Using the multimodal affordances of the interactive whiteboard to support students' understanding of texts

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Learning, Media and Technology, 2011, 36 (3), pp. 235 - 250
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The purpose of the study reported on here was to explore ways in which the interactive whiteboard (IWB) can support students' understanding of texts. A Year 3 and a Year 4 primary school class in New South Wales, Australia, is the focus of the research. A qualitative case study was carried out using multimodal analysis focusing on the use of an e-book displayed via the IWB. The results of the study indicate that the IWB can support students' understanding of a narrative to prepare them to write a whole-class response through providing increased access to a range of resources that are multimodal in nature. The way the interactive features of the IWB can facilitate access to multimodal resources to cater for student needs is also discussed.
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