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Interactive Whiteboards - Transform your teaching!

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Learn how Interactive Whiteboards are becoming a staple addition to any classroom environment.

Combine the touch screen capability of a video game with the flexibility to draw using whiteboard markers and what does that leave you with? An interactive whiteboard! See why K-12 teachers around Australia are using the interactive whiteboards in almost every subject area, and learn what you should consider before purchasing one yourself.

The days of using just an ordinary computer and projector are no longer. Using this combination, they can display the contents of a computer screen to an entire class. This setup comes with some limitations however: although you can display a Web page, you can't highlight an important statement, add an interesting fact, or label a clarifying graphic. You can't even go to another Web page without abandoning the display to return to the computer monitor and mouse. This is where an Interactive Whiteboard comes to the rescue.

Interactive whiteboards – known through such brand names as Panasonic or Hitachi - look very similar to the traditional whiteboards or chalkboards teachers use to display information to their students. The interactive versions, however, have capabilities far beyond those of their low-tech predecessors; whilst they allow teachers to simply display information, they also allow teachers to save what they have written or drawn and distribute it amongst students' computers, to navigate computer files and Web sites and to interact with online information with a touch of the finger.

Whiteboard users can use a finger or a special electronic "marker" to interact with the information displayed on the screen. Thus, brainstorming "doodles" can be saved for later review. Math and science students can graph and display problems that are difficult to represent using ordinary software programs. Teachers can remain in front of the class when moving from one computer application, file, or Web site to another, keeping students' attention and preventing off task behavior.

IN THE CLASSROOM

Interactive whiteboards, educators report, assist in lesson planning, support diverse learning styles, and provide a needed tool for graphic representation in math, science, and art classes. Most importantly, they engage students, particularly when the learning is student-driven.

A recent customer was surprised to find that her Interactive whiteboard not only engaged first graders in literacy instruction, but also provided valuable scaffolding for diverse learners. Moreover, when students in small groups or in one-to-one settings were allowed to manipulate the board themselves, she discovered that both student learning and interest increased dramatically. From lesson preparation to review, the whiteboard proved to be a valuable tool in that teacher's classroom.

Another example of uses for an interactive whiteboard, seen in a state school in the states north, is the use for such team projects as student-created picture books. Along with this, teachers creating their own digital curriculum make use of the whiteboard's hot buttons to zoom in on specific images, something tough to do with other technology tools. Administrators have reported greater student participation, interest, and excitement in the curriculum.

GOING SHOPPING?

Are you interested in purchasing an interactive whiteboard for yourself? You'll want to consider size, weight, and flexibility prior to purchasing. Choose the device best suited for your needs and your classroom. We have a variety of interactive whiteboard solutions available, including variations in sizes, bundle packages and even mobile package solutions.

Interactive whiteboards can transform teaching with a tap of your finger or a touch of a marker so contact us today to find out how an interactive whiteboard can improve your lessons.