Thursday, December 16th, 2010 | IWBs, technology
An interactive whiteboard is one of the most astounding pieces of technology that you can bring into your classroom. Imagine one of your classroom walls as a huge computer screen, but one on which you can write in the same way that you write on your conventional black board or dry-wipe board.
An interactive whiteboard appears to be sheer magic, but the concept is quite simple. The board itself is just one of three pieces of equipment needed to produce a miracle in the classroom. These components, which must be linked together, are:
A computer – either a laptop or a desktop computer.
A data projector – mounted from the ceiling or placed on a table or mobile trolley.
The interactive board – in most cases the board is mounted permanently on a wall, but portable ones are available too.
When these three components are combined the interactive whiteboard becomes a large computer screen. Everything that appears on the computer’s screen is beamed through the data projector onto the board. The amazing thing is that you can use a penlike stylus – or sometimes even your finger – to write on the board. You can tap on the board in the same way as you would click with a mouse. Whatever you do on the board is sent via an electronic message to your computer.
In a way an interactive whiteboard can be seen as a big touch-sensitive screen, with the board acting as a screen, mouse and keyboard at the same time. This allows for interactions between a person and the computer.
Various devices are on the market today, which makes it possible to have an interactive classroom without the board – these devices convert your classroom wall into an interactive surface. Even some data projectors allow you to interact with the images thrown on a wall or a screen – and they respond to your interactions.
Classroom technology has advanced to a level where it can help you to transform your classroom into an interactive one. An interactive whiteboard – or similar device – allows you to do so.
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