Thursday, September 24th, 2009 | Implementation Issues, IWBs
Never underestimate the cost of infrastructure preparation to accommodate an interactive whiteboard in the classroom. Your requirements depend on the state of the room and the type of equipment you want to install.
The following is a list of things that need attention:
Security: Some form of security in the room is always required to protect your equipment. The computer and data projector are particularly vulnerable since they are portable and are easy to resell.
Electricity: You will need a few electricity plug points, and these must be in convenient places. If you install the data projector in the ceiling, provision must be made for a plug close to where the data projector is mounted.
Internet: If the school already has access to the internet, ducting must be installed to house the connection wires to the point of access.
Light: It must be possible to reduce harsh light to enable all present to see the images on the board comfortably.
Worktop: The teacher requires a sturdy worktop on which to place the computer – in most cases a small cabinet suffices.
Wall: A sturdy wall is required on which to mount the board. Walls of old schools are often made of clay or wood that may not be strong enough to hold the weight of the board – in these cases reinforcement is required.
You may fret about the cost of the board itself, but could find that the real killer is the cost to create an acceptable infrastructure.
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