Thanks to new classroom AV technology, students can now get to enjoy their lessons. Interactive whiteboards (IWB) have been developed and installed with educationally-focused software and content that has the ability to interact with other smart devices in the classroom such as tablets, laptops, and video conferencing.

Interactive whiteboards (IWB) replaces the good old projectors and chalkboards. They are visually appealing and empower the students to use added hands-on features. IWBs can be used during presentation, discussions and problem-solving as a group. Many models of interactive whiteboards also auto-save all annotations and changes to the cloud allowing anytime remote access to the content.

IWBs are changing the manner in which students learn and the lessons have become more stimulating and engaging, therefore encouraging learning. They are available mainly in two types/variations:

– A powerful short-throw projector fitted with a sensor.
– A large LED flat-panel touch display

In the past few years, the large LED touch display have become more popular in comparison the short throw projector. This is because LED displays are less affected by daylight and they are more interactive via a touch interface. Furthermore, they don’t have lamp problems that are usually associated with projectors. Our blog today discusses the benefits of LED flat-panel touch display interactive whiteboards.

Improved student participation

Whiteboards have been found to improve student participation more than traditional classroom boards. They allow students to answer questions, take votes from their seats and actively participate in the classroom. The Interactive whiteboards are touch enabled, so, teachers can tap to perform calculations, reveal bits of information as well as letting the educator move information with the tip of a finger.

Ensures data preservation

Information created or annotated on IWBs is available via a connected computer (or cloud) which means that whatever is done on the board will be recorded in real-time basis directly to the hard drive and can even be saved to removable devices like flash disks. Teachers can also recall and reuse the information especially during a brainstorming or ideating session. In traditional boards information erased after being copied manually by the pupils.

Improved cognitive learning

Interactive whiteboards are connected via computers which in turn are connected to the world wide web. While there are students who absorb information efficiently via spoken word, others learn better via visual cues and presentation. The whiteboards give students an opportunity of absorbing information in multiple formats. This improved and increases retention and synthesis of information.

Promotes technology learning

Interactive whiteboards allow students to have a chance of interacting with technology, therefore interlacing it with their education. This is handy when the students are making their own presentation. Students finally get to learn more about different devices, new technologies and software applications.

Empowers collaboration

Interactive whiteboards are integrated in the classrooms, therefore allowing students to not only become listeners but also active participants. This empowers the learners to become part of the learning process rather than just recipients of information.

Improves feedback

During ongoing lessons, students can provide immediate feedback via controls that can be used either to ask or to answer questions regarding the material that is being taught. Teachers can also identify areas of confusion and doubts, therefore providing answers quickly.

Interactive whiteboards are revolutionising modern classrooms and training rooms. Their benefits are huge and it has a much lasting impact on young and impressionable minds. At Actis, we use Audio Visual Technology in Education to make classrooms more interactive, fun, and most importantly a place for innovative thinking.

For more information on Interactive whiteboards and other classroom AV solutions, contact Actis at 022-30808080 or at contact@actis.co.in.

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