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.

Technical Introduction

Technical introduction

By the end of this chapter you should:

  • have a clear picture of how IWBs, computers and data projectors work together;
  • understand how these devices are connected to one another;
  • be aware of potential pitfalls and know how to respond to common problems;
  • be able to supervise the effective installation of these devices in a classroom;
  • understand the set-up process for both SMART™ and ACTIV boards™.

Professional Standards for QTS

This chapter addresses the following Professional Standards for QTS:

Q8, Q30

Introduction

Potential users often look at an interactive whiteboard as if it were a technical challenge, when it is more accurate to say that the technical hurdle is really just a preliminary to something far more important. The real challenge is the conception and delivery of useful and engaging teaching resources, ...

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