Teacher Uses and Perceptions of Interactive Whiteboard Incorporation in Spanish Classrooms

By María Graciela Badilla Quintana.

Published by Ubiquitous Learning: An International Journal

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With the incorporation of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in education, especially the interactive whiteboard (IWB), the need for a proper teacher training process emerges in order to adjust the integration and didactic use of this tool in the classroom. This paper explores how they use the IWB in their teaching and learning methodology and their perceptions about the integration of this technology. Our sample consisted of 80 teachers from 14 schools in Catalonia, Spain, who work with IWB in kindergarten and primary education. This paper reports a case-study with a mixed-method design. The data was collected by systematic observations and questionnaires to teachers. Data analysis offers evidence that teachers request more training and pedagogical time to create didactic material, although they showed security on the instrumental control of the IWB. There is a clear relationship between the use of IWB in classrooms and pupils’ enhanced motivation and their attention into the content of the lessons. Furthermore, we conclude that IWB use in classrooms can provide an appropriate environment to encourage the creation of a shared space and the generation of a fluent oral communication involving both teacher and pupils in the learning process.

Keywords: Interactive Whiteboard, ICT Education, Teachers Understanding, Interactive Learning Environments

Ubiquitous Learning: An International Journal, Volume 4, Issue 2, pp.69-80. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.207MB).

Dr. María Graciela Badilla Quintana

Head, Educational Computing Unit and Knowledge Management, Universidad Católica de la Santísima Concepción, Concepción, Región del Bío Bío, Chile

María Graciela Badilla Quintana is journalist and licentiate in social communication, teacher in primary education, Master in education, and PhD in pedagogical investigation. She won grants from the Government of Chile for postgraduate studies and from the Agency for Management of University and Research Grants, Generalitat of Catalonia. She works as a Head of Educational Computing Unit and Knowledge Management at the Universidad Católica de la Santísima Concepción, Chile. She teaches courses related to integration information and communication technologies in pre and postgraduate studies in education. Dr Badilla’s research focuses on investigation surrounding the educative applications of ICTs, strategies and resources for the leadership, formation and advising of the educative innovation with ICT support and Impact of ICT in the educative organizations.