Interactive whiteboards for higher education
Our interactive whiteboard is an instructional tool that allows computer images to be displayed on a large screen. The instructor can then manipulate the elements on the board by using his finger as a mouse, directly on the screen. Items can be dragged, clicked and copied and the lecturer can hand write notes, which can be transformed into text and saved.
Whiteboards are a powerful tool in the classroom adding interactivity and collaboration, allowing the integration of media content into the lecture and supporting collaborative learning. Used innovatively they can create a wide range of learning opportunities. All our whiteboards are windows compatible. This allows for the use of applications such as Office 365 and just about all other Windows compatible software.
The whiteboard were originally developed for use in business to demonstrate concepts and record meetings. However, they are an extremely flexible tool which can be used with both the youngest primary school children and university graduates.
An interactive whiteboard can be a cost saver as this technology demonstrates how one computer can provide learning stimuli for a whole classroom. This is more cost effective than equipping an entire IT room, or every student with a laptop.
Examples of the features available when using an interactive whiteboard:
• Add annotations
• Highlight text
• Add notes and drawings and then save them to be printed out and shared, or added to a virtual learning environment.
• Show pictures and educational videos to the whole lecture theatre. You can label parts or highlight elements of an image.
• Demonstrate the content available on a website in a teacher-directed activity
The teacher can call upon the students to interact with the whiteboard themselves. The lecturer can sit at the computer, with the student at the whiteboard, and the class offering suggestions and contributing ideas.
Interactive whiteboards promote group discussion and participation. They are an effective tool for brainstorming as notes made on the screen can be turned into text, and saved to be shared and distributed later. They are an ideal tool for small group work and collaborative learning, as students can huddle around the board developing ideas, and then save the work for sharing over a network or by email.
Interaction in practice
Interactive whiteboards are ideal for demonstrating software in any discipline. The presenter can run the software on the board, interacting with it using his finger, demonstrating the features and tools of the software to a large number of students. Elements can be highlighted and annotations added.
Interactive whiteboards as a pedagogical tool
This type of tool promotes creative teaching and motivates students into absorbing information.
Teaching with an interactive whiteboard allows lecturers to accommodate all different learning styles:
• Tactile learners get to touch and move things around the board. They can also make notes and highlight elements.
• Visual learners benefit from a clear view of what is happening on the board.
• Audio learners can participate in a class discussion.
Interaction in practice
In medical studies, the lecturer can show a photograph or a picture of a part of the body. Then, they can annotate it, adding labels to demonstrate the key aspects. The finished drawing can be saved and handed out to students or uploaded to a cloud service.