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St. Mary’s School, Waverley – Progress

Dr Christina Preston

St. Mary’s School, Waverley – Progress


Interactive Whiteboard Project (Feb – April 2005)

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Author: Jenny Ketley Publication Date: 2005

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Training received:

  • Observation at BETT
  • Workshop at London School of Education


Training given:

  • Demo to Senior School staff
  • Individual training (hands-on training and assistance in putting actual lessons together)
  • 3 x English staff (12 sessions)
  • 1 x Drama (1 session)
  • 1 x Science (2 sessions)
  • 1 x sport staff (1 session)
  • Demo to Maths staff
  • Demo to Junior School staff
  • Demo for School Board of Governors
  • Demo for parents attending a school function
  • Demo for Press/Promethean
  • Demo for Dominican Convent, St John’s College and Hyde Park High School


Lessons prepared:

  • Maths – Demo lesson for Press and Maths staff
  • Form I (Grade 8) Angles (Right, Acute, Obtuse)
  • Estimating size
  • Measurement with protractor
  • Angles in building/nature
  • English – Poetry lesson, Dylan Thomas
  • Bibliograohy, and
  • “Do not go gentle into that good night”
  • Graphics and sound clips
  • John Keats – poetry, “Ode on a Grecian Urn”, sourced off the Internet and annotated
  • Hamlet – using resource library material and annotations
  • The Tempest – using resource library material and annotating
  • Literary Essay – planning and constructing a literary essay using the strategies employed in hockey
  • (hockey field from resource library, graphics of St Mary’s girls to move around field)
  • Computer Studies – Grade 11 and 12 – All theory lessons
  • Summaries and annotations
  • Information Technology – Grade 8 and 9
  • Modern technologies and features of the IWB
  • Biology – Heart (using resource library material)
  • Labeled and students to label
  • Snakes and Ladders – Primary School – using board and counters from resource library and virtual dice
  • Hockey – Strategy and positions – using hockey field from resource library, graphics of our own girls to move around on the field
  • Other lessons simply using the IWB as a “write-on” resource with the added facility of being able to “flip” back to previous pages and to save.


Pupil Feedback:

  • The students have been excited by the technology
  • They are eager to volunteer to participate in the lesson and to use the IWB themselves
  • It has energized lessons – both from the student concentration span and participation
  • They enjoy having a say in the background colours and pen colours used
  • They like the fact that if they have missed something in the lesson, or have missed the lesson, they can access the material on the intranet.
  • Generally they love being taught in the auditorium, using the IWB


Behaviour Changes:

  • Concentration span is increased
  • Student participation and interaction have increased
  • Students are engaged with the flow of the lesson and the lesson material, as well as the teacher
  • Students are less easily distracted and have far fewer conversations amongst themselves during the lesson (communication happens within the wider context of the lesson)
  • Students are going home with “you know what we did today” stories to their parents, who are amazed after having had “How was your day?”/”Fine” conversations for the duration of their child’s senior school years.
  • The teachers using the IWB are excited about their lessons and using the board
  • IWB tools used – The teachers are developing in their use of the Activ Studio tools
  • As they master some, they are curious about what more they could do


Tools to learn:

  • I need to know how one attaches actions to objects on the board
  • I want to be able to animate objects


Plans for Term 2:

  • Increase the number of staff using the IWB
  • Offer support in use of the board and preparation of lessons to more staff
  • Install more boards in both the Junior and Senior School



It has been really exciting to be involved in introducing the staff and students to the Interactive Whiteboard. It has generated such an excitement amongst students, staff, governors and parents.


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References & Contacts

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