Comments From Parents
The following quotes are extracts from a focus group of parents. Their comments support those of the principal and teachers regarding the use of interactive whiteboards.
Indications from these interviews that students are sufficiently motivated both to use technology at school and to carry out related work voluntarily at home are consistent with research findings (e.g. Glover and Miller 2007) that interactive whiteboards can assist with improvements in the culture of learning.
"…in the most recent class that my daughter was in, it was very much integrated because there was the smart board in the classroom and they were using computers really regularly during the week and my daughter was doing quite a bit at home as well that related to it, just spontaneously because she wanted to… (Parent, Eastern Fleurieu School)
"I think because they have a computer, or computers, in every classroom there’s an opportunity for the children to use that technology at other times other than just computer lessons. The smart boards are used. I know my child talks a lot about those and the use of those in various lessons. (Parent, Eastern Fleurieu School)
I don’t think they are [innovative] so much to the children now- I think they’re quite a common place thing now. Even the junior primary children know how the smart boards work and get an opportunity to use them. (Parent, Eastern Fleurieu School)
Another example for English, …I think in the oral language stuff, my daughter really enjoyed, if she had a talk on something. Like if she had to just do a morning talk, she’d say, can I put some pictures to it? So she’d come home and make a PowerPoint …if it was talking about a holiday for example, she’d go through all my photos on the computer and make a PowerPoint display that she’d take and put up on the Smart Board to do her morning talk and she just loved doing it that way. And I think it gave her something to talk about that wasn’t sort of all the focus on her as well. So she enjoyed [it], but I suppose it’s building towards doing PowerPoint presentations in public. (Parent, Eastern Fleurieu School)
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