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Understanding how Interactive Whiteboard Technology Supports Teaching and Learning

School districts around the United States have been purchasing Interactive Whiteboards with the hopes that teachers will create engaging lessons to support student learning. Unfortunately, these boards are being placed in teachers’ classrooms without a proper training on how to use the vast array of tools an interactive whiteboard can offer. This study used a design-based research approach to understand the role of instructional videos play in supporting teachers in using the tools offered by the interactive whiteboards. To determine the needs and different comfort level using an interactive whiteboard, the researcher interviewed three female middle school science teachers in a school district located in Southern California. Based on the interviews with teachers, the researcher created a website with six instructional videos that focused on six specific tools. One teacher was selected to watch all six videos and create a lesson to teach her students while the researcher observed and took field notes. After the lesson, the researcher debriefed the teacher about how the videos helped support her learning when implementing engaging tools in a flipchart. This study suggests that the quality of the videos which include HD video, high quality sound, proper pacing, clear spoken audio, and scaffolding the lesson led to higher understanding how to implement tools. Instructional videos were effective in supporting teachers because of the ability to pause, rewind, and re-watch a video based on their convenience. The educational implications and future directions are discussed.

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