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Research Into Teaching with Whole class Interactive Technologies (RITWIT)

Research Into Teaching with Whole class Interactive Technologies (RITWIT)

An International Conference hosted at the University of Cambridge, June 29-30, 2009

Themed issue of Technology, Pedagogy and Education

Journal Call for Papers now available for download

Conference overview

The conference focuses on research into the pedagogy underlying use of innovative tools such as interactive whiteboards, visualisers, tablet PCs, remote input devices, voting systems, etc. How does their use facilitate or inhibit more effective whole class teaching and learning at school level? What are the implications for teacher development and educational policy?

The conference is for educational researchers, practitioners at all levels of experience (student teachers to senior leaders), teacher educators, advisers and consultants, inspectors and policymakers. Non-presenting delegates are very welcome.


  • To exchange ideas, debate and explore issues arising in depth; to illuminate some of the key challenges facing researchers, practitioners, school leaders and policymakers in this area
  • To disseminate research findings and take stock of how use of whole class technologies have facilitated / inhibited teaching and learning
  • To move forward our collective thinking in this area; to develop a future research agenda and ideas for improving practice
  • To compare practice in different settings and countries and to set up national / international research and writing collaborations.

Conference Themes

Three broad themes are characterised at the school, national and international levels, each with a number of suggested subthemes and questions to help exemplify it (see Call for Papers for details of themes and presentation formats). Presentation content is flexible within the broad headings:

  1. Pedagogy and classroom activity

  2. Developing practice

  3. Learning from other settings

Keynote speakers

Mal Lee, Director of Schools Networking Consortium and Managing Director of EdDirect, Australia, will offer an international perspective on the challenges facing practitioners, school leaders and policymakers in integrating whole class interactive technologies.

Niel McLean, Executive Director - Institutional Workforce and Development & Learning and Teaching, Becta.

Karen Littleton, Professor of Psychology in Education at the University of Jyväskylä in Finland, is our Conference Discussant and will lead a session pulling together emerging themes and issues for subsequent discussion by all participants.

Sylvia Rojas-Drummond is unfortunately no longer able to join us as she has been asked to lead a major evaluation of an elementary school curriculum review in Mexico which will now occupy all of her time over the coming months.

See their profiles and abstracts on the Keynote Speakers page.


We expect to produce a peer reviewed, themed issue of the journal Technology, Pedagogy and Education (edited by Sara Hennessy & Paul Warwick, to appear in June 2010). Presenters are invited to submit a full or short paper for consideration. Outcomes of formal and informal discussion sessions are expected to include plans for collaborative research and writing.

Contact Us

Conference Administrator:

Please direct all enquiries to Bryony Horsley-Heather

  • email:
  • telephone: +44 (0)1223 767659

Conference Organisers:

Dr Sara Hennessy Lecturer in Teacher Development and Pedagogical Innovation, Cambridge.

Dr Steve Kennewell Senior Lecturer in Education, Swansea Metropolitan University.