Promethean World Interactive Whiteboards
Miranda in Promethean's ACTIVWorld project
Promethean's Press Release from January 2005
Promethean, leaders in interactive technology, are working with the MirandaNet Fellowship to make a difference to the education of learners.
These long-term partners are undertaking one of the largest world-wide studies ever, to evaluate the impact of Promethean's interactive whiteboard technology on pupils' achievement and on the transformation of the learning experience in schools.
The MirandaNet Fellowship is a non-profit making international fellowship of government, education and industry representatives. The aim is to enrich lifelong learning using electronic multimedia across national, cultural, commercial and political divides.
Christina Preston, the founder of MirandaNet, says: - 'MirandaNet are very privileged and excited to be undertaking this project. We believe that there are substantial results around the corner which will prove how interactive technology can act as a catalyst for change and therefore make a real difference to the future education of our children.'
A core ACTIV teaching community of 24 expert practitioners from the global membership is being created in this pilot to investigate the links between classroom technology and achievement. UK MirandaNet Fellows who are already expert Promethean ACTIVboard users are supporting teachers in this action research study in China, Mexico and South Africa over three years. Four resident teachers per country will be assisted by their UK mentors. There will be at least 300 learners involved as well as universities and government agencies. Another three countries will begin this action research in 2007 and then every two years after that as an ongoing study. The plan is to create a knowledge base online that shares international teachers' ACTIVboard experience and resources in all curriculum areas.
Stephen Jury, Chief Executive Officer of Promethean says: 'Pupil accomplishment and performance will be measured at critical points in the schools' syllabus, analysing achievement in classes with interactive whiteboards and those without. It is important that this study is undertaken over a number of years so that a benchmark can be established and considered in the coming years. This is important research, which will evaluate the role of technology and in particular, interactive whiteboards, in the learning environment.'
Visitors to the MirandaNet website will be able to follow the progress of this ACTIVboard project by following the link to Interactive Whiteboard E-Journal. Teachers will even be able to advise on best practice in implementing and using this interactive technology. An ACTIV community of users will have an internal online link to exchange ideas, newsletters and invitations; to present at conferences and seminars; as well as opportunities to publish and use the World Ecitizens environment.
Details of the work that MirandaNet undertook from 2002 - 2004, funded by Promethean, can be found on the the MirandaNorth web site. This builds on earlier work, which is reported in detail on the Interactive Whiteboard Project page.