Interactive Whiteboards for Africa – 101 Questions

| April 5, 2011 | 0 Comments

Author: Kobus van Wyk
Publisher: Kobus van Wyk/Khanya
ISBN: 978-0-620-46753-7
Reviewed by: Mike Carvalho

All over the developed and developing world, the use of interactive whiteboards in classrooms and lecture halls, and even in commerce and industry, continues to gain momentum as the preferred way to teach and share information. To support the use of whiteboard technology there are now, internationally, literally thousands of companies producing educational software for a vast range of different age groups and subject areas.

Research proving the potential of interactive whiteboards

A growing body of research into teaching methods consistently demonstrates that when interactive whiteboards and dedicated software are used to their full
potential, improved educational performance results. This has been observed to be particularly the case where slower learners or mentally challenged children
are taught using whiteboard technology. In many countries, the use of interactive whiteboards in schools has enabled the size of classes to be increased without
the quality of teaching or learner performance being compromised.

A new book offers valuable advice

While the use of interactive whiteboards in South African schools is growing rapidly, there has been a shortage of advice and training for teachers on how to make the most effective use of this technology in their classrooms. In the Western Cape, the Khanya Project, led by Kobus van Wyk, has succeeded in installing over 2 000 boards in Western Cape schools and has supported this initiative with comprehensive training for teachers in using them. Van Wyk identified the need for a book, pitched at a basic level, which would assist all purchasers and users of whiteboards to make informed decisions about buying a classroom whiteboard, and gives advice on selecting the correct supporting software and getting the best possible results from using it.

The book is written in a simple question-and-answer format and divided into five sections of 20 questions each: 1. How does an interactive whiteboard work?; 2. How can an interactive whiteboard benefit me?; 3. How much will an interactive whiteboard cost me?; 4. How can I learn to use an interactive whiteboard? And 5. Getting the most out of my interactive whiteboard. Although written at a basic level, this is a book that should be consulted by any teacher, Principal or Financial Officer involved in the process of bringing whiteboard technology into their school. Educational technology is a major investment for schools: it is important to make the right decision.

Copies of this book can be obtained from ISASA Publications at a price of R125 including VAT, plus R30 for post and packing. For more information, contact Janet Hood
on E-mail: janeth@ind-ed.co.za or Tel: +27 (11) 787 8274

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