Interactive Whiteboards vs Traditional Blackboards

Interactive whiteboards are gradually replacing traditional blackboards and whiteboards in classrooms all across the world.

The whiteboards are connected to a computer or projector with a display and many teachers have dropped the chalk to teach with a mouse, stylus, and a swipe of their index finger. While many educators promote whiteboards as a powerful and necessary tool that should be in every classroom, others continue to use the traditional blackboard. Lets explore the different benefits of a whiteboard and provide insight to the more traditional audience.

Enhanced visualisation for teachers and students - With interactive whiteboards, it has become possible to incorporate high definition images, video and graphics into lessons. This has made it easier for difficult concepts to be explained to students in a visual manner, keeping them more engaged in class sessions.

Ability for students to interact - Students can interact in a variety of ways with whiteboards, including writing on them, manipulating objects in matching or sorting games, or voting on answers with the help of handheld devices. Many teachers believe these types of interactions keep students interested and more engaged during lessons.

Better display of student projects - With interactive whiteboards, student projects can be displayed on a big screen for digestion and scrutiny by the class. This has a positive effect on the psyche of the student body, creating a sense of community, competition and engagement.

Access to the internet - The whiteboards are connected to a computer, which is generally connected to the internet. This provides a huge advantage, as the Internet offers a vast amount of resources that are otherwise not available in any one book, library or geographical location.

A good analogy is that an interactive whiteboard is like a complete brain. There is a visual sketchpad, short and long term memory functions, and an easily searchable unlimited recall system, driven by associative connections, and so on. A traditional board is like being limited to having only a short term visual sketchpad.

All of this goes to show why more education institutions are embracing interactive whiteboard technology.

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