It's that time of the week again when we introduce another educational technology jargon to our glossary. This week's special - Interactive Whiteboards.
Interactive whiteboards have been around for quite some time; and are most probably installed in classrooms across the US, UK, and Australia. I may not have the numbers with me, but I'm sure they have become the standard across multiple school districts in the US/UK/Australia. However, here in the Philippines, I've yet to see a classroom equipped with one.
As an extension of your computer, it not only allows you to project your computer screen onto the board, but it also allows you to interact with the different elements on-screen. For example, interactive whiteboards allow you to write on the screen (an it will also reflect on your computer). Moreover, it allows you to interact with applications, click-and-drag objects, and play interactive games. Its best feature though is that it allows the educator to incorporate educational application and games for the entire class' use.
There are numerous interactive whiteboard manufacturers - Epson, Smart Technologies, Hitachi, and Mimeo - to name a few. *
*Please take not that we do not endorse any particular interactive whiteboard brand.
Here's a short video from our friends over at SMART Technologies on why interactive whiteboards are so easy to use. Do you have any other creative uses for the interactive whiteboard that you use in your classroom? If you do, please let us know through the comment fields below. Cheers!