Project Number 2011-1-IE-1-LEO05-03578
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Marketing Text Interactive whiteboards create a range of learning opportunities for both students and teachers. Studies have found them to be highly motivating and learner-centred when integrated innovatively. They offer a great facility for integrating media elements into teaching to enhance content and support collaborative learning. However, very often they may not be used to their full potential, serving in many cases as little more than a traditional whiteboard. Lack of training & hands-on practice is mentioned by teachers as one of the main obstacles to using this technology. The Smart VET project attempted to address this by developing an ICT supported, peer-to-peer training methodology, program & CPD materials in the area of IWBs. Through these outcomes the project has facilitated VET teachers with competencies needed to design educational resources suitable to be used with IWBs & to integrate them in everyday teaching activities to better address the needs of the new generation of learners.
The project aimed to support the continuous professional development of VET teachers in the use of interactive technology for teaching and learning. It aimed to transfer the good practice in the delivery of training on IWBs to the VET sector in Ireland and to provide VET teachers with competencies needed to design educational resources suitable to be used with IWBs and to integrate them in everyday teaching activities.
This was achieved by:
1. Undertaking a needs analysis of Irish VET teachers in terms of IWBs training
2. Selecting a pilot group of VET teachers in Co Wicklow VEC and training them as IWBs Champions
3. Developing a Training Course and CPD materials on IWBs based on the knowledge and experience of project partners
4. Creating an online Community of Practice for VET teachers.
5. Testing the CPD materials within VET teachers in Ireland
6. Disseminating the project outcomes across Europe.
Project outputs are of special interest to teachers, trainers and tutors who wish to improve their ICT skills and adopt use IWBs for the delivery of teaching and learning. A training programme, a suite of learning materials and an online Community of Practice were successfully developed to enable VET teachers to exchange their ideas and experience, to share new and innovative lessons and access a wide variety of professional development resources.
Description In the first year a Training Needs Analysis in relation to IWBs and ICT in general was carried out with Co Wicklow VEC teachers. The analysis informed the development of a comprehensive Training Programme and a suite of online and offline CPD tools and resources which were then pilot tested by teachers in Co Wicklow VEC. A group of IWB Champions were selected and trained on the new Programme and the practical use of the IWB technology. They then took on the responsibility of delivering the IWB training to their peers and providing assistance and support in the practical implementation projects in their classrooms. Pilot testing took place throughout country Wicklow in the form of a hands on, practical ‘boot camp’ and reached in excess of 200 VET teachers. Based on feedback from and external evaluation of the pilot testing, the draft Training programme and resources were amended and finalised. An IWB Implementation Model for VET organisations was also developed as a guideline for other VET organisations who wish to implement a similar program into their organisation. Dissemination took place throughout the lifespan of the project, culminating in a launch event which took place in Co. Kildare in October 2013. This event was attended by 80+ representatives from Education in Ireland and took the form of a formal unveiling of the project as well as mini bootcamps during which participants had to opportunity to use the materials with IWB’s themselves. Following this, a series of workshops for VET organisations were run throughout Ireland for teachers and tutors within the VET sector. These were very successful and many sessions were oversubscribed.
Open and distance learning
Information and Communication
Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities
Other Service Activities
program or curricula
Product information The main products of the project are a Training Programme on the use of IWB, a Learning Manual for teachers supported by a suite of online and offline CPD resources, an online community of practice and a Model on IWBs training implementation (Irish Context). All resources are available in English, Italian and Dutch.