Introduction
 

The context

Confucius is reputed to have said “I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.” This is the ethos behind the interactive whiteboard, a teaching tool that is gaining popularity in the primary and post-primary classrooms of Ireland. It draws upon a visual, auditory and kinaesthetic teaching approach.

Interactive Whiteboards (IWBs) are beginning to appear more and more in Irish schools. These boards work in conjunction with your PC (or laptop) and Data Projector along with a good sound system. There are many brands and suppliers throughout the country.

Interactive whiteboards are in fact creating quite a stir in classrooms across the country. Pupils talk about enjoying lessons more and finding them more interesting. Teachers revel in the increased range of materials available and celebrate the tangible improvements in pupils’ behaviour. The introduction of interactive whiteboards raises a number of issues: how can whiteboards be used to greatest effect? How do they enhance learning? And what do schools need to consider when planning for the integration of boards into classroom practice? Throughout this course we will discuss these questions.

The content of this course is specifically aimed at teachers in primary schools, and includes practical classroom examples and case studies.