Multi-modal representations in primary science: what's offered by interactive whiteboard technology
Australian Science Teachers Association
Faculty of Education and Arts
School of Education / Centre for Schooling and Learning Technologies
This paper reports on exploratory research that examined how students learn Science with an interactive whiteboard. In this study, the IWB was found to support a range of multimodal representation types including verbal, graphic, tabular, mathematical, pictorial and kinaesthetic. The affordances offered by the technology are discussed in this paper and examples from primary science classrooms are used to illustrate how students learn Science and demonstrate understanding through the multiple representations afforded by interactive whiteboard technology.