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About Interactive Whiteboards

What Is An Interactive Whiteboard?

An interactive whiteboard is a presentation device that connects to a computer and projector. Unlike a projection screen, the interactive whiteboard is ‘active’.

As teachers and students interact with the board using a pen, finger or other device, the action is transmitted to the computer and displayed on the board by a projector. Additional user-controlled devices that communicate with the board can be added, such as voting or wireless slates that enable every learner to actively participate.

Three Types of Interactive Whiteboards:

Infrared / Ultrasound Units:

Clip on to any standard, conventional whiteboard and provide limited functionality when compared to a true interactive whiteboard. They consist of a receiver unit attached to the edge or corner of the board and a set of large pens that transmit a signal to the receiver unit when pressure is applied to the tip.

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Passive Whiteboards ("Touchboards"):

Have a dual membrane surface which is touch sensitive and can react to pressure from an object or finger.

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Active Whiteboards:

Solid-state, impact-resistant whiteboards that utilize the latest advances in digital electromagnetic sensing technology. Promethean’s Activboard and Activboard+2 are market-leading active whiteboards.

Operated with a cordless electronic pen, active whiteboards detect anything drawn quickly and accurately through a small magnetic field over the surface of the board.

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Activboard vs Touchboards

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A Interactive Whiteboards Project a 21st Century Learning Environment

Classrooms, like miniature human ecosystems, are filled with diverse personalities. Artists, number crunchers and dancers think and learn in distinctly different ways. Research proves that traditional methods of learning simply don’t take this truth into account.

A 21st century interactive learning environment focuses on embracing and celebrating each individual’s unique capabilities, engaging learners of all kinds:

• Visual learners respond best to images and other visual media, and will react well to the bright, colorful world of the interactive whiteboard.

• Auditory learners are captivated by stimuli they can hear, such as verbal reinforcement, group activities, and class discussions. Link interactive whiteboards to sound effects, speeches and music and use a voting system to encourage group interaction.

• Kinaesthetic learners prefer the tactile sense, learning best with hands-on activities. Use an interactive whiteboard environment to physically move objects around, highlight and underline ideas and draw pictures to explain lessons.

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