The advancement of technology in the digital area has completely transformed K-12 classrooms. Students are no longer cramming heavy textbooks into their open front desks or copying notes and diagrams from the chalkboard. In fact, most students entering K-12 schools won’t even encounter a chalkboard while attending school. They may not even encounter a traditional whiteboard. With the creation of the interactive whiteboard, many K-12 classrooms have done away with dry erase boards and implemented this powerful instructional tool to increase interactivity in the classroom and improve students’ learning experiences.
Interactive whiteboards allow students to participate in collaborative and engaging lessons and classroom activities. With just the touch of a finger or pen, students can move around projected images, highlight important text and make notes and drawings on the media being displayed. This interactive component empowers students to work together to share ideas and problem-solve, and the large structure of interactive whiteboards allow students to easily display their new-found knowledge to the entire classroom.
While interactive whiteboards have transformed many K-12 classrooms by increasing collaboration and learning, there are many classrooms that fail to use the technology to truly enhance students’ learning. Interactive whiteboards are more than just an enhanced way to display and interact with a digital image. As with all educational technology, interactive whiteboards need to be used as a tool to facilitate learning, and certain features may be more helpful to a classroom than others. Once you have carefully considered the goals you are looking to accomplish with your interactive whiteboard, take a look at the following slideshow to see which features will be most helpful in reaching your school’s educational goals.