Examining the “State of the SMART(board)” in education.
Back in April, I researched and blogged about
interactive whiteboard tools that are available as online applications. These are great tools for the classroom that are quick and easy to implement, and best of all, they are free or low cost. However, the functionality available with these applications is only a fraction of that provided by many of the installable interactive whiteboard systems available today.
The academic institution where I oversee Institutional Technology is considering the procurement of interactive whiteboards for use in some classrooms, so it’s time for me to learn about popular models and how they are being used in the classroom.
[I realize that this is a bit of a break from my usual focus on Internet based tools, but not entirely, as this type of education technology can easily be used in concert with Internet applications. Let's dig in ...]
So just what is an “Interactive Whiteboard” (and how are they used in the classroom)?
An interactive whiteboard is based on the traditional whiteboard, but it can act as an input device for a computer, coupled with a projector. Things you write and do on the whiteboard can be detected by the computer it is connected to, and when you combine that with the ability to project an image on it, you end up with a huge interactive computer display that can be used in the classroom as an aid to lecturing, presentations, demonstrations, and more...
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