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Collaboration, visibility, inclusivity and efficiencies: A case study of a secondary school in Germany using interactive whiteboards

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Published
Publication date16/12/2016
Place of PublicationLancaster
PublisherLancaster University
Number of pages42
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

This report provides an overview of the results of a one-year study conducted in a German school (a gymnasium) located in a city in the state of Nordrhein-Westfalen (NRW). While focusing on collaboration as one of the themes of the research, establishing and carrying out the research was also a collaborative endeavour: the school was involved in implementing interactive whiteboard technologies; SMART Technologies provided the equipment and support; and the research was undertaken independently by Lancaster University.

Teachers and pupils in the study reported important benefits from using SMART boards and associated technologies. Teachers reported that use of the SMART boards led to greater collaborative discussion, which helped understanding of texts and grammar in English, and specific topics in mathematics. As a result, pupils were awarded better oral marks for their work. Pupils reported that the pace of lessons was increased, which aided their learning and engagement, and resources posted on a virtual learning environment allowed them to revise and review what had been covered in lessons.

These benefits arose when teachers adopted activities enhancing sharing and collaboration. Examples of activities included: expanding the quality of writing; presenting group responses; dividing circles and visualising fractions; matching parts of phrases; using colour to highlight and discuss; and using images and other digital materials to stimulate discussion.