Thursday, January 28th, 2010 | IWBs
The outside border of any region is called the periphery – peripherals are those items existing on the fringes, or just outside the border of the area. Since these items exist on the boundary they are generally not viewed as being of crucial importance – perhaps nice to have, but not essential.
In computer terms peripherals are electronic components, which are connected to the computer to enhance its usage – but the computer can operate without them.
An interactive whiteboard peripheral is a piece of computer hardware that is added to the basic board in order to expand its functionality. These devices are sometimes called accessories. Since an interactive whiteboard is dependent on a data projector and a computer and can’t operate without them, these two items are generally not regarded as peripherals, but as part of the board configuration.
Peripherals are not essential and one can do without them initially – your interactive whiteboard can be fully functional without any accessories.
As you expand the ways you use your interactive whiteboard, it is inevitable that you will discover the need for one or more of the following peripherals:
- voting system
- document camera
- digital camera
- digital video recorder
- digital microscope
- wireless keyboard or mouse
- speakers to provide adequate sound for a classroom.
Of course, you can add to this list any peripheral used with laptops or personal computers, such as a printer. Remember, your interactive whiteboard is, in a certain sense, an extension of your computer – the benefits of your computer peripherals can be extended to your board.
Each peripheral has a specific use and allows you to perform additional functions. Even though you can do without most of them, they will add value to your interactive whiteboard.
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