What can we learn from the hype around IWBs that dominated things? I’ve written a few times here about my reservations about interactive whiteboards, and I think that penny has well and truly dropped.
At a recent discussion around the new technologies we might put in place, the only objections to NOT going with whiteboards in the future came from some primary teachers and a Science teacher who liked the way he could manipulate and show things using little apps with the board.
For the record my reservations around IWBs have been that they retain the control of the ‘means of production’ with the teacher. They’re teacher-centric devices, they’re ‘look at me’ devices, they’re top-down cinema style devices. The teacher showing, while the audience watches on, rapt. That’s it.
And, I think that, while the article I’ve linked to below has some of the wrong reasons for the demise in IWBs, there’s growing agreement that, like the Roman Empire, they’re past their best.