I have an Interactive Whiteboard.
I rarely if ever use it.
Unlike most people who never use these things I do actually know how to use it.
I just don’t know why I would.
I use the data projector and screen, along with a wireless mouse and keyboard to allow me remote access.
If I want to write I use the regular whiteboard nearby.
I never want to save anything I write on the board; they are usually clarifications to notes which students have a copy of, or maths questions, or diagrams which I can interact with using my board markers.
I feel a little bad about this because I initally went with the hype which declared that this would change my whole way of teaching, and so I applied for funding from the school and was the first in the school to get one. Since then we probably have ten or more in the school.
I actually had the IWB program open during this lesson, but I don’t see what advantage it provided.
What am I missing?
I can see why getting young ‘uns up to the board at Primary school level might be a novelty, but it doesn’t seem to hold the same appeal at secondary level, and anyway without an IWB students could still come up and use the wireless mouse.
I was reminded of this because Simon Lewis has written a fascinating article on inexpensive IWBs here. There can be little justification for forking out six grand when you can get basically the same service for one and a half.
But why do I need one at all?
I’m not for one second suggesting that these are a scam; hopefully someone will indeed tell me what I am missing!