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Developing Effective Pedagogies For the Use of Interactive Whiteboards in Teacher Education

New technologies are constantly emerging and educators are being challenged to accommodate and implement such technologies into their collection of teaching methodologies. The interactive whiteboard (IAW) is one such technology that is appearing in many school classrooms across the country. To date there has been limited investigation into the role that pre-service teachers should play in modelling its effective use while on practicum placement. Tertiary institutions are frequently in a better position to investigate how IAWs are being utilised across various schools and thus identify the key strategies leading to improved learning. Teacher education programs must model effective strategies that pre-service teachers can trial and further develop while on their school placement. Graduating teachers are expected to play a leading role as initiators and innovators of technology. This paper addresses the difficulties encountered in incorporating interactive whiteboard technologies into teacher education programs in equipping our pre-service teachers with essential pedagogical skills. A small pilot study has been undertaken to investigate the effectiveness of the modelling of IAWs, by mentors in the classrooms and by teacher educators, ensuring that pre-service teachers graduate with the skills that can influence the development of powerful pedagogies for IAW use.
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