Michèle Dreschler, inspectrice chargée de mission « pré-élémentaire », nous explique pourquoi le tableau blanc interactif peut être utilisé en maternelle, et, plus globalement, le rôle de cet outil au sein d’une classe.
Language educators differ in their views of the value of the interactive whiteboard (IWB) for teaching and learning foreign languages.
In our EU-funded project iTILT (http://itilt.eu) we are supporting the use of this tool in communicative language teaching. Our classroom illustrations (http://itilt.eu/advanced-search) show teachers how the IWB can be used in different language classrooms.
Other educators argue that time is up for the IWB, and that this technology is already being overtaken by other technologies such as tablets and other types of interactive projection (Jeff Herb http://instructionaltechtalk.com/apple-tv-vs-interactive-whiteboards-in-the-classroom/ but see also Matt Granger's reply in the comment section)
The Learning Technologies special interest group of IATEFL is hosting a webinar on this topic this weekend (http://ltsig.org.uk/ Pete Sharma and Gavin Dudeney) so if you have something to say or just want to hear the arguments, this event may be worth a look.
Cutrim Schmid, E. & Whyte, S. (2012). Interactive Whiteboards in School Settings: Teacher Responses to Socio-constructivist Hegemonies. Language Learning and Technology 16 (2), 65-86.
The iTILT-training handbook offers a set of criteria to be used when designing IWB materials for foreign language lessons. One of the criteria focuses specifically on the efficiency of the IWB: ‘’When designing IWB-based activities teachers should measure the personal cost of integrating the IWB against its return and its efficiency. In other words, they should ask themselves whether the same activity could not be implemented more easily via other means’’ (page 14).
From collecting video data and interviewing the teachers and learners for the iTILT project it became apparent that many valued the efficiency of the IWB in a variety of different ways. Below are some ways in which teachers stated that the IWB improved the efficiency of their language lessons. Whilst the majority of following clips are examples of Welsh video clips you will be able to find the majority of these examples across the other countries on the website.