The impact of the interactive whiteboard on student achievement
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This study explored the results of the use of an interactive whiteboard in the instruction of classes of fourth, fifth and sixth grade students. It examined the mean pretest and posttest unit scores of two classes each of fourth grade mathematics, fifth grade English/Language Arts, and sixth grade science. The interactive whiteboard is a touch sensitive screen linked to a computer and a data projector. Images from the computer are projected onto the screen and can be manipulated by a finger or special pen to control the images; much like a mouse is used on a computer. The interactive whiteboard has recently progressed from being a novelty to standard equipment in many classrooms throughout the world. The following question guided this study: Did students whose teachers used an interactive whiteboard to aid instruction show a statistically significant increase in pretest to posttest scores as compared to students taught without the use of an interactive whiteboard? Two classes each of fourth grade mathematics, fifth grade English/Language Arts and sixth grade science students comprised the sample. The experimental group for the first unit in each discipline was that class receiving instruction with the aid of an interactive whiteboard and the control groups were those classes that received instruction without the use of an interactive whiteboard. In each case, the groups were reversed for the second unit with the experimental group becoming the control group and vice-versa. Use or non-use of the interactive whiteboard in each unit was the independent variable. The unit of analysis was the pretest/posttest mean student scores of each unit, and the dependent variable was the posttest scores of each unit. Students that experienced the interactive whiteboard performed significantly better in one of the fourth grade mathematics classes and in both of the sixth science classes.