Teaching styles and tools have evolved rapidly in recent years. Developments in technology are increasingly providing new ways to make education more effective and customised for individual pupils. Interactive learning significantly increases the effectiveness of time and resources invested in teaching. Innovation, such as the interactive whiteboard, not only gives teachers more opportunities to make an impact but can improve the learning experience for pupils too.
The benefits of interactive learning – focus on the interactive whiteboard
Joined up learning
It’s simple to link interactive whiteboard slides to a range of other learning resources to ensure a more comprehensive and consistent learning experience. Links in whiteboard content save time and can help to make learning more impactful by using video, images or other content to reinforce the original point.
Getting everyone involved
The interactive whiteboard is designed to get students involved, whether that’s solving a maths problem at the front of the class or dissecting lines of poetry together. The technology facilitates ease of learning in many ways, from the use of an ‘inkless pen’ that students can use to write directly onto the screen, to an ‘undo’ button to move back from any errors or mistakes.
Interactive whiteboards provide the opportunity to customise learning, both in terms of topics and learning objectives, and also to the needs of the learners themselves. Reliance on textbooks or old fashioned chalk boards simply does not work for some subjects – and for many learners – and switching to a more interactive learning resource can bring a topic to life and engage individual learners more.
More seamless transitions
The transition between classroom and home is much more seamless with something like an interactive whiteboard, as slides can easily be provided, whether to help retain learning or as materials for those who missed a class. Lessons can take a more intuitive and logical pathway, as interactive learning styles provide the flexibility to move between topics, add annotations or go back over what has been learned to ensure that everyone understands it.
Gaming and activities
Gamification is increasingly being viewed as a highly effective way to get students to engage with learning. Interactive whiteboards are particularly well suited to integrating gamification into a learning context, with endless options for puzzles, quizzes and activities that can engage learners through a competitive, gaming approach.
The interactive whiteboard is truly mobile and simple to move from one location to another – in contrast to old fashioned chalk boards or projectors, which are often either immovable or difficult to set up.
Better teaching management
Interactive whiteboards put teachers fully in control of the teaching environment but don’t require them to stay in one place. Instead, they can walk around the classroom, attending to individual students or checking work, but still remain in control of what is on the board, add to it, annotate it and move through the lesson at the same time.
Interactive whiteboards are just one example of the way in which interactive learning styles are transforming the classroom. If you’d like to find out more about IT for education, please get in touch with Suna Communication today on 0208 390 8811.