The Interactive Whiteboard (CBI) Project – ICS, CESI and DEC
This project aimed to suppport schools who are thinking of purchasing an Interactive Whiteboard(s) or who have recently made such purchase(s). Specifically, the project’s aim was to investigate the effectiveness or otherwise of using Interactive Whiteboards in the classroom.
The objectives of the project were:
- to investigate the impact on whole-class teaching
- to investigate the impact on learning
- to see if new teaching/learning strategies are developed
- to create a database of teaching/learning resources
- to create new curriculum-based resources
- to publish and disseminate research outcomes
Timescale of the Project: The project ran over the 2004-2005, 2005-2006, 2006-2007 academic years (an initial finding is that ‘change’ needs at least 18 months to embed). The schools conducted their own research, as well as engaging with the body of research that is being developed.
Each school has been provided with an Interactive Whiteboard and a Data Projector (all fully installed). The schools embarked on the creative process of using the technology to support teaching and learning.
The Project extended in 2007-2008 with the beginnings of an investigation of support for CBIs in Learning Support classrooms. However, the Project support ended in Summer 2008 with the withdrawal of funding by the Department of Education and Science for the ICT Advisory Service.