Interactive whiteboards have brought significant improvements in the education sector by simplifying the learning processes. The technology has been integrated in all levels of learning including primary school, high school and institutions of higher learning. Though the technology has been around for more than two decades, its use has only grown exponentially over the past few years. An interactive whiteboard can be in the form of a standalone touchscreen computer or a connectable apparatus with touchpad used to control other computers from a projector. The benefits of using interactive whiteboards in the classroom affect both the students and teachers positively.
Five benefits of interactive whiteboards in the classroom are as follows:
1) INTERACTIVE LEARNING
Interactive whiteboards allow children to interact with the learning material. They become a part of the lesson and can even teach each other. Their understanding of the subject is seen through touching, drawing, or writing on the board. Educational games can be played by entire classrooms. They also provide immediate feedback, so students and teachers can easily assess student progress.
2) MAKES THE LEARNING PROCESS MORE FUN
Teachers in learning institutions are using LCD monitors displays together with shared whiteboards to deliver lessons. With such technology in class, every student will be anxious to try out how the board works. That can spur the students’enthusiasm to get involved in learning process using the interactive whiteboards.
3) EASY TO USE
Interactive whiteboards are clean and require very low maintenance. No chalk or markers or other writing utensils needed. Data is modified using a specialized pen for highlighting, drawing, and writing. Therefore there is no mess. No cleanup. It’s just that easy.
4) PROVEN EFFECTIVENESS
Students are more attentive in the classroom. Comprehension improves. Test scores rise. Literacy increases. Students learn better and remember it. When children engage more in the classroom, learning always increases.
5) MAKE LESSON REVIEW AND REVISION MORE CONVENIENT
One of the greatest benefits of using interactive whiteboards in the classroom is that it allows students to save lessons for later playback and/or review. Students can also record full lessons and share them with friends who weren’t able to attend classes. Recorded lessons also provide a more convenient reference point during revision, which makes grasping important points quite easier.
All together, interactive whiteboard learning environments have a direct effect on learning and even on growing as a person. An effect that differs and can’t be achieved as easy whilst using traditional education materials. Therefore, it is no wonder the ed-tech business is increasing and schools desire more and more to create multimedia learning environments for their students.