From kindergarten to secondary education, keeping students’ attention is one of the biggest challenges in teaching. With ever-increasing technological advances hitting us in nearly aspect of our lives, it is no wonder children find traditional classroom settings a little boring. Teachers now must relate with kids who spend free time engrossed in texting, Facebook, realistic video games and information on demand.
When 2009 National Teacher of the Year Anthony Mullen spent time traveling across the country visiting other schools, he noticed a classroom tool that helped keep kids, even those with special needs, focus on their lessons. Interactive whiteboards allowed students to participate and engage in lessons in a way they were accustomed to and comfortable with – active learning.
Interactive whiteboards were added to each classroom in Mullen’s Greenwich, Connecticut alternative public high school and the results were just as he had expected. Students – even those with learning and behavioral disabilities – responded enthusiastically as they worked with the new technology. Read more about Mullen’s experience in this Education Week article.
Do you have an interactive whiteboard in your classroom? If so, how have students responded to the new technology?