A teacher makes their students understand concepts using a smartboard

A teacher delivers a visually strong lesson on an interactive whiteboard

As technology extends its hands into every industry all over the world, it has surely changed the way educational institutions work. That being said, interactive whiteboards are slowly but surely replacing traditional whiteboards in schools all over the world; especially in countries that are advanced in their educational sector. But, many educators may argue: Which one is better, and how?

Interactive Whiteboards and Traditional Whiteboards

A traditional whiteboard has been an essential part of any classroom for a long time. Educators use this to give lessons to their students and sometimes, have them come up to collaborate on these dry-erase black or whiteboards that require chalk or board markers to write on them.

But, it limits collaboration as only one student can be using the whiteboard at any given time. It is also difficult to make write new content on it without erasing the old content. A blackboard or static whiteboard can be very good for just basic notes, but it doesn’t have the ability to share information, and really interact with the content on it.

So, how exactly are interactive whiteboards different? Or in fact, better?

Visualization

Lessons that have visual elements incorporated into them are easier to absorb in terms of learning for students. Students are more likely to understand and remember concepts better with the help of the visuals complimenting them.

For example, if a teacher is teaching a lesson on photosynthesis, they may show visuals that help the students understand the concept and process better and they’ll recall the concept better.

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Two students collaborate using an interactive whiteboard

Students learn together using an interactive whiteboard

Collaboration & Interaction

With interactive whiteboards, educators can have students interact and collaborate by having them work in groups and be involved in various activities. This enhances the students’ ability to interact with other students and work in groups. These activities also help build up the students’ brainstorming and cognitive skills. According to research, it was also found that students enjoy touching the technology and are keener on answering questions when a teacher tells them to come up to the board and show other students.

Students use an interactive whiteboard to learn

Students collaborate on an activity using an interactive whiteboard

Presentations & Projects

In K-12 classrooms it is common for students to prepare their projects on tools such as PowerPoint. An interactive whiteboard enables teachers to display these projects without any hassle, the colors are usually complemented by the interactive technology and students can give their presentations in a much more interactive manner as compared to when they present using a projector or chart papers.

Check out this interactive whiteboard that has the most vivid colors for a great presentation experience.