Departmental Bulletin Paper Evaluating Educational Technologies: Interactive White Boards and Tablet Computers in the EFL Classroom

NFOR, Samuel

40pp.37 - 48 , 2018-03-31 , Center for Education of Global Communication Foreign Language Education Division, University of Tsukuba , 筑波大学グローバルコミュニケーション教育センター外国語教育部門
One of the objectives outlined in "Trends and Development in Education, Science and Technology Policies": MEXT 2011 by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan is for all elementary and junior high students to use electronic versions of printed textbooks in the coming years. Students will use digital textbooks on tablet personal computers in classrooms with interactive whiteboards (IWB). This paper considers IWB and tablet computers (tablets) technologies for EFL learning and employs a language learning activity to demonstrate how IWB and tablets can be effectively implemented. The paper will discuss the pedagogic benefits and drawbacks of IWBs and tablets and will conclude that IWBs and tablets create a collaborative learning environment enabling scaffolding among students while also developing their digital literacy skills.

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