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SMART CLASSROOMS: Albany Creek teachers get technology boost

09 June 2010

A group of Brisbane teachers has been given a technology boost with the installation of 26 interactive whiteboards in their school.

In what was a welcome New Year surprise, almost all Albany Creek State School teachers returned from holidays to find they had access to interactive whiteboards in their classrooms.

Year 6 teacher and Smart Classrooms coordinator Monica Pattison said the devices had enhanced the teaching and learning experience.

'The whiteboard is an amazing tool and one that is really changing the face of education in Queensland,' Ms Pattison said.

'We can now use the whiteboard for absolutely everything, the students love it and more importantly, are engaged. And when you use the Computers for Teachers laptop together with the interactive whiteboard, the combination is magic.'

An interactive whiteboard, or IWB, is a large interactive display that connects to a computer and projector. The projector displays the computer's desktop onto the board's surface and allows users to control the system using a pen, finger or other pointer tool.

The Department of Education and Training is currently negotiating an interactive whiteboard preferred supplier arrangement (PSA) for schools.

Of the 26 interactive whiteboards installed at Albany Creek, 24 are fixed in individual classrooms while the other two are mobile and shared by teachers. The remaining classrooms will be fitted with IWBs before the end of the year.

Principal Paul Kingston said since installing the whiteboards he had been impressed with the progress made by his teachers.

'I'm seeing some really engaging lessons and learning opportunities for the children coming from the use of the interactive whiteboards,' Mr Kingston said.

'It's really giving our teachers the chance to come together in an empowered way and it's enhancing their craft.'

Teacher Robyn Dunphy said her Prep students really enjoyed the interactivity of the whiteboards.

'We are able to use the device to practice our handwriting skills - it's an excellent tool for hand, eye and motor coordination,' she said. 'It's also amazing when it comes to drawing shapes, using flip charts and displaying photos for everyone to see.'