Interactive Whiteboards

Interactive whiteboards can take many forms, but the most commonly used features are generally the following:

  • Ability to “capture” notes or drawings from the surface onto a computer or printout
  • Capability to project screen from a computer to the whiteboard surface
  • Control of a computer from the interactive whiteboard surface using proprietary software

These capabilities of interactive whiteboards are implemented in many different ways:

  • Infra-red touch
  • Resistive touch
  • Electromagnetic pen
  • Other: Wii-mote, IR/EM pen, etc

These types of boards lend themselves to education and can be found widely in classrooms and learning centers across the world. In addition to the ability to find use in a regular classroom there are many uses for online communication. With the capability of the teacher or presenter to move a “mouse” which can be seen by students viewing remotely, an entire course can be presented where the teacher’s voice is broadcast while the student’s computer screen shows what is actively happening on the interactive whiteboard.

Interactive Whiteboard Example

Interactive Whiteboard Example

 

Projector Based Interactive Whiteboard

Projector Based Interactive Whiteboard

Additional capabilities of interactive whiteboards are:

  • Create video files for use at a later time or online
  • Easier presentation of inherently graphical subjects (geography, 3D imaging, 3D+ mathematics)
  • Brainstorming
  • Diagramming
  • Group games
  • Google Earth
  • View and navigate the internet from the surface of the whiteboard
  • Watch movies
  • Group editing of documents
  • Newer boards support multi device input (resistive whiteboards)
With the large number of capabilities and amount of technology used in these interactive whiteboards there is a larger price to pay when compared to traditional whiteboards such as melamine, glass, or painted boards. Typical prices for interactive whiteboards range in the $1000 to $3000 (U.S. dollar) range. There are also occasionally addition costs when purchasing an interactive whiteboard – a computer to run the software, a projector if not included to project the display of the computer onto the whiteboard surface, and various input devices.

Looking for more information on the different types of whiteboards? Check the other pages for further information on:

Portable Whiteboard

Custom Whiteboards

Large Whiteboards