Interactive Whiteboards In Schools – The Current Situation.



Lets Change this.

There has been very many articles written, and research studies done to evaluate the effectiveness of Interactive Whiteboards in classrooms.

Many articles, like this landmark article from the Washington Post last year, raise the point that the Interactive Whiteboard on its own does nothing to improve learning outcomes for students.

This article famously quotes Larry Cuban, education professor emeritus at Stanford University:

“There is hardly any research that will show clearly that any of these machines will improve academic achievement”

I want to change this. At least in one place…. the music classroom.

We don’t have influence to change the IWB’s effectiveness in Maths, Science or English, but I feel that we can do it with music. If we can come up with lessons that focus on the learning outcomes for the student, and just use the whiteboard as it should be… a tool for learning.

With our new product, whiteboard music lessons I feel that we have done that. It will take time and research, but in time we’ll get some feedback on whether we are making a difference in improving the effectiveness of the IWB in the music classroom.

I really feel that the problem with IWB’s in classrooms is that there is not enough good quality prepared materials available for them. Ready to use materials that really have everything that should be in the lesson for the lessons sake… not as a gimmick or because it ‘can be done’ using the whiteboard.

Now I’ve read a lot of research studies and articles on Interactive whiteboard, and one quote that sticks out to me, and i’ve seen it quoted in many articles is this:

“The usefulness of the IWB is a function of quality of the materials used on it”

(Quashie, 2009)

It doesn’t matter if the materials are made by the teacher, or if they are commercially available. The fact is that it is the quality of materials that are used that is the most important factor.

Now I’ve met some amazing teachers, but not one of them has the time or the resources needed to create truly outstanding resources for teaching. It simply takes too long.

To create our interactive whiteboard resources our team has spent collectively hundreds of hours work, plus we’ve spent thousands of dollars on programming, graphic design, songwriters, recording singers, and audio editing in the studio.

How many teachers have that kind of time or money? No-one that I know.

it makes our price of $99 for a lifetime license seem ridiculously cheap!

So click here to check out module one of Whiteboard Music Lessons.

 

 

 

Dueubel, Patricia (2010). Interactive Whiteboards: The Truths and Consequences http://thejournal.com/Articles/2010/08/04/Interactive-whiteboards-Truths-and-Consequences.aspx

Quashie, V. (2009). How interactive is the interactive whiteboard? Mathematics Teaching, 214, 33-38.

2 Comments

  • By Glenn Clarke Reply

    It would be great if we could incorporate MIDI instruments so they come up on the whiteboard for teachers like me to demonstrate to the children what to do.

    I use this from elementary to advanced teaching! thanks for the interesting blog post.

    • By janice Reply

      Thanks for this feedback Glenn- We’re constantly looking to add more playable instruments into our whiteboard products and are looking for ways to use MIDI on the various whiteboard platforms.

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