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SMART in Mathematics? Exploring the effects of in-class-level differentiation using SMARTboard on math proficiency

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This paper explored the effects of in-class-level differentiation by making innovative use of an interactive whiteboard (SMARTboard) on math proficiency. Therefore, this paper evaluates the use of SMARTboard in class, in combination with teacher training, using a randomized field experiment among 199 pre-vocational students in seventh grade in the Netherlands. During 6 weeks, students in the intervention group participated in math classes in which the SMARTboard was used to apply level differentiation. The teachers of these classes received a specific training (Technological Pedagogical and Content Knowledge [TPACK]) in using the SMARTboard in class. Control classes were taught by teachers without the training, who did not use the SMARTboard in class. The results showed that level differentiation in class, which was possible because of the efficient use of the SMARTboard, significantly increased math proficiency with 0.25 points.

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  • EDUCATIONAL-TECHNOLOGY APPLICATIONS, INTERACTIVE WHITEBOARDS, SCIENCE TEACHERS, TPACK, METAANALYSIS, ACHIEVEMENT, COMPETITION, KNOWLEDGE, SCHOOLS
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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)145-161
Number of pages17
JournalBritish Journal of Educational Technology
Volume48
Issue number1
Early online date2015
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Publication statusPublished - Jan 2017