Unfortunately, school improvement is not this easy.
The SchoolCIO article, “Interactive Whiteboards Factor in Improved AYP” quotes Fayetteville, North Carolina executive director of technology Terry Williams as saying:
We believe that a great classroom is interactive… Having SMART products in our classrooms makes them interactive and engaging, inspiring students to learn.
Was that an accurate quotation, Terry? If so, I beg to differ on the second part of your assertion.
Yes, great classrooms are certainly interactive. The mere presence of interactive white boards (IWBs) in a classroom, however, offers absolutely ZERO guarantees that learning opportunities in the room will be interactive, engaging, or inspiring. They might be, but that all DEPENDS– mostly on the TEACHER.
See my September 23rd post, “Interactive technology access does not guarantee good teaching and learning,” for more elaboration on why this is not the case. Even better, see Dr. Jon Becker‘s five part “Peer-review of Marzano’s IWB Study” from this summer: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5.
H/T to Kim Cofino for this SchoolCIO article link.
I’m sure vendors of IWBs absolutely LOVE it when school officials make statements like this one, and they are quoted in the mainstream media. Unfortunately, however, assertions like this about IWBs are simply not true.
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