NSW Schools to ‘transform’ education

Students at Stratford Public School in NSW work on their smart whiteboard.

Report from the AGE today that the NSW State Government will install 200 high-tech digital whiteboards in NSW public schools, thus ‘transform[ing] the way education is delivered’, according to the report.

At least the accompanying photograph shows students working with the technology rather than the usual visual of a teacher flipping around maths objects to the general shock and awe of the student audience. Note the language; education is ‘delivered’, I suppose students pick it up at reception and sign for it from the courier.

One principal is quoted as saying that IWBs were: ‘”possibly the best teaching tool we’ve
ever had”.

The article states:

The interactive whiteboards, along with video-conferencing technology and e-learning tools, will take up $28 million of tomorrow’s 2007-08 state budget.

 In the western NSW region, 168 of the 202 schools there already ave at least one interactive whiteboard, according to the NSW Department of Education and Training.

Full report HERE

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3 comments

  1. WOW! What a great initiative (even if it is on a small scale of only 200)…. I would LOVE an IWB in my classroom, but unfortunately it’s not on the cards for a wee while yet… we do however, have access to lots of mounted data projectors around the school and pods/cows of laptops etc so I shouldn’t complain…… but the image you’ve used really stirs inside me how much I KNOW that getting one of these into my classroom could really revolutionise my learning programmes!

    Cheers, Rachel, NZ

  2. Rachel, if you read here long enough, you’ll find that Warrick can be described as an IWB skeptic (and he knows that I am not being disrespectful here!!) and that he is pointing out something that I (as an advocate of the IWB technology) agree with and that is just giving one board to a school is one way of making sure it never gets used to its fullest potential. The school has to want to make the IWB journey and not have it gifted to them – most schools then stick it in the resource centre or the staffroom to be “equitable” and it never gets used properly – and with one IWB, the school barely qualifies for any training of substance. Hmmm, a much better way would be for the funds to be made available to schools to fund their own ICT initiatives – if they then choose to purchase IWBs, at least they will own the decision. I am not hopeful that this is a productive move at all.

  3. Well put Graham (as usual) I am skeptical about the potential of this tool, but admit I’ve never seen it used other than in a teacher-centered way, and have trouble imagining how it might be otherwise.

    However, I’m not working in a primary classroom, and could be completely mis-informed there. I think there may indeed be powerful possibilities with the k-4 age group.

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