According to a representative of the Department of General Education Tomsk Tomsk Oblast Yuri Serov, the region does not have a single institution, which would not have at least one interactive whiteboard. On average, the school has three or four boards. In general, over the past three years on federal funds to educational institutions in the region were purchased more than one thousand interactive whiteboards, and the schools need more of the same amount of gadgets. So far, they have fully equipped with only a primary link.
An interactive whiteboard is a large touch screen that works as a part of the system, which also includes a computer and a projector. With the help of a projector image of the computer desktop is projected onto the surface of the interactive whiteboard. In this case, the board acts as a shield. With the projected image to the board to work with, make changes and notes. All changes are recorded in the files on the computer, can be saved and later edited and re-written to removable media. In this case, the electronic board operates as an input device.
Board can be controlled with a special stylus, or by touching a finger. It depends on what kind of technologies have been used in the manufacture of boards. Communication boards and computer-sided, and a finger or a pen (stylus pen) interactive whiteboard acts as a mouse.
According to the head of the company — the federal coordinator of the project "Center of Competence: an interactive learning environment" (Moscow) Eugene Koziorova, interactive boards are often a good incentive to increase the interest of pupils to learn, and their desire to work in the classroom with the use of these gadgets is greatly increased. He noted that while in Russia, only 15% of classrooms are equipped with interactive whiteboards, while, for example, in the UK the number is 85%. In this case, while the ability of teachers to work with innovative new products is poor.
He noted that it is important to teach the teachers to understand the capabilities of the equipment, to understand the modifications and to determine which models are suitable for the job, "not to go on about the suppliers." "This is a very difficult instrument, one of the few types of equipment, which itself" piece of iron "- a tip of the iceberg, and many hidden under water. And our job is to here this underwater part've seen all", — Koziorov said.
According to the head of the project "Interactive Learning Environments," Yuri Yakovlev, due to the shortcomings of legislation, in particular, the imperfections of competitive procedures, often school boards are buying at the lowest price. Technical possibilities of such a product is very limited.
"It makes sense to train high-quality boards, boards of simple and sweet nothing. Bulletin of the old generation with incomplete functionality, but it's hard to cope with this, you need to change the law. According to our laws, the best board can not pass on the tender … trained to work on the board of the new generation you can work at lower models. Therefore, our project takes over the function, train personnel, certify them ", — Said Yakovlev.
The experts also noted that the market often come across low-quality interactive whiteboards in China, and the school also buy them.
Serov stressed that it is important not only to buy advanced equipment, but also train the teachers how to use it. "Unfortunately, experience shows that being in school, it is not entirely used effectively due to the fact that not everyone knows what to do with it, "- He said.
"In many areas were, and asked a question — what percentage of the effective use of boards in your area. Figures were two years ago and 10% last year, this year called the 15%", — Koziorov said. He noted that the percentage increased efficiency due to the fact that "People began to go more to the Internet, there are more resources, and have little to educate themselves."
In February 2013 in Tomsk open three centers of competence to teach the interactive whiteboard. Similar centers are planned to open in parts of the region.