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The subject of science lends itself naturally to lab experiments, field experiences and other “hands-on” activities. If well implemented, such activities can engage students and significantly increase learning. But if science education is to prepare students for life and for possible careers in science, providing hands-on activities is not enough.
Few educational products have reached the level of popularity of interactive whiteboards. An estimated 12 percent of American classrooms use the devices, and the numbers continue to grow. In a survey by the NSBA at the 2008 Technology + Learning conference, school administrators named the interactive whiteboard the device “most useful to support instruction and engage students” by a significant margin over other products, such as laptops, document cameras and audience-response systems.
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