What is an interactive whiteboard?
The EIBOARD interactive whiteboard is one of the most popular modern aids in schools, where it is gradually replacing the traditional whiteboards and old-fashioned chalk or marker blackboards. Taking advantage of its rich functionality and practical applications, with the aid of dedicated software, a creative teacher can use an interactive whiteboard to take their teaching methodology to a whole new level. However, as opposed to interactive displays, interactive whiteboards are not standalone, self-contained devices. In order to give the user the full range of their capabilities, they need to be used as part of a set, whose other essential components include:
a multimedia projector that uses the surface of the interactive whiteboard as its projection screen,
a PC, which is used as the source of the visual content the projector can display on the surface on the interactive whiteboard while also allowing the user to operate the whiteboard.
In this scenario, the whiteboard will be the device that provides the touch detection feature that enables the users to interact with the content displayed. The interactive whiteboard can be operated with a finger or with a dedicated pen.
The full set naturally needs to include a few more components, such as a whiteboard mounting solution and a projector mount, the cabling and possibly an additional pair of speakers, where those built in the PC or the whiteboard are not sufficient. Interactive whiteboards can be used to display just about anything a PC can show on its screen: Microsoft Office programs, websites, photos and videos in every format. Their key strength however lies in enabling the user to fully interact with all those types of content. While standing at the whiteboard, the user can operate any software application that runs on the connected PC, being able to write, mark, highlight, annotate and doodle on any image, chart, diagram or text that is being displayed. All the notes made using the whiteboard can be saved, distributed by e-mail, uploaded to the school server or printed out. An interactive whiteboard also includes the bundled software that extends its capabilities and can additionally provide some utilities and aids dedicated to specific school subjects.