An interactive whiteboard is an instructional tool that allows computer images to be displayed onto a board using a digital projector. 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.
They 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 create a wide range of learning opportunities.
This type of whiteboard is now commonplace in schools in South Africa. They 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
Bring your classroom presentations to life without installing expensive interactive whiteboards. Epson’s interactive projectors come with many new features, such as dual pen control, PC-free connectivity and HDMI input, and provides a complete package for engaging learning.
This package includes the projector, wall-mount and two digital pens, and doesn’t need a separate screen. It can be mounted in four different ways to maximise learning opportunities: on your wall, on the ceiling or even to the underneath or side of a desk. Mounting to a desk allows groups to work together on documents or multimedia files.
Easy installation and control Epson has designed this projector to be quick to set up and use. You simply turn on and plug in – there’s no warm-up time involved. The image is calibrated automatically and there’s also a 16W built-in speaker. You don’t even need to switch on your PC as the built-in ‘instant annotation’ tool allows you to draw on any projected background or video