Technology is not white and black

14th January 2005 at 00:00
In response to your article on whiteboards (TES, December 3), I am compelled to share the vision that is held at St Paul's Catholic college, Burgess Hill. In September 2004, the college relocated to a new 31-acre site with each classroom fitted with an interactive whiteboard. During the 20034 academic year, several teaching staff, myself included, were responsible for creating online resources that could be fully utilised by students. The results have been fantastic.

To suggest that interactive whiteboards are a "waste" is totally absurd. I agree that staff may receive little or inappropriate training; however, this is something that schools and education authorities should address when planning effective in-service training and professional development.

As a head of religious education, I know that students are captivated by the vast resources available online, such as interactive tours and other sites. I firmly believe that interactive whiteboards become redundant when merely used to project images etc. The reality of the situation is that these teaching aids are invaluable when used effectively.

In an age when computer technology is centred on the minds of young people, teachers must harness this tool and provide an innovative and exciting curriculum that captivates and engages students.

I would very much like to hear the views of other teachers.

Marc Belli Head of religious education St Paul's Catholic college Jane Murray Way Burgess Hill, West Sussex

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