"The ability to link the instructor and student devices, and to send information back and forth provides a mechanism for introducing active learning into the classroom and creates additional feedback channels." - Richard Anderson. University of Washington. (2008)
It is clear that over the last decade, interactive whiteboards have been - and continue to be - avidly adopted by education systems all over the world. Many schools vainly aspired 1:1 learning environments for years, limited by financial, pedagogical and practical objections. The emergence of interactive whiteboards offered them the chance to make the benefits of e-learning more broadly available to students, during all lessons,
at lower total cost and with a proven pedagogical impact. Interactive whiteboards, one might say, have in fact become the first step in inclusive e-learning for many schools, and the hub for the implementation of other complementary ICT devices.
International research has established that one of the main benefits of interactive whiteboards is that they reduce stress levels for teachers, and give them more freedom to focus on other aspects of the teaching process than the technical delivery of a subject. This, in turn, reinforces the naturally motivating effect that the rich visual platform has on the learners. And finally, added motivation increases learning outcomes even in a very preliminary stage.
The increased self-confidence of teachers and learners alike helps clear the path for the introduction of other beneficial technologies in the classroom. In the foreseeable future, think of multi-display classrooms, 3D technology, 1:1 guided learning in local networks, physical
An emerging technology that is certainly worth mentioning is the so-called augmented reality. Its use in educational environments enhances the learners' understanding of spatial concepts by allowing them to study virtual 3D objects by manipulating a physical marker object in the line of sight of an augmented reality enabled camera. In combination with 3D enabled display solutions, the combination of the visual and tactile learning styles impact the understanding of complicated concepts enormously.
Source: New World of Learning (VANERUM Group).