Interactive white boards can even “slow the pace of whole class learning”, the study commissioned by the Department for Education and Skills suggested.
They can also lead to “relatively mundane activities being over-valued”, the Institute of Education study found.
The researchers found many possible reasons for the lack of an increase of student achievement in classes using the boards, including “mundane activities being over-valued” by teachers.
But it’s the Schools Minister Jim Knight who has the best perspective on all this.
“I believe passionately that ICT can be a excellent tool in helping teaching and learning. But ICT will never be a substitute for a good teaching.
“Only when teachers have the skills to use it properly can we expect them to use the technology to support and transform traditional teaching methods,” he added.
Transform traditional teaching methods? That’s not going to happen without a serious professional development plan for using technology in the classroom.
Something that never seems to be included in the budget along side the purchase of hardware like the interactive whiteboards.
(I still can’t believe they paid Â£3000 (about $6000US) for each of the boards.)