A teacher delivers a visually strong lesson on an interactive whiteboard.
As technology extends its hands into every industry all over the world, it has surely changed the way educational institutions work. That being said, interactive whiteboards are slowly but surely replacing traditional whiteboards in schools all over the world; especially in countries that are advanced in their educational sector. But, many educators may argue: Which whiteboards are better, Interactive or Traditional?
Interactive Whiteboards and Traditional Whiteboards
A traditional whiteboard has been an essential part of any classroom for a long time. Educators use this to give lessons to their students and sometimes, have them come up to collaborate on these dry-erase black or whiteboards that require chalk or board markers to write on them.
But, it limits collaboration as only one student can be using the whiteboard at any given time. It is also difficult to write new content on it without erasing the old content. A blackboard or static whiteboard can be very good for just basic notes, but it doesn't have the ability to share information, and really interact with the content on it.
So, what is an interactive whiteboard? How exactly are interactive whiteboards different? Or in fact, better?
Lessons that have visual elements incorporated into them are easier to absorb in terms of learning for students. Students are more likely to understand and remember concepts better with the help of the visuals complimenting them. So, Interactive whiteboards in the classroom can make the learning process better.
For example, if a teacher is teaching a lesson on photosynthesis on interactive-whiteboards, they may show visuals that help the students understand the concept and process better and they’ll recall the concept better.
Students learn together using an interactive whiteboard.
Collaboration & Interaction
With interactive whiteboards, educators can have students interact and collaborate by having them work in groups and be involved in various activities. This enhances the students’ ability to interact with other students and work in groups. These activities also help build up the students’ brainstorming and cognitive skills. According to research, it was also found that students enjoy touching the technology and are keener on answering questions when a teacher tells them to come up to the board and show other students.
Students collaborate on an activity using an interactive whiteboard.
Presentations & Projects
In K-12 classrooms it is common for students to prepare their projects on tools such as PowerPoint. An interactive whiteboard enables teachers to display these projects without any hassle, the colors are usually complemented by the interactive technology and students can give their presentations in a much more interactive manner as compared to when they present using a projector or chart papers.
A student presents their colorful presentation using an interactive whiteboard.
Technology has made lesson delivery and information absorption much easier for educators and students alike. An interactive whiteboard is a technology that brings in creativity and effectiveness in a classroom. Long gone are the days when students dreaded being in the classroom, now students want to be a part of lessons and are more willing to come up to the front of the class and learn more effectively.