At The Innovative Educator, a guest writer asks the question, Are IWB’s Past Their Prime?
Unfortunately, his analysis is all about the technology itself, not about education.
In the end, schools have to weigh the facts carefully and decide how to best use technology to best serve the needs of their children. This includes examining the school culture, features of competing technologies, physical space available in the school, the school’s comfort level with varying technology models, and the total cost of ownership.
All of those factors are important to some degree, but where is the concern about how this technology is being used?
Or rather how it’s being misused.
I’ve ranted on this topic many times before, but the point still needs to be made that, even before all our recent financial problems, IWBs (interactive whiteboards) were a bad use of technology funds.
Not to mention tools that encourage bad instructional practices.
So, are IWB’s past their prime? Â You could say that.
But I’m not sure they ever should have had prime space in school budgets in the first place.