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ESHA Magazine April 2012.pdf

ESHA Magazine April 2012.pdf

INTERACTIVE WHITEBOARDS

INTERACTIVE WHITEBOARDS • Educational portals: Portals offer content that teachers may include in their class room instructions. A portal offers teachers an overview of all available content that can be used. In The Netherlands, Kennisnet is a well known portal where teachers can down load share relevant content with others. Teachers highly value the exchange of IWB suitable content. In The Netherlands, www.schoolbordlessen.nl offers an overview of all relevant online sources that a teacher can choose from. This portal signifi cantly reduces the preparation time for teachers. • Publishers: Many publishers focus on creating supplemental instructional materials specifi cally designed for interactive whiteboards. They regard IWBs as an opportunity to market additional services and content to schools. Next to the traditional publishers, new content providers have become known for their multimedia tools. Microsoft and Google are among them. Microsoft Encarta en Google Earth are examples of highly interactive platforms to be used in all geography classes. Google has recently announced an application called Body Browser that includes complex 3D graphics of the human body. Using Body Browser, you can explore different layers of human anatomy by moving the slider to rotate and zoom in on parts that are of interest. The advantages of Interactive Whiteboards Overall, the following advantages of IWBs have been identified: • Lively presentations IWBs can be used to give lively presentations. Interactive Whiteboards can easily combine different sources of visual information in an interactive way. Research (Glover & Miller, 2001) show that combining different sources of information (multi media) will lead to better academic results because the human brain can deal with more information if information is delivered in different formats. 44 ESHA MAGAZINE APRIL 2012

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