Here’s why we recommend the development of interactive whiteboard materials as the core of any educational CSR project and some information to help you understand what they bring to the classroom. You can also find out more in our briefing document (pdf).
How are whiteboards used in lessons?
According to BECTA, interactive whiteboards are now the ‘dominant technology in schools’. Across the UK there are an average of 18 per primary school and 38 per secondary school (BECTA 2008 figures).
Teaching is often led from the interactive whiteboard, but learning takes place away from it too – in group tasks, speaking and listening sessions, or investigations. Teaching sessions usually end with an assessment activity which allows children to reflect on their learning.
How can you maximise success?
Designing materials specifically for the whiteboard ensures that they will be used actively in schools and will be presented to the whole class. Our experience in developing such materials means that they will be geared to the expectations of teachers and presented in a way which means they can be integrated into their teaching style and schemes of work with little difficulty – maximising take-up and usage.
Our unique approach uses interactive digital resources to kickstart lessons. Lessons usually begin with a game, a suitably controversial discussion question or a video clip to get children thinking about the theme of the lesson. The class is then given the lesson objectives, so that they understand where they are going.
Cambridge-Hitachi-developed resources encourage learning in a number of styles, not just led by the technology, and support teachers in embedding your materials into their existing teaching.