Interactive Whiteboard Basics – What You Should Know

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An interactive whiteboard is a special computer display device you can use like any other whiteboard. It has a large screen that’s consistent with the size of regular whiteboards. It is typically mounted on a floor stand or a wall. How does it work?

You take a projector and the interactive whiteboard and connect them to a computer. The projector will project what is on the computer’s desktop to the whiteboard’s surface. Users can then control what they see by writing directly on the board with a stylus pen, their finger or any other device.

Interactive whiteboards were first developed in 1991 and uses a technology that’s similar to touch screen technology. In order to fully understand how they work, just think of them as a two-in-one device where you can write input – like a keyboard or mouse – AND display what’s on your computer at the same time.

Interactive whiteboards are perfect especially for making presentations. In 2008, they were predicted to reach $1 billion sales in 2008. There are no statistics yet to indicate that this prediction has come true, but in 2008, the number of interactive whiteboards increased from eight in 2007 to 18 in each primary school in the United States.

There are many ways that you can use an interactive whiteboard. You can use it to make notes on a presentation in real time and, by using an audience response system, you can use it to poll your audience and gather feedback in the middle of your presentation. And that’s just for starters.

How much do interactive whiteboards cost? Full-sized units cost over $1,500 on Amazon. But we’re pretty sure you can get it for much cheaper if you would only do some comparison shopping with other online retailers

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