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Blackboards could be the new (old) tech you need

‘Old-fashioned’ blackboards have been rubbed out – but they are perfect for pupil-centred pedagogy, writes Eimer C Page

A visitor entering my classroom more than 15 years ago, when I taught in the UK, would have been struck by neat rows of desks, large windows and – in pride of place – a thick electronic whiteboard fixed to the wall.

I spent half my time figuring out how to use that interactive whiteboard. It had replaced a simple whiteboard, and it became a bit of an albatross in my teaching. I remember taking ages creating timelines and other materials on my laptop in order to project them on to the screen. It was occasionally useful to be able to embed a link in the notes on the board, but when a student ...

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