ICT current trends (ie. IWBs)
Technology is always changing; this has lead to a change in the education system. With the national and state governments providing funds to help further schools technologically, there has been an introduction of new computer technologies in the classroom. The government has provided secondary students with laptops in order to independent learning and to provide equal opportunity for students in the education system. This has meant that teachers need to start integrating technology into their lessons for example getting students to work online through blogs, web quests and school intranets
The Interactive Whiteboard (IWB) is another ICT trend that is being introduced to both primary and high schools across Australia. An IWB is a board that connects to a computer in the classroom and allows the whole board to become a giant touch screen computer. Both students and teachers can interact with the board by creating flipcharts, video calling other parts of the world and surfing through the internet. Websites such as The Learning Federation provide interactive games that can be used in the classroom as a learning object.
Kent (2007) believes through this interaction that teachers can promote higher order thinking, create focus and lead into deep whole class conversations. It actively engages students to participate actively in the classroom and with more and more add-ons being available it will be interesting to see what the future hold for the technological classroom.
Which learning style/s does this ICT support?
This ICT devise supports that of every learner. The visual learner is engaged through videos, diagrams etc. The auditory learner is engaged through discussions about the learning on the interactive whiteboard for example and the kinesthetic learner is engaged through interacting with the whiteboard using the pens to do sorting, labeling, ordering or puzzle activities.
How could this ICT be implemented as a good cognitive tool within the learning environment?
Flipcharts are able to be displayed for the entire class giving a complete interactive lesson where the students can control their learning and make decisions when using the whiteboard.
How is this ICT enabling the development of creativity?
It encourages creativity in presentations the students may give to the class as they may use a flipchart with a range of settings showcasing what they can do.
- Kent, P. (2007). Promoting Intellectual Quality with an IWB: Teacher Professional Development Course Notes. Paper presented at Latrobe University