For What Do You Need an Interactive Whiteboard For?

If you use an interactive whiteboard & learning management system (what is it in the first place?) for example sending out questions or assignments to students, who for example have hand helds or their own mobile devices, what does it change? In the core, how is the learning process significantly different?

If you have a class polling system, what new does that bring? Instead of negotiating meaning of some topic, instructor introduces a question (stimulus) and see who has the right answer (response). What does this imply? How does it change anything when you compare this to the regular “raise your hand if you think this is the right answer”?

In conclusion: The instructor is in front, in control, deciding what is meaningful to learn (actually to teach) and what in itself, is important at that time.

Once again the process, from which learning actually consists of, is destroyed meaningless. The learning is still understood as the chunk of content which the instructor delivers to the receivers (learners). Only now, coated too often with lousy user interfaces, bad usability (which creates frustration) and more importantly, wrong pedagogy.


One thought on “For What Do You Need an Interactive Whiteboard For?

  1. Marko – tis a pity we did not see you in the week one discussion, I know you would have enjoyed some the fine debate there.

    I do not disagree with what you are saying at its core. We have talked at length and we know each others opinions. I am unimpressed by smart boards and alike in terms of being tools for a revolution. They are not.

    Which leads me to some thoughts I was having during my reading of the week one discussion threat. I am starting to think that technology tools might me classified under two groups, not mutually exclusive groups, there would be some overlap – depending, with some technologies, on how they are used. In short, because I want to blog about this in more detail – there are new technologies which reinforce the old paradigm of knowledge transfer – things like Wimba, Clickers and even screencasting can become just tools for knowledge transfer with smoke and lasers. (and yes I use all of these tools myself because I work in a context where knowledge transfer is a big part of the game).

    Then there are the transformative technologies – those that actually require a new way of thinking about learning and education. That require a mind shift and all the pain and discomfort that involves. I think social media is a part of that. Some of the tools above may be if used in the right way.

    Don’t forget the importance of engagement as well. I watched a class teacher in Keona’s school doing some cool stuff with Google earth and a smart board, where the kids were going up and using the board to point out countries and features etc. So – in some cases it is not so much the technology but the imagination and creativity of the teacher – which brings us back to Alf and Dangerous Idea (do we need dangerous education?)

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