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Instruction as orchestration: multimodal connection building with the interactive whiteboard

Littleton, Karen; Twiner, Alison and Gillen, Julia (2010). Instruction as orchestration: multimodal connection building with the interactive whiteboard. Pedagogies: An International Journal, 5(2) pp. 130–141.

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The interactive whiteboard (IWB), the first ICT tool primarily designed for whole-class interaction, is now in regular use in most British primary schools. In this paper, we explore its distinctive potential for enabling the teacher to plan and orchestrate activities and lessons using a wide range of multimodal resources, to engage students' cognitive and imaginative capacities. We show how teachers use combinations of 'matched resources' to support the bridging of pupils' understanding from the known to the new, and from everyday to academic understandings. We demonstrate how teachers can use the IWB to resource the development of ideas and themes over time while maintaining spontaneous responsiveness to situations as they arise, effectively enacting Sawyer's notion of teaching as 'disciplined improvisational performance'.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2010 Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc.
ISSN: 1554-480X
Keywords: interactive whiteboard; multimodality; orchestration of resources; teaching as improvisational performance
Academic Unit/Department: Education and Language Studies
Education and Language Studies > Centre for Language and Communication
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Item ID: 20917
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Date Deposited: 06 May 2010 11:46
Last Modified: 23 Mar 2015 09:20
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