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Setting the Scene

Dr. Robert J. Marzano talks about the integration of technology into the classroom and teaching and his research that has been conducted on Interactive White Boards.

December 15, 2009
Marzano Research Laboratory

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Interactive Whiteboards and Student Achievement by Karen Swan

The objective of this study was to explore the effects of teachers’ use of interactive whiteboards on student performance in mathematics and reading/language arts.

[The difference in] teachers whose students scored above the mean on state assessments and teachers whose students scored at or below the mean, seemed to be between student-centered and teacher-centered uses of the whiteboards………. teachers whose students scored above the reading/language arts mean were more likely to use whiteboards to support student presentations…….. In contrast, teachers whose students scored at or below the mean were more likely to use interactive whiteboards in their own presentations……. Teachers of high-achieving students also tended to use the whiteboards to support visualization of concepts with activities such as concept mapping, brainstorming, and interactive editing.

When differences in the ways in which the teachers used whiteboards were compared between teachers of high-achieving students and teachers whose students scored at or below district means, several important differences surfaced. First, the teachers of high-achieving students used their whiteboards almost everyday, whereas the teachers of average or low-performing students used them an average of three times per week. Second, a qualitative difference between usage patterns among the two groups of teachers emerged.Teachers of high-achieving students used their whiteboards in more student-centered ways than did the teachers of students who scored at or below the means. In addition, teachers of high-achieving students reported usage that tended toward employing whiteboards to support the visualization of concepts and creativity, whereas teachers of students who scored at or below district means tended to use them mainly for presentation and motivation.

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Rapid Change: Presentation

Andrew Dobbyn from EdSoft spoke with us about the rapid technological changes taking place and how schools need to adapt quickly and change they way we deliver lessons to students. His presentation included ways of changing the focus of IWB use to involve students in higher order thinking and problem solving.

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You can view Andrew's Prezi here.

Watch out for this video on Traditional's well worth watching!!
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Augmented Reality

Andrew also showed us some new products that exploit new Augmented Reality technologies. See products here.

CommonCraft explains Augmented Reality in Plain English on this video. Click here.......worth watching :)

Web Sites to Watch - ABC Splash

ABC Splash, the ABC's new web site for students and teachers is a great collection of their quality multimedia, linked to the Australian Curriculum and organised with guiding questions, information and teacher notes.
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