Chalkboards and whiteboards have always been the centre of attention in classes and meeting rooms. The traditional board is being exchanged with a multi-purpose tool which utilizes your audience’s attention even more. Interactive whiteboards and displays are ever more popular in educational and business organizati0ns. Schools and businesses have discovered the improved learning, communication and collaboration outcomes made possible by interactive displays. This new alternative offers several advantages over traditional whiteboards or chalkboards which will be discussed in this article.
Firstly, interactive whiteboards provide the opportunity to present a variety of materials while saving time. How long does it take to write a sentence on a board with chalk or a marker? Or how often do you need to wipe it to make some more space? What about the permanent-marker stains on your nice board? The interactive display is an answer to all these questions! Typing is much faster than writing on a board, thus the teacher/presenter does not need to waste any time and display the information immediately, leaving time for discussions and teaching.
Furthermore, the variety of teaching materials is endless: online tutorials and videos, documentaries, maps, infographics, books, articles, charts and graphs as well as educational software can be used in one tool. In short, the interactive board is a universal, all-in-one tool for sharing information time and cost efficiently.
Some students and employees receive and learn information efficiently by listening, whilst 65% of the population have a visual memory. This indicates the need for more advanced visual presentation of information. Interactive whiteboards give people the opportunity to absorb information in multiple formats such as audio, pictures and video. This helps increase retention and synthesis of information for both audio and visual memory people, according to the Bordeaux University.
Interactive whiteboard images can be saved and printed, so students or employees can discuss instead of taking notes. Also, the variety of information formats allows tailoring your material just for your audience. This invites people to participate in the learning or collaborative session at a more focused, engaged level.
By integrating an interactive whiteboard into your environment, you can encourage participants to collaborate in a shared work area. Using a cloud service, the information can be shared efficiently between teachers and students, meaning that everyone can chip-in and edit the presentation or share their ideas. Thus, it allows students or employees to become part of the process, rather than simply recipients of prepared information
Team members and students can provide immediate feedback via interactive controls that they can use to ask and answer questions about the presented material. This allows the instructor to quickly identify areas of confusion and tailor the materials in the real-time.
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