Ever since I read that BECTA will no longer exist, I’ve been concerned with what will happen to those who are still not trained to use their IWB. As Hilary Truss, senior assistant head teacher at Broadoak Mathematics and Computing College states, “We have found training difficult to source at a reasonable price that would meet the needs of staff. For all schools that have SMART Boards, it is essential that training is received as training means that a teacher is able to have full use from the board effectively. Interactive training is an effective way of ensuring that training at any level of skill is always available.” As the news broke at the BECTA agency, research had just started into how effectively IWBs are being used in the UK and now it seems nobody knows how many of the IWBs installed in classrooms are being used to their full ability. I have also found ICT departments see the barrier to using these IWBs is lack of training, the majority of these IWBs are not being used or not being used to their full potential. In the wake of BECTAs demise, I feel I am not alone in urging schools and teachers to look into affordable and accessible ways to train their staff on the new technology in the classroom.
The future of the IWB