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'Millions wasted on school technology' says Ribble Valley councillor
A TECHNOLOGY professional has claimed interactive whiteboards in our schools are turning into ‘white elephants’.
Ribble Valley councillor, parent and school governor Ged Mirfin said millions spent on the technology was being wasted due to their underuse.
He caused a storm on professional network Linked In when he said most teachers would never be as advanced as the ‘super user’ the electronic boards were designed for.
A former top research manager at education technology firm Promethean, he said that hi-tech tools were often purchased without plans to individually train teachers.
The St Leonards Primary school governor said the introduction of iPads and NetBooks could also see whiteboards become ‘expensive projectors’.
Mr Mirfin spoke out in response to educators looking for whiteboard technology lesson plan tips.
He said: “Promethean invested heavily in a highly developed and praiseworthy accreditation scheme and a raft of training materials and teaching resources. A lot of this is material is available through resource site Promethean Planet.
“The problem is that teachers are taught primarily to teach their own subject area - not how to teach using interactive whiteboards.
“The millions of pounds spent on IWB technology are potentially becoming wasted. Interactive whiteboards are becoming a white elephant in the classroom - underutilised and underexploited.”
He added: “At St Leonards we are introducing staff who are very IT aware to address these issues.”
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