A research paper by iTILT partners Euline Cutrim Schmid and Shona Whyte has just been published in Language Learning and Technology (June issue). The paper discusses teachers' use of IWBs in German and French primary and secondary schools, showing teachers exploiting the board in different ways, for different pedagogical objectives. They collected these data at the preparatory stage of the iTILT project and now we're interested to see whether our data teachers in different European countries use the IWB in similar ways.
One of the main objectives of iTILT is to help teachers learn to use the IWB effectively in their language classes. But teachers of course have many different ideas about effective second language teaching and learning. Teachers new to the IWB, for example, may find it intimidating, as this video from the Oxford University Press ELT channel shows.
It is half-time in the iTILT-project: on 1 March 2012, the team submitted the progress report for the European project to the EACEA in Brussels. The assessment carried out by the Executive Agency was very positive: with a score of 8 out 10, the project fully addresses all seven criteria, “with some aspects of high quality”. The report explicitly stresses the dissemination activities and states that the number of professionals and public already reached is “impressive”.