Albany teachers get worthwhile technology boost
A group of Brisbane teachers has been given a technological boost, with the installation of 26 interactive whiteboards in their school.
In what was a welcome New Year surprise, almost Albany Creek State School teacher returned from holiday to find they had access to an interactive whiteboard in their classroom.
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,' said Ms Pattison.
'We can now use the whiteboard for absolutely everything, the students love it and more importantly, are engaged.
'And when you use the Computers to 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. A 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.
A range of interactive whiteboards are available for purchase through the department's PSA.
Of the 26 interactive whiteboards installed at Albany Creek State School, 24 are in 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 has 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,' said Mr Kingston.
'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.
'It's also amazing when it comes to drawing shapes, using flip charts and displaying photos for everyone to see.