Learning and Teaching with Interactive Whiteboards: Primary and Early Years


David Barber, Linda Cooper & Graham Meeson

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    The Authors

    David Barber is currently the e-learning Co-ordinator and teaching fellow at Bishop Grosseteste University College and provides advice and training for college staff and students on the use of learning technologies. Active in a number of regional and national groups, David is interested in the promotion of ICT for teaching and research in all educational sectors.

    Linda Cooper is a Senior Lecturer on the BA Honours degree programme in Primary education at Bishop Grosseteste University College in Lincoln; she is responsible for delivering the ICT content course. Linda has been a primary school teacher and an ICT co-ordinator. She studied for an MSc in Information Systems and specialised in educational technology focussing on how the use of ICT can enhance teaching and learning in a classroom environment. She has become increasingly interested in interactive whiteboards and their benefits.

    Graham Meeson is a Senior Lecturer in Education Studies at Bishop Grosseteste University College, Lincoln and a former Deputy Head Teacher. He has worked on a variety of courses including ITT and Foundation degree programmes focussing on the area of ICT. In the past Graham has acted in a consultancy capacity for his local LEA. He is currently a school governor and has been fascinated by the introduction of interactive whiteboards witnessed in this role and while visiting students in schools.



    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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