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Making the most of your interactive whiteboard

The EuSCRIBE Project (European Schools and Classroom Research of Interactive White Boards in Education) was commissioned by thirteen Ministries of Education in the European Schoolnet Interactive Whiteboard working group to develop guidelines for the use of interactive whiteboards in education.

The project began with a survey of interactive whiteboard users from across Europe. This enabled the project team to establish some key themes which required further research. The team then undertook link research visits with four countries including Ireland, Italy, Portugal and the UK. The visits involved lesson observations, interviews with teachers, ICT co-ordinators and school leaders to consider the use of interactive whiteboard (IWB) technology. The project director also met with several commercial suppliers to consider the emerging themes.

The report details commonly used interactive whiteboard tools, techniques and applications which should form part of the technical induction for all IWB users. The observation proforma included in the report allows practitioners to consider areas for development and key skills that they may need to address. The full report is available for download from the European Schoolnet website.

This publication contains the main guidelines under seven key themes for implementing and embedding the use of IWB technology:

  1. Leadership and Organisation helps school leaders consider how IWB technology can be implemented.
  2. Purchase, Installation and Maintenance identifies some of the key questions, before, during and after purchase of the IWB.
  3. Access helps leaders and practitioners consider where the IWB should be situated in each classroom.
  4. Classroom Management helps practitioners to consider how to integrate the IWB along with other classroom resources.
  5. Training and Continuing Professional Development helps you realize that everyone needs different training to use the IWB and provides ideas to plan for training and continuing professional development for different needs.  
  6. Learning and Teaching helps you to think about the types of activities for which you use the IWB.
  7. Resources helps you to consider the types of resources you might need and the ongoing processes you should ensure to make it much easier to share lesson materials.

Each of these is considered in turn, allowing the user to access the evidence from the research and understand how to move forward with use of the technology. The guidelines are not just for new IWB users, but provide an opportunity for everyone to consider how to ensure effective use and application of this technology.