Public displays have been a powerful tool for homo sapiens to express themselves. Whether it be prehistoric caves at Lascaux or Bhimbetka, humans enjoy smudging and drag fingers on the wall to draw and reflect on their perception of their surroundings. Today that looks like kids drawing on smartboards.
Such creative activity has been critical in developing collaborative techniques like writing on boards for mutual insights. The traditional model of teaching made this technique take a back door. Now, a whole new technology is penetrating and dismantling the conventional approach and becoming popular for expressing creativity among students. In this light, we would explain the significance of smartboards in children here.
Significance of Smartboards in Developing Cognitive Skills in Children
Dr Raja Maznah is a professor at the University of Malaya. He suggests through different studies that the actual learning outcome of the child is directly proportional to their interest. Many factors like attention, feeling of awe, concentration levels, involvement, and enjoyment directly tell us about a child’s interest and thus his learning outcome. How can Interactive White Boards increase all these factors significantly?
A research report, “The Influence of Smartboards Game Toward 4-5 years old Children’s Cognitive Development”, has revealed that smartboard can be used to develop the cognitive skills of children. The study found the introduction of smartboards improved recognition of numbers and color among children of age group 4-5.
IWBs piques child’s curiosity
Stirring a child’s inquisitiveness is essential to learning. Naturally, they want to know about a thing that is mysterious to them. Curiosity stimulates various parts of the brain, i.e., substantia nigra, ventral tegmental area and the hippocampus that are associated with learning. If this is done through technology like smart boards, it sparks curiosity in them. For instance, a 3D model of a dinosaur can be flipped by children on smartboards giving them a chance to explore and engage.
Caters to the need of all types of children
Every child will not respond positively to traditional teaching styles because of their limitations. Learning outcomes may differ drastically with changes in teaching methods. Some children respond to visual teaching where they want to see what you are teaching them. Some of them may show signs of improvement when they are involved actively as against one way teaching technique.
Children with special needs learn auditorily or kinesthetically. Smartboards can be used to cater to the needs of children pertaining to all the teaching styles easily. Curriculum designers play a major role here, though.
Smartboards are effective in delivering instructions to students. Children, especially at a young age, seldom listen and remember all the instructions. They may become distracted halfway. A PowerPoint presentation may help in catching their attention for a long while.
Children’s auditory and visual senses are employed through it. It is beneficial for young children who have not developed reading and writing skills yet and for children for whom English is a second language. The device allows them to complete the task without taking help from pe or paper where they may struggle initially. Thus, their mind doesn’t get defensive when a task appears easy and develops the temporal lobe.
Increased student’s presentation and participation
Qualitative research led by BECTA or British Educational Communications and Technology Agency found that students are motivated when they are to present anything. Occipital Lobe is responsible for receiving and processing visual information. It helps in perceiving shapes and colours. Cerebellum, located right behind the Occipital lobe, is responsible for coordination and motivation.
Smartboards allow the students to use these parts of the brain. They move their hands on the screen, move around the board, present the topic with diagrams of various shapes and sizes, and speak. These activities invoke the hindbrain to work in coordination, thus enhancing the child’s mental ability.
Three steps towards learning with IWB
Miller and Glover conducted research that involved finding motivating factors in learning. They observed that the following three factors were responsible for student motivation and increased satisfaction:-
- Intrinsic stimulation: Lessons made with a combination of colors were attractive, resulting in attraction.
- Sustained focus: there was a flow of interactivity, and students felt working on-task without losing concentration
- Stepped learning: earlier recorded classes were revised to strengthen the bae and memory.
They found that the use of IWB is a good way to explore possibilities in pedagogy that exploits interactivity. Some students were shown a lesson through a video, and the teacher addressed them soon after it stopped. Researchers observed that most of them were attentive and responded efficiently. This was recorded by observing their dilated pupils.
However, researchers have suggested that they were little development in reaching the desired results. The use of IWB technology is yet to realize its full potential. This can be achieved through the collaborative efforts of our educators.
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