This week’s article was a review by Higgins, Beauchamp and Miller (2007) on the utility of interactive whiteboards (IWBs) in the classroom. Through this paper they discuss the emerging research that shows that IWBs have the capacity to alter the manner in which learning takes place and to increase teacher and student motivation. However, the key message highlighted is that there has been no research to show that the use of IWBs has a significant impact on student achievement. Instead, the most important factor making an IWBs a useful classroom learning tool is the skill and professional knowledge of the teacher mediating the learning experience/s.
Higgins, S., G. Beauchamp, and D. Miller (2007), Reviewing the literature on interactive whiteboards, Learning, Media and technology, 32(3), 213-225.