If you have recently been in the market for a new whiteboard or you work in an education-based environment, it’s likely that you have heard about the new electronic models on the market. If you aren’t familiar with what these actually are, however, it’s unlikely that you are going to be interested in buying one for your own establishment. So, what is an electronic whiteboard? Fortunately, you have come to the right place for all these answers and more. We have broken down why these boards are so great and how they work.
One of the main things you need to know about these whiteboards is that they are designed to be interactive. They are connected to your computer and data projector, making them quite a powerful tool for teaching and presentations in a wide variety of environments. All you need to do is touch the sensitive surface with your finger to control the computer. This will allow you to stand at the front of the room during lessons or presentations instead of at the computer.
It is also possible to write on your electronic whiteboard, providing that you have one of the special markers on hand. All you need to do is write on the board and the screen will not only tell the computer what colour you’re using, it will project your notes onto the screen in that colour. What’s even more amazing is that these notes can then be saved onto the computer or sent directly to the printer so that you’ll never lose them.
These whiteboards are compatible with both Windows and Mac, making them quite an invaluable tool in many environments. You can even control many applications and multimedia materials using the board; simply touch the screen with your finger to open it up and go from there. You can even write over the top of these applications and save the annotations to a computer file to be looked at later on, to be shown to another class or even to be printed out.
Because the notes and annotated images created with an electronic whiteboard can be printed out, emailed, posted to a network, copied or pasted into other applications, or save as an HTML file it is clear that the board is a collaborative tool. They are perfect for the classroom or meeting room, as they allow communication to flow freely between individuals and groups. You can even collaborate with people thousands of miles away!
But how does an electronic whiteboard actually work? It actually uses resistive technology, which means that there is a small air gap between two sheets of resistive material inside the board. When you touch the surface with your finger or a marker, a contact point is registered and its coordinates will correspond with the same area on the computer screen. This is how what you write on the board appears immediately on the screen and what makes them such an invaluable tool in many environments.
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