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Effective Learning. This brief paper seeks to measure the effect of using an Interactive whiteboards in the teaching of IT on attainment.

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´╗┐Effective Teaching for Effective Learning Module Assignment Word Count: 3077 Effective Learning for Effective Teaching Section 1 Background There are five National Priorities in Education (see appendix two). The first of these is ?Achievement and Attainment?. This priorities aim is ?To Raise standards of educational attainment for all schools??. The second priority is ?Framework for learning?. Its aim is ?? to enhance school environments so that they are conductive to teaching and learning?. This brief paper seeks to measure the effect of using an Interactive whiteboards in the teaching of IT on attainment. Specifically when they are used to demonstrate and teach the use of software, in this case Spreadsheets. An Interactive Whiteboard is a large, touch sensitive board which, is connected to a computer. The computer is also connected to a projector which, projects the computer screen on to the board. The computer can then be controlled using the Interactive Whiteboard. There has been recent, and considerable, investment in the installation of Interactive Whiteboards in schools throughout the UK (Glover & Miller, quoted on Becta website). Although a relatively new innovation in teaching, there has been some research conducted already. Levy (quoted on Becta website) found the following benefits associated with the use of Interactive boards: 1. Increases the enjoyment of lessons through more dynamic use of resources, with associated gains in motivation. 2. Greater opportunities for participation and collaboration developing students personal and social skills. 3. Enables students to be more creative in presenting to their classmates, increasing self confidence. 4. Sharing of ideas and resources among teachers. On a similar theme, Smith (quoted on Becta website), conclluded that: 1. Students are able to cope with more complex concepts as a result of clearer, more efficient & more dynamic presentations. 2. Interactive Whiteboards are versatile with applications for all ages across the curriculum. McCormick & Scrimshaw (2001) (quoted in Glover & Millar) ...read more.


8 15 Peter 3 3 7 13 Rose 3 2 6 11 Christina 2 2 5 9 Ross 4 4 7 15 Total 18 16 38 72 The results for the experimental group were as follows: Group 2 ? Experimental group KU PS PA Total Susan 3 4 7 14 Hazel 4 2 7 13 John-Paul 3 2 6 11 Hamish 4 5 8 17 Frazer 3 3 7 13 Amberley 3 3 5 11 Total 20 19 40 79 Results Analysis While not every pupil in the experimental group out performed every pupil in the control group, there was an overall increase in attainment, which largely followed the pupils CAT scores and prior attainment. 1. For Knowledge and Understanding, the control groups overall score (18 out of 30) was 60% while the experimental groups score (20 out of 30) was 66%. This represents an overall increase in attainment of 6 %. 2. For Problem Solving the control groups overall score (16 out of 30) was 53% while the experimental groups score (19 out of 30) was 63%. This represents an overall increase in attainment of 10%. 3. For Practical Ability, the control groups overall score (38 out of 60) was 63% while the experimental groups score (40 out of 60) was 66%. This represents an overall increase in attainment of 3%. There is a significant variation in results across all three constructs. Whilst one could arguably have predicted some improvement the variation is significant. The most striking result is the increase of 10% in Problem Solving. The Knowledge and Understanding also improved significantly. These were perhaps to be expected due to a longer teacher exposition and the visual impact of the board. The increase in Practical Ability is the most marginal and somewhat unexpected as with greater ?hands on? experience in the experimental group, one could have predicted that this element should show the most significant variation. ...read more.


PS (1) Q4 What formula has been used in D6? KU (1) Q5 Mac did not type formula in all of column D, how did he get the answers? PS (2) Q6 The formula in cell D10 is an example of what kind of function? KU (1) Q7 Explain how to change the format of a cell so that it looks like money. KU (2) Q8 Explain how to change the alignment of row 3. KU (1) Practical Task Using Microsoft Excel, you are going to create a spreadsheet showing pupils scores in a series of class tests. The spreadsheet should be laid out as shown below. (2) Centre align and make bold the headings. (2) Use a sum formula to calculate pupil totals. (2) Merge the cells in row 1 and make them bold. (2) Replication should be used for the formula in column E. (1) Use a 14 Pt font size and change the column width and row height. (1) Appendix Two The National Priorities in Education 1. Achievement and Attainment To raise standards of educational attainment for all schools, especially in the core skills of literacy and numeracy, and to achieve and to achieve better levels in national measure of achievement results. 2. Framework for Learning To support and develop the skills of teachers, the self discipline of pupils and to enhance school environments so that they are conductive to teaching and learning. 3. Inclusion and Equality To promote equality and help every pupil benefit from education, with particular regard paid to pupils with disabilities and special educational needs, and to Gaelic and other lesser used languages. 4. Values and Citizenship To work with parents to teach pupils respect for self and one another and their independence with other members of their neighborhood and society to teach them the duties and responsibilities of citizenship in a democratic society. 5. Learning for Life To equip pupils with the foundation skills, attitudes and expectations necessary to prosper in a changing society and to encourage creativity and ambition. ...read more.

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