The recent Scottish Executive additional funding (£800,00) released to schools in East Lothian has resulted in a spate of purchases of interactive whiteboards.
In East Lothian we recently invested in interactive boards for all of our secondary maths classrooms. A key factor in the apparent success of our implementation has been the impact that Robert Jones has had by being seconded for one a day a week to work with schools, share good practice and develop the learning and teaching process.
Building upon this lesson we intend to release four teachers next year for one day each week – two primary and two secondary. Their role will be to work with teachers and schools in-situ – we think this strategy will be much better than running one off in-service courses.
As Robert points out “technology itself will not change what happens in classrooms” and his wonderful dig about the “spray and pray approach towards ICT investment” challenges us to take a much more strategic approach towards such developments. Our goal is to create a momentum – or critical mass – where teachers, properly supported, develop confidence in the technology and integrate it into their developing practice.
Last word goes to Robert:
“Using an interactive whiteboard effectively requires the same kind of effort, exploration and reflection that teaching effectively does. And your colleague in the next room who’s found something that works may be more useful to you than all the in-service under the sun.”