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Interactive Whiteboards in the ELT classroom Sanderin van Hazebrouck University of Education Heidelberg, Germany


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Introduction 

The interactive whiteboard (IWB) 

computer

data projector

board/display panel

software

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Interactive Whiteboards selection

Hitachi StarBoard Optical or infrared sensors

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SMARTBoard Resistivetouch sensitive membrane with backplate

Promethean Activboard electromagnetic sensing technology

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IWBs in the language teaching context

Supporting teaching and learning in a whole-class setting

Primarily designed for teacher use

Operating as a digital hub

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Potential pedagogical advantages Key themes by Moss et al.(2007): 

Increased pace of delivery

Increased use of multimodal resources

Interactive style of whole class teaching

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Potential pedagogical advantages Carol Gray (2010) 

Presenting in a multi-sensory way

Drawing attention to features of language

Saving electronic files for spontaneous revision

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Potential pedagogical advantages Carol Gray (2010) 

Displaying pupils’ work

Video-conferencing

Accessing authentic materials

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Potential pedagogical advantages Cutrim Schmid (2008) 

Engagement and enhanced motivation

Facilitation of learning

Catering for various learning styles

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Potential pedagogical advantages Cutrim Schmid (2008) 

The IWB as a platform for 

modeling ICT skills

collaboration

sharing student-generated content

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Personal Context 

CALL (Computer Assisted Language Learning) seminars at the University of Education 

tasks and lessons with the IWB

training of IWB integration into the ELT classroom

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IWB software

Promethean ActivStudio / ActivInspire

Hitachi StarBoard software

SMARTBoard notebook software

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Selection of IWB software tools

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Potential pedagogical challenges 

Return of the classroom walls

Teacher centeredness

Cognitive overload

Spoonfeeding

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Further research 

Strong emphasis on teacher training and support 

identifying ways to bring in the interactivity

exploiting the multimodal resources provided by the technology

implementing learner-centered approaches

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Betcher, C/ Lee, M. (2009). The Interactive Whiteboard Revolution. Teaching with IWBs. ACER Press, Camberwell, Australia. Cutrim Schmid, E. (2008). Potential pedagogical benefits and drawbacks of multimedia use in the English language classroom equipped with interactive whiteboard technology. Computers & Education 51, 1553-1568. Cutrim Schmid, E. (2009). The Pedagogical Potential of Interactive Whiteboards 2.0. In Thomas, M. (Ed). The handbook of Research on Web 2.0 and Second Language Learning. IGI Global, USA. 491-505. Gray, C. (2010). Meeting Teachers’ Real Needs: New Tools in the Secondary Modern Foreign Languages Classroom. In Thomas, M. & Cutrim Schmid, E. (2010). Interactive Whiteboard for Education: Theory, Research and Practice. Hershey, PA, USA: IGI Global Moss, G., Jewitt, C., Levaãic, R., Armstrong, V., Cardini, A., & Castle, F. (2007). The interactive whiteboards, pedagogy and pupil performance evaluation: An evaluation of the schools whiteboard expansion (SWE) project: London challenge. DfES Research Report RR 816. London: DfES.

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