I still don’t get the point of IWB’s. I’m open to being persuaded since I have one in my classroom. The things I use it for could just as easily be done with a data projector though.
It seems like a tool which promotes the sort of teaching where kids face the front and focus on the teacher. It doesn’t seem to encourage interaction, collaboration, creativity or thinking. I’ve been told that it doesn’t need to be teacher centered. I’ve been told that having kids come up to the board individually or to work in a group is engaging. But what’s the rest of the class doing meanwhile? It would surely be less costly and even more engaging to give the kids iPads or laptops and have them interacting in groups.
Maybe it’s because I haven’t had any IWB training. Maybe it’s because I haven’t tried hard enough. Or maybe it’s because they don’t quite fit with what I believe about learning…
I believe that learning takes place through inquiry: questioning, exploring, experimenting and problem solving. I believe that learning for understanding includes acquiring skills and knowledge, constructing meaning and transfer to other contexts. I believe that learning is active and social and best takes place through collaboration and interaction. I believe that learning includes meta-cognition and reflection, and requires learners to take ownership of their learning.
Could that be why I haven’t seen value in IWB’s?
If you really feel they add something to learning, please convince me!