The long and damaging shadow of Interactive Whiteboards


This is a very long post, but I think well worth reading, particularly if you, like me, have been frustrated by widespread implementation of hardware technologies in classrooms without any real idea of how to make those implementations successful for teachers and kids.

Distant Ramblings on the Horizon

It’s a good job everybody had already made their bonfire night plans cos after yesterday I suspect that many schools would have come back after half-term to find smouldering piles of Interactive Whiteboards littering their playgrounds. Certainly wasn’t a lot of love around for the old IWB yesterday on Twitter.

The starting point for the discussion was this article which looked at the £253k being spent by the EEF on a tablet project. On the face (see details on EEF site here) of it the project appears to be a proper research effort rather than a way of buying more iPads. Personally, I think that this is a step in the right direction. There is at least some sense in coming up with a proposition and testing it. Time will tell if the research design is up to the task.

Consider how most organisations decide whether to change…

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About karen mahon

i am a behavior and learning scientist. i hold an ed.d. in educational psychology and am trained as an instructional designer. i have spent more than 15 years working in education and instructional software design.
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