The term ‘interactive smartboard’ has become a buzzword across numerous tech platforms lately. The popularity of interactive smartboards has been on the rise over a few years now, and from the look of things, their use will continue to expand exponentially.
For starters, an interactive smartboard is simply a presentation devices connected to the computer. The computer images are then projected on a board by a projector, where users can see and manipulate them. Users can also add notations, enhance colors or highlight objects using their finger or pen. One major advantage of interactive smartboards compared the traditional whiteboards is that it does more than just display; teachers and students can manipulate data and images directly on the board and save or print for later use.
So, what has earned interactive smartboards their new found fame and popularity in classrooms, boardrooms and beyond? Let’s have a quick look at some of reasons why most teachers, students and entrepreneurs are shifting towards the now popular interactive smartboard technology.
1. Improved Learning
While some students absorb information best through spoken word, some are auditory learners while others prefer visual presentation. With interactive smartboards, learners get an opportunity to absorb knowledge in multiple formats. This eventually helps improve synthesis and retention of the information.
2. Increased Participation
Interactive smartboard images can be easily saved and printed or shared to other devices for later reading, so learners don’t have to take notes during discussion. In turn, this allows them to pay attention and participate in collaborative sessions and discussions at a more engaged and focused level.
3. Enhanced Collaboration
By integrating interactive smartboards into your office or learning environment, you can invite and encourage students to collaborate in a given area of interest. In a learning environment, this will allow students to be part of the whole process rather than simply laid back recipients of the information.
Essentially, interactive smartboards allow students and teachers to give presentations created in class to students/teachers/parents conferences. Teachers can easily create videos to teach learners how to go about certain subjects or how to use different software both in class and online.
4. Maximize Limited Computer Access
An interactive smartboard essentially mimics a touch-screen computer with additional tools to enhance viewing and manipulation of displayed learning material. Adopting this whiteboard can greatly help maximize the use of limited access to computers. Individual students can contribute at the board, while others use the computer and the class as a whole participates in the discussion.
5. Attractive Tools
The boards are attractive and clean tools. Messy chalk dusts and other by-products associated with traditional boards can sometimes limit use. Interactive smartboards on the other hand employ either finger or stylus for marking and manipulating learning information on the board and therefore teachers and students do not inhale potentially harmful by-products and doesn’t require cleaning.