The most important question to ask when looking to purchase an interactive whiteboard (iwb) is how the teacher is going to use it. Direct substitution is the lowest level of tech integration and is the least effective at improving student engagement and learning. Teacher training can remedy having iwb's used for only lecturing or for mainly teacher-centered use. The focus should be on the student interactivity combined with teacher-led structure.
Public schools now provide at least one computer for every five
students. They spend more than $3 billion per year on digital content.
And nearly three-fourths of high school students now say they regularly
use a smartphone or tablet in the classroom.
But a mountain of evidence indicates that teachers have been
painfully slow to transform the ways they teach, despite that massive
influx of new technology into their classrooms. The student-centered,
hands-on, personalized instruction envisioned by ed-tech proponents
remains the exception to the rule.
"The introduction of computers into schools was supposed to
improve academic achievement and alter how teachers taught," said
Stanford University education professor Larry Cuban. "Neither has
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Say what you like about technology use in the classroom, the biggest
difference for me is that it changes the way I teach, and the way my
That may seem easier for me to say, since I’m a mostly-live online
teacher. But I’ve joyfully discovered that there are plenty of benefits
that affect educators in face to face or asynchronous education as well.
The division head who showed me around the school waved it all off
with a smile. “Yes, they always look like this.” How can students keep
track of their belongings and assignments when this is what their
lockers look like? Are students taught organizational skills or given
time to organize and leaf through old material?
A huge benefit of using a Learning Management System (LMS) is never
receiving the excuse: “I lost my classwork/homework.” It’s true that
students find other excuses – “I didn’t see that question posted” and “I didn’t understand what to do” are popular. However, most of my students get the hang of and appreciate the benefits of using an LMS.