We can activate using of interactive whiteboard in our schools by encouraging other teacher to use it in teaching, and help them to design a lesson using any kind of software that supplied with interactive whiteboards. Also, It is a good idea to conduct workshop to the teachers to acquire them the enough skills to use it.
In addition, we can create an electronic store (e-store) that include various lessons designed by any interactive software for different subjects and grade levels.so teachers can use it in teaching .
interactive lesson- math