How much will interactive whiteboard training cost me?

Friday, January 22nd, 2010 | IWBs, training

When technology is introduced into a school, school management must budget for adequate training.  As a rule of thumb, the amount earmarked for training must not be less than the amount spent on the technology.  This principle also applies to interactive whiteboards.

“But then interactive whiteboards will cost us an arm and a leg!” a school manager may lament.  And this is not an understatement.
Fanciful stories are told about the origin of the expression “an arm and a leg”.  One of them is that, in times past, artists based their charges for portraits on the number of arms and legs that appeared in the picture.  This is a fallacy. The idiom was coined during the last century – it is used to stress how outrageously expensive something is.  A similar saying is “to give one’s right arm”, indicating that you are willing to sacrifice your dominant limb – something very valuable – to reach an objective.  It follows that paying an arm and a leg for training means that you are making a considerable sacrifice to gain the required skills.

Your school, or education department, should be prepared to make a financial sacrifice to empower you to use your interactive whiteboard.  During the planning phase of an interactive classroom, training costs must be factored into the total cost of ownership.

But what about you – the teacher?  Is it expected that you also sacrifice an arm and a leg?

It may not be required of you to pay for training courses, but when training is available it is expected that you should sacrifice time to benefit from the opportunity.  Often training is offered after work hours, over the week-end, or during vacation periods.  You will also need time to practise.  This is where you need to make a sacrifice.  Time and effort are the two things you should be willing to sacrifice for the sake of your professional development.

It is difficult to put an exact price tag on interactive whiteboard training – circumstances differ.  But don’t hesitate to make a personal sacrifice when you have to learn new technology to become a better teacher.

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3 Comments to How much will interactive whiteboard training cost me?

Friday, 22 January, 2010

Inexpensive….. The vendor will do the first-initial-with-the-purchase-package-training, thereafter the Khanya Facilitators will enforce the development, then your HOD / compentent EIAWB educator and then …. traing for YOURSELF by Yourself !!

Explore, play with it, try it out, open some “files” touch and draw here and there, go into the folders and the content, go to the EIAWB website …. the BEST part is when a collegue ask for help on how to do this or that, then show him or her how to and then … both of you will stumble over a “new” feature….. and you have been a EIAWB Discoverer of something new !!

Albie train the trainer and myself

Friday, 22 January, 2010

As an educator it does not have to cost you anything financially but only time, effort and enthusiasm. The arm and the leg will be your sacrifice of your time to empower yourself. Explore the software, have fun, be creative, do what you have always done as an educator. What are educators good at? Finding ways to bring work across in such a way that learners understand. With the EWB resources this can be achieved in a faster, less stressful and enjoyable way. We all have creativity within us and when challenged it in the right path we become our own source of joy. So don’t think you have to be a computer wizz, just have the passion to learn and explore new things. Success is not getting everything right the first time but sacrifice, endurance and the will to be able to try and try again.

Mark C
Saturday, 23 January, 2010

The one ingredient missing in schools is teamwork. Often people working in the same departments do not meet on a regular basis to share common experiences. Everything goes ahead until the term tests or exams come. Why I mention this is that we can use every opportunity to sharpen our ICT skills. For example, holding a meeting with an IAWB also double as an informal, incidental learning experience. In addition, why don’t we (educators) have special sessions (such as maths and science days) where we discuss matters pertinent to solving problems but just including the IAWB? How about just allowing learners to “mess around” on the board, watching them because they WILL come up with something new and then just learn from them? While learners are doing seatwork, fiddle with the board. It might distract them, but then again they might learn something new.
There is an Afrikaans saying:”Steel met die oog.” I do a lot of that and don’t apologise for it. Afterwards I follow Nike’s advice-Just Do IT! And then doing it again. We can adopt the attitude of “I might not be the best but I am getting better”.
There is at least one practice I can credit my father with which I too carry over to my children. When he came from work he always asked: “What you learn today and did you win?” The latter referred to whether we understood what we were doing. Should we not adopt the same attitude of learning and winning with technology?

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