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)