What are the infrastucture costs that I may incur before installing an interactive whiteboard?

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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3 Comments to What are the infrastucture costs that I may incur before installing an interactive whiteboard?

Mark C
Friday, 25 September, 2009

A good post, yet schools do not realize the amount of money spent on supplying what is needed. It’s just one of those things. Khanya will/must provide.

I am reminded of a cartoon drawn by Zapiro when Nelson Mandela was president. A group of people stood in one corner with hands in their pockets asking him where the promised land was. He was standing with a crowbar in his hands inviting them to help him open the closed crates.

Sometimes the project spends too much money on schools unwilling to use their ICT resources effectively. What’s happened to the school’s role in the partnership?

Dereck Marnewick
Friday, 25 September, 2009

I am amazed at the lack of comments/feedback/response from vendors of IAWB’s
Why are they not participating in this healthy interaction – come on guys, let’s get some input from you … please!

kvanwyk
Saturday, 26 September, 2009

Dereck, I am likewise amazed. This blog is a good opportunity for interactive whiteboard vendors to present the pros and cons of the different types of boards that are available.

I am hereby inviting vendors to post their comments … even if they do outright promotion of their products I will not remove their postings – I will only remove a comment if it is insulting or offensive. I believe that prospective interactive whiteboard users should go into the transaction fully informed as to what is available and what the ultimate costs and benefits could be.

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