Smart teaching with interactive whiteboards for the study of human anatomy

An interactive whiteboard is a touch-sensitive screen that works in conjunction with a computer and a projector. The first interactive whiteboard was manufactured by SMART Technologies Inc. in 1991 [1].

Educators were the first people to recognize the interactive whiteboard's potential as a tool for collaboration, improving student learning outcomes and streamlining lesson planning.

Interactive whiteboards are an effective way to interact with digital content and multimedia in a multi-person learning environment. Learning activities with an interactive whiteboard may include, but are not limited to the following [2]:

  • Manipulating text and images
  • Making notes in digital ink
  • Saving notes for later review by using e-mail, the Web or print
  • Viewing websites as a group
  • Demonstrating or using software at the front of a room without being tied to a computer
  • Creating digital lesson activities with templates, images and multimedia
  • Writing notes over educational video clips
  • Using presentation tools that are included with the whiteboarding software to enhance learning materials
  • Showcasingstudentpresentations

This type of tool promotes creative teaching and motivates students into absorbing information.Teaching with an interactive whiteboard allows lecturers to accommodate all different learning styles [3]:

  • Tactile learners get to touch and move things around the board. They can also make notes and highlight elements;
  • Visual learners benefit from a clear view of what is happening on the board;
  • Audio learners can participate in a class discussion;

Interactive whiteboard allows you to make exercise more fun and intuitive. Use the interactive whiteboard teacher can demonstrate interactive materials on the surface, to develop the theme classes itself and attract students to actively work with the board, making lessons more vivid and interesting [4].

Everything that happens on the board can be saved in a file that students can copy the end of the session on his stick. The software allows you to create interactive whiteboards unique educational materials to help students become involved in the learning process more actively, willingly and quickly assimilate new information. Interactive Whiteboard in the department of normal anatomy of the Kazakh National Medical University is set in the computer lab, which has a number of advantages, as it allows to use the interactive whiteboard on some options:

  • As a shield during a demonstration training videos and movies
  • Slide show in 3D
  • To carry out a control test on the picturesque tests
  • To conduct training sessions on the picturesque tests
  • Create training flipcharts for all sections of anatomy
  • To attract students to the creation of training and control flip charts and videos
  • Prepare a PowerPoint slides on all topics of lectures and workshops for the interactive whiteboard
  • Create a utility programs by which to develop videos to meet the challenges of organ systems that require to achieve the results of a number of successive actions
  • By drawing tests displayed on the interactive whiteboard to conduct self- knowledge of students and to teach them to learn new material, consolidating the knowledge obtained from the textbook. To realize the full capabilities of the interactive whiteboard and a computer class in our department we are working on updating the database with the electronic media in all areas of anatomy, including videos and slides in the format of 3D, allowing to understand the complex of clinical aspects of the various sections of the anatomy.

First-year students face with a huge amount of information and new Latin terms with the first classes in anatomy. We have created a flipchart "Osteology" for them.

Designed flipchart allows students to classify the bones of the skeleton, with the stylus distribute them to different columns, swap, put them in a certain order and carry out all these activities are material, and the collective actions of the group allows each student actively discussing and debating the whole group. to attend both as a "learning" and as a "training".

Activities such as "brainstorming" or "group brainstorming" are remembered for a long time students, it is easier to digest the



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Year: 2014
City: Almaty
Category: Medicine