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https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13664530.2017.1363083 This paper investigates teachers’ adoption and use of a popular technology that has been extensively supported by governments and school systems: the interactive whiteboard (IWB). The study suggests that a number of the barriers identified in the early days of adoption and use of this technology, such as professional support and access, still remain for many teachers, thereby impeding effective practices. The research also found that primary school teachers were using the technology in diverse ways, in contrast to secondary teachers who were using the IWB mainly for instructionist, presentational purposes. We conclude by considering various ways of reducing the effect of the identified barriers to support implementation of educational technologies in the classroom, especially the next generation of technologies promoted by governments and systems. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/319474615_Teachers%27_technology_adoption_and_practices_lessons_learned_from_the_IWB_phenomenon

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Understanding the barriers to such a popular technology provides lessons for the current and future suite of technologies that are sitting there in the classroom not being used.


The research was motivated by commentary at the time that technology investment by governments is sometimes results in levels of adoption that is underwhelming or the extent of the adoption is basic at best. The paper

Professor Paul F Burke
University of Technology Sydney

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This page is a summary of: Teachers’ technology adoption and practices: lessons learned from the IWB phenomenon, Teacher Development, September 2017, Taylor & Francis,
DOI: 10.1080/13664530.2017.1363083.
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