A digital whiteboard is a simple, but highly effective piece of technology that can work in nearly any setting, from locker rooms to board rooms, from studios to schools. At its core, it consists of a display that is connected to a computer. The display shows anything placed on the computer’s desktop, allowing users to produce a wide range of visual and media resources with just a couple clicks. However, this technology is more than just an advanced display and projector because it is interactive. This gives teachers and trainers an incredible range of tools to keep students engaged and learning in a fun, interesting environment.
Why are more and more organizations using digital whiteboard technology in their operations?
Instructors are always looking for new ways to keep their students engaged, a goal that is more important than ever, given the number of distractions students face. The ideal solution is one that is visually interesting and responds to feedback, both of which an interactive display can provide.
Imagine the typical elementary classroom. Excitable students file in for a math lesson, and the teacher has to get them to open up their books or pay attention while the teacher uses a blackboard. Sounds like chaos. Now imagine that classroom with an interactive display that is tied to a piece of software on the teacher’s computer, one that is designed to teach math. Up on the display, the teacher shows several math equations and their solutions, using animations and visuals to keep the students drawn in. If the teacher wishes, students can approach the display and input the answer themselves, making it an activity that students may actually look forward to.
This is just one example of what a digital whiteboard can bring to the classroom, but they can also be used to show a variety of graphics, videos, animations, and even books to an entire class at once. Interactive displays are also compatible with special applications, such as polling software. The teacher can pose a question to the class and give everyone a chance to respond anonymously. This way, students can participate without worrying about answering incorrectly in front of their peers. With so many functions, it’s no surprise that schools from elementary to university are integrating interactive displays into lesson plans.
Peripherals tied to the technology can record students’ answers and keep track of their progress over the course of the semester or school year. Many professors now use this capability to grade students on their acquisition of course material.
This same versatility can also make a digital whiteboard a valuable asset for a business, which can adapt the technology for use as a training tool. Recorded lessons can be shown on the display and tied to interactive functions that really test a new hire.
Interactive displays are finding their way into more and more teaching settings, and represent a new approach to student engagement.