Interactive Whiteboards & Projectors

An interactive whiteboard combines a dry erase whiteboard with an LCD projector and is usually mounted on a wall or attached to a whiteboard. Powered by software, the whiteboard becomes a computer screen viewable by an entire classroom. The teacher controls the content either with a pen or a touch of the hand instead of a keyboard and mouse. 

Anything that can be done on a computer monitor, can be replicated on the interactive white board. A teacher can create engaging lessons such as a matching activity where students use either their fingers or a pen to match items. Another might integrate multiple items into a lesson plan such as websites, photos, and music that students can interact with or write comments on the board.  This technology makes the one-computer classroom a workable instructional model.

Research has repeatedly demonstrated that students learn better when they are fully engaged and that multi-sensory, hands-on learning is the best way to engage them. Interactive whiteboards facilitate multi-sensory learning whether it is a collaboration exercise for math problem solving or a Google Earth tour of the Amazon rainforest.  (Courtesy NEA Resources)