The Gympie Civic centre.
The Gympie Civic centre.

Interactive whiteboard training

DIRECT National is holding a free-to-attend and accredited professional development session on interactive whiteboard technology at the Gympie Civic Centre in the Fossickers Room on Wednesday, February 22.

The beginners' session, which will run from approximately 4-5.15pm, is for any teacher in Gympie area wanting to improve their knowledge and skills on Easiteach Next Generation - RM's latest version of their popular software which can be used on any interactive whiteboard.

A complimentary afternoon will be provided from 3.30pm, as well as a show bag with give-away stationary items on arrival.

As more principals and teachers have the seen the value of interactive whiteboards in the classroom, installations across Queensland schools have been steadily rising. As a leading supplier of interactive whiteboards to schools all over Queensland, Direct National believes proper training is vital for teachers in order for them to fully embrace interactive technology and realise its potential for the modern classroom, including its ability to engage today's tech savvy children.

"Children don't learn the way we used to. They don't respond to chalk and talk anymore," said Direct National's Training Manager Rachelle Connor, a former teacher who first embraced interactive whiteboard technology while teaching in the UK.

Without proper training, Connor believes, teachers are often overwhelmed by interactive whiteboards and the potential they hold in terms of students' learning is wasted because teachers don't feel confident using their boards or the software that comes with them.

"It's a shame because schools and P&C associations are spending a great deal of money rolling out this technology, but unless teachers feel confident and are sure of their ability to use their boards then they simply sit there unused," she says.

Direct National's training department has responded to the need to provide teachers with more professional development on their interactive whiteboards by holding free accredited training sessions across Queensland.

Schools or individual teachers who are interested in Direct National's interactive whiteboard training session at the Gympie Civic Centre can register online at or by phone on 3356 8688.

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