Smartboard Research

Research Study Results Documenting the Impact of Electronic Whiteboards on Teaching and Learning



Teachers' Perceptions Regarding the Use of the Interactive Electronic Whiteboard in Instruction
Findings: Interactive and collaborative qualities of board use were regarded as important reasons for using the equipment.

Teacher Perceptions

Findings: "All staff who used the Whiteboard were extremely enthusiastic about the possibilities of the technology and a lot were inspired to use technology more in their lessons and were given confidence by the fact that the Whiteboard was reliable and easy to use."

What is uniquely contributed by the interactive whiteboard?

In other words, what teaching and learning benefits cannot be achieved with a large display alone?
Findings: "The interactive whiteboard is an effective medium for teacher input to the whole class, and for reviewing the lesson. The teacher is able to present from the front, and is better positioned to observe pupils' response. ... [It is ] an effective support for teacher-led group work

Language Arts

Interactive use of the board in 8th grade writing class
Findings: Statistically significant improvement in student attitudes towards both using computers in instruction and towards writing instruction.
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Math Intervention "SMART" Project (Student Mathematical Analysis and Reasoning with Technology)
Findings: Grade one Math study showed significant growth in experimental group v. traditional teaching


Report on the Use of the SMART Board Interactive Whiteboard in Physical Science to counteract gender differences
Findings: Found that use of SMART Board to visualize complex phenomena may help women gain knowledge in physical science classes.

Special Needs

The Aural Enabler: Creating a Way for Special Needs Kids to Participate in the Classroom Lesson Will the SMART Board assist in improving language skills of special needs students, and as a result, stimulate positive participation and retention in classroom activities? Does the SMART Board improve the learning environment for special needs students?

Findings: "
The special needs teacher noted that the most significant attribute was the attention and motivation the students had when working with the board. During the course of the study, there was no diminishment in enthusiasm and the students continued to want to complete most tasks using the board. The collaborative interaction within the group improved over time. This sustained motivation and persistence with the use of the board are the two key factors in aiding with learning outcomes.

She noted an increase in the level of participation of all students in both grades. There appeared to be a correlation between the need for modification and the change in the degree of participation by the students."

Student Self Efficacy

Gains in Self-Efficacy: Using SMART Board Interactive Whiteboard Technology in Special Education ClassroomsE/BD adolescent social behavior (limited study)
Findings:  "In the academic setting, they yielded significant increases in their self-esteem, appropriate peer relations, and overall self worth."

Student Perceptions

Findings: "Students were motivated and said that their learning had benefited from the use of the Whiteboard. They liked the idea of being able to see what they were supposed to be doing rather than being shown on their own computer. This links in with accelerated learning techniques involving visual rather than verbal instruction. The students said their attention was more focused from having a large focal point and color image within the room."