The Technological Developments Of The 21st Century

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The technological developments of the 21st century have led to the creation of a modern society within which technology is no longer a luxury, but a necessity. Technologically speaking, interactive whiteboards connect a computer to a data projector and displays the image projected from the computer onto a large screen. Interactive Whiteboards(IWBs) have eight main features: drag and drop; hide and reveal; colour, shading and highlighting; multimedia visualisation; multimedia presentation; manipulation of objects from other technologies and software; movement of animation; and indefinite storage and quick retrieval of material. (De Vita, et al., 2014). It is these features that enable IWBs to be an effective contributor to learning and teaching in the classroom environment. The National Numeracy Strategy describe interaction as being a two way process in which pupils are expected to play an active part in and that teaching is oral, interactive and lively. (Wood & Ashfield, 2008) This is fundamental to Vygotskys’ social constructivist view of teaching. Interactive whiteboard use in primary and secondary schools promotes pupil interest, more sustained concentration and more effective learning where teachers are aware of the ways in which such technology can be used to support a variety of learning styles. (Glover and Miller 2001-2003, as cited in (Miller, et al., 2005)) This is why the UK government has allocated over £50 million for the phenomenon that is Interactive
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