Interactive whiteboards (IWBs)

What are they?

Interactive whiteboards are large electronic displays that connect to a computer (and sometimes networks and the internet) and let users interact with content in a number of ways. There are many different types of interactive whiteboards with different capabilities.

How do they work?

Interactive whiteboards often use a touch-sensitive screen or an electronic pen for capturing notes that are written on their surface. When connected to a network they can be used to display information from the internet, such as webpages, or files, software applications, videos and images from other PCs.

Why are interactive whiteboards useful?

Content that has been created specifically for lessons can be displayed easily over and over again, and new content created on the whiteboard can be saved and reused.

What do you need to keep in mind about your children and interactive whiteboards?

The cost and functionality of the technology mean that these are most likely only going to be encountered in the classroom. Electronic whiteboards are being increasingly used in the classroom as a replacement for traditional whiteboards, as they are able to display a wide range of content from different sources.


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