Why the interactive whiteboard so popular in school
Many schools have been using interactive whiteboards in their classrooms for some time. But for those schools, colleges and universities that are not already using this technology then an interactive whiteboard for education is an instructional tool.
This allows computer images to be displayed onto a board using a projector. A teacher can then interact with content displayed on the board by using their finger or a pen tool. Items displayed on the interactive board can be dragged, clicked and copied. The teacher can hand write notes, which can be quickly and easily turned into text and saved. Interactive whiteboards for education often come with dedicated software designed to get the most out of using the board's features. In the case of the SMART interactive whiteboards, this software is called SMART Notebook. For the Promethean Interactive whiteboard, this is called Active Inspire.These software applications are a powerful tool in the classroom bringing interactivity and collaborative learning into lessons. Used effectively interactive whiteboards create a range of learning opportunities. However, in many environments interactive whiteboards are not being used to their full potential. In many cases acting as glorified blackboard. This can often be down to a lack of staff training. SchoolCare would recommend that schools with this problem invest in dedicated interactive whiteboard training. This training would be geared around getting the most out of the interactive whiteboard software. Interactive whiteboards are now commonplace in schools in the UK. Colleges and universities have been slower to adopt the technology.