Improving Academic Outcomes in Mathematics Classrooms With Whiteboards

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Improving Academic Outcomes in Mathematics Classrooms with Whiteboards Introduction Because resources are by definition scarce, it is important for educators in general and mathematics teachers in particular to use the most effective teaching tools that are available. Many young people entering the classroom for the first time today bring with them a valuable set of information technology skills that can be used to good effect in improving academic outcomes. Likewise, computer-savvy older students want and expect to find technological solutions in their classrooms. One such solution that has been growing in popularity is the whiteboard, an interactive classroom presentation system that allows teachers and students to interact in new ways that can improve mathematics learning and facilitate classroom administration. To gain some fresh insights into the ways that whiteboards can be used by mathematics teachers to improve academic outcomes, this paper provides a review of the relevant peer-reviewed and scholarly literature, followed by a summary of the research and important findings in the conclusion. Review and Discussion Although mathematics has not changed, the manner in which it is taught has changed in substantive ways in recent years that are far removed from rote memory drills and traditional dusty chalkboards. As one mathematics educator emphasizes, "Chalkboards have come a long way, haven't they? In the past, the standard writing surface in the mathematics

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