Learning and Teaching with Interactive Whiteboards: Primary and Early Years
Interactive Whiteboards (IWBs) are becoming increasingly common in schools and early years settings, and it is important for trainees to be equipped with the necessary skills and understanding to use them effectively to enhance learning. This book takes a thematic approach, examining all the key issues required to get the most out of this versatile learning technology. All chapters contain case studies from a range of subject areas and across the key stages, ensuring the text is rooted in the reality of the primary classroom and its curriculum.
- Front Matter
- Back Matter
- Subject Index
- Chapter 1: Technical Introduction
- Chapter 2: Getting Started
- Chapter 3: Software
- Chapter 4: The Interactive Whiteboard in School and in the Classroom
- Chapter 5: Theoretical Underpinnings and Pedagogical Themes
- Chapter 6: Finding, Evaluating and Using Resources
- Chapter 7: Software, Tools and Applications
- Chapter 8: The Online Dimension
- Chapter 9: Complementary Technologies
First published 2007 by Learning Matters Ltd
Reprinted in 2008, 2011
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© 2007 David Barber, Linda Cooper, Graham Meeson
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Thanks are due to the manufacturers of Promethean ACTIVboard™ and the SMART Board™ products for the permission to reproduce Screenshots of their software that they have extended to us.
We would like to thank the following colleagues and students on the BA Primary Education (QTS) course at Bishop Grossesteste University College for their enthusiasm and contribution to this publication. These include our colleague Ashley Compton, for the diagram on page 71 and information on the use of Excel, and also students Karen Broadbent, Louise Crowther, Kylee Morrell and Glen Durkin.
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This book is intended for trainee and newly qualified teachers. It explores issues surrounding the installation, operation and application of interactive whiteboards in the primary and early years classroom. Throughout this book the technology will be referred to by the abbreviation IWB. This is a common abbreviation, although you may encounter the alternative, IAW, in other contexts.
The authors of this book are all involved in teacher training and hope that you will find considerable food for thought in the following chapters. We have tried to make the book as practical as possible and it contains numerous classroom stories detailing real-life experiences of teachers and trainees. You will not find many ready-made resources, but there are references to numerous sources where these can be obtained. The main priority has been to equip you with the essential skills required to use an IWB confidently and for the effective creation and evaluation of engaging teaching materials.
Readers will find that two main IWB products are given particular attention. These are the Promethean ACTIVboard™ and the SMART Board™ products. Sections that are of particular relevance to specific models are signalled in the text. However, it is recommended that you read the whole book as discussions of specific products can raise issues of general relevance. Also, to prevent unnecessary repetition, features that are offered by both IWBs may be described more completely for one product than in the description of another. In addition, you should not confine yourself to an understanding of a single product, as you will inevitably be called upon to use both, or others, at some point in your teaching.
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