Title: Educational technology in Abu Dhabi public schools: teaching with interactive whiteboards (IWBs)
Authors: Olga Samsonova
Addresses: Higher Colleges of Technology, P.O. Box 41012, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Abstract: The main purpose of this study was to evaluate Abu Dhabi public school teachers' perceptions of interactive whiteboards (IWBs) and find out how this technology is used in the classroom setting. This study was conducted at the Teacher Training Institute in Abu Dhabi, UAE during professional development sessions in January 2019. One hundred twenty-three teachers (Grades K-12) from numerous public schools completed structured pre and post-training surveys and were participants of group discussions. The result of the study highlighted a positive attitude and a great deal of satisfaction among most teachers towards IWBs. Preparing lessons, teaching, engaging, and motivating students, as well as assessing with IWBs all appeared to be beneficial for public school teachers. The research stressed the main benefits of IWBs usage and provided suggestions for professional development sessions on IWBs to be more effective for teachers' practice.
Keywords: interactive whiteboards; public school teachers; technology; professional development sessions; assessing with technology.
International Journal of Technology Enhanced Learning, 2021 Vol.13 No.1, pp.60 - 77
Received: 28 Jun 2019
Accepted: 06 Oct 2019
Published online: 12 Oct 2020 *