Interactive Whiteboard in Teacher Education

After a year off from doing any teaching, this September I’ll be working as a program assistant for the elementary teacher education seminar and School and Society courses in the Midtown option in the OISE’s one-year initial teacher education program.

I’m pretty excited to be working with Cathi and John, coordinators of the Midtown option. They’ve participated in the faculty development workshops that Clare and Hedieh have been offering as part of the larger Technology Infusion initiative, and are keen to integrate technology into their teaching.

A part of my role is to aid them in incorporating technologies that they’ve been introduced to in these workshops (e.g interactive whiteboards, podcasts, concept-mapping software) into their teaching of preservice candidates in math and science (Cathi) and social studies (John) at the junior and intermediate levels (grades 4-8).

Another part of my role is to help the student teachers to design action research studies that they are to conduct over three weeks during their practicum, but I’ll write more on that later.

For now, I just wanted to add an interactive whiteboard (IWB) reference to the nice list of references on interactive whiteboards that Hedieh complied on her blog:

Smith, H.J., Higgins, S., Wall, K. & Miller, J. (2005). Interactive whiteboards: boon or bandwagon? A critical review of the literature. Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, 21, 91-101.

I tend to start with these kinds of review articles so that I get a quick overview of what is known and not known from prior research. So the next article I will read on IWBs is from Hedieh’s list:

Glover, D. & Miller, D., Averis, D., & Door, V. (2005). The interactive whiteboard: A literature survey. Technology, Pedagogy, and Education, 14(2), 155-170.


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