The iTILT project, interactive Technologies In Language Teaching, helps teachers integrate the interactive whiteboard (IWB) into communicative teaching approaches. In the framework of this two-year European Lifelong Learning project (2011-13) project researchers (itilt.eu/partners) in 7 countries (Belgium, France, Germany, Netherlands, Spain, Turkey & the UK) followed 44 teachers of 6 languages (English, Dutch, French, Spanish, Turkish & Welsh) across 4 levels of education (primary, secondary, higher and vocational) and varying levels of language proficiency (CEFR level A1 through C2). The resulting 81 class films formed the basis for selecting over 250 short video clips (itilt.eu/resources) of classroom practice which are presented on the project website alongside teacher and learner commentary, and associated teaching materials, including IWB files. Also available on the project website are the iTILT training handbook and iTILT teaching materials for different language areas.
In order to integrate technology successfully into their daily practice, teachers need adequate training and support in how to use the tool communicatively, to be aware of strategies and procedures for designing effective IWB materials, and to have the opportunity to reflect on their own practice. iTILT provides teachers and teacher educators with a platform to do this through its project website which includes training materials and teaching practice:
- iTILT video resources providing examples of over 250 classroom activities www.itilt.eu/Resources
- the iTILT training manual in six languages www.itilt.eu/itilt-training-handbook
- iTILT teaching materials for several languages, levels, and ages www.itilt.eu/teaching-materials
- iTILT library with links to IWB material collections, IWB literature, information on copyright and much more. www.itilt.eu/library
- an online community of educational experts and language teaching practitioners are sharing their IWB experience and materials
All iTILT materials are open source, free of charge and made available under the Creative Commons licence above. This license allows others to download the work and share it as long as they credit the owner and do not change it in any way or use it commercially.
The project, financed under the Lifelong-Learning-Programme (Key Activity 2), started in January 2011. In the first few months, the partnership developed a training handbook and teaching materials for using the IWB in a communicative language class. It includes practical guidelines for evaluating and designing IWB materials. The handbook and the teaching materials formed the basis for the training sessions with the project teachers conducted in September 2011 in the seven partner countries.
From October 2011 until June 2012, the project team collected illustrations of teachers using the IWB in classrooms.
These classroom illustrations were tested and piloted twice: once with the project teachers and a second time with the project´s dissemination partners. The website was launched in January 2013; the project ends in April 2013.
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