Posts Tagged ‘Interactive whiteboards’

Are School Budgets Decimated By Needless Fancy Software

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

Teaching resources are being drained by expensive corporate software says Tristan  Ashman. The  question is do we need it all? The level of sophistication  far exceeds the real needs of the educational classroom. If we are brutally honest do we really need it; have we become overcome by hype? If we stuck to blackboards just think of the hours saved from sorting computer crashes, lost broadband, stolen laptops and the other the host of technological nightmares that beset the learning programme. And how often do we used the interactive whiteboards to their full design capacity. If we used chalk there’s absolutely no need to queue all night  for that essential iPad. Suddenly we get to realise that our lives can actually continue  and our teaching skills can be better used.

Please note theses sanguine comments are not at all influenced by the fact the writer has just inherited a 3rd generation iPod which refuses to load new tunes. Not that he begrudges the astonishing  gift from his now upgraded son, but heavy metal rock is not the ideal listening content for theses delicate ears. And he dreads to think how long he spent trying to remove and replace the software and myriad of on-line advice. Oh for radio and FM at that – don’t get him going on DAB unless it is a brand of  beer.

Read the article by Tristan Ashman

3D Set To Upgrade Interactive Whiteboard Teaching Resources

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

Although a huge number of schools installed interactive whiteboards as the focal teaching resource in the classroom, many are used as a conventional white version of the blackboard with all the electronics turned off. But 3D is about to upgrade the potential.

Sunlight, shadows and equipment failure tend to knock confidence in the interactive whiteboard. There are cases where children brought to the front of the class to interact with the computer isolate the remainder of the class until it’s their turn. Lesson time can quickly be consumed in a parade of children trooping to the front of the class.

But 3D technology in the form of chip is about to change the concept and use of this learning resource. Built into a new projector similar in shape and size to the conventional projector, the 3D version opens a whole new world to learning.

Pupils involved in the 3D programme in the USA saw a 35% jump in their grades, according to the study.

“The first comment from the teachers was that there wasn’t one discipline issue – which amazed them. And the second thing they noted was that every student passed the exam, which was unprecedented,” said Tracey Masamoto, director for 3D content firm JTM Concepts which conducted the tests.

With this level of positive reaction, the teacher’s performance and job satisfaction could leap forward significantly. Quelling the disruptive element of the class would extend the time available to teach and the technology opens new horizons in learning. All we need now is a set of 3D glasses and the software that can live up to the standards that kids who have seen “Avatar” will expect!

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