Want to know more about what happened to the canteen, or why electronic whiteboards are the thing to have. You can suggest topics for P&C discussion and if there is anything you want to know about, we will try to provide relevant information. Teaching and education related topics should be directed to the teaching staff at the school.
The P&C works with the principal and teachers in deciding where the raised funds are best spent for the school. However, the views and suggestions of parents are also sought. What things would you like the school to spend P&C fundraising?
The use of IWB’s seems relatively new and so finding good quality information about them was not that easy. However, I had added a few links below depending on your level of interest. However, the general view of them seems to be summarised by the statement below.
“The findings of this study found that the use of interactive whiteboards is viewed positively by system administrators, school executives, teachers and many students. Teachers in particular liked the organisational capacity of the boards and the visual impact. Students commented on the way use of such boards saved paper and the match of such technology with their use of technology outside of the school. Learning outcomes observed were not specifically related to IWB usage, although most teachers appreciated the way it could be used to achieve quality teaching framework elements of connectedness and engagement.”
Exploring Pedagogy with interactive whiteboards, Prof. S Schuck & Dr. M. Kearney, April 2007. NSW, Dept of Education. http://www.dec.nsw.gov.au/detresources/pedagogy_sVIYVjvNJH.pdf
Generally it seems they are a useful additional tool in the classroom for teachers, but how much they impact on the student’s learning continues to be dependent on the skill and enthusiasm of the teachers themselves. They certainly appear to help the teachers find new and interesting ways to present information, and allows them to organise and store past lesson’s more effectively. The use of IT in the classroom will be an increasingly important part of education, and it is great we can support Lathlain teachers to be as up to date as possible.