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    SMART-Boards in University Teaching

    To put it bluntly, a SMART Board is „…nothing more than a large, touch-screen track-pad that enables a teacher to control a computer remotely using a pen or finger“ (Betcher/Lee 2009: 53). The question of the possible applications of SMART Boards as well as Interactive White Boards (IWBs) provided by other companies at JMU is thus quickly answered: “[I]f you can do it on your computer, you can do it on the IWB.” (ibid.:24f.).

    However, much more complex are the answers to the questions that necessarily proceed from this understanding: What is the additional educational value of an IWB? And how can the required deeper engagement with this new medium be justified?