From the lofty realms of the interactive smartboard to the standard classroom whiteboard, there seems to be little room in the scholarly world for the old fashioned blackboard these days. Dry erase boards and their newly evolving cousins have brought a host of great advantages to the table, while ditching the tedious aspects of their predecessors. However, as with all thing in life, these new tools are not exempt from issues of their own.
Advantages to using smartboards and whiteboards.
To anyone who ever had to use a chalkboard, at least one of these is immediately obvious- they’re cleaner and easier to deal with. They’re also better for public safety concerns. The original whiteboards were first used in the 1990s, and asthmatics everywhere heaved a collective sigh of relief. Not only are whiteboards, or dry erase boards, easier to keep clean and maintained, they cut down on the choking chalk dust that was once a fixture of lecture boards everywhere. Not only does this keep classrooms and lecture halls cleaner, it removes the cloying dust that can affect the lungs of people with breathing difficulties. They also look a lot better in the modern office setting, and even in most schools.
Of course, it’s considerably easier to erase the average whiteboard then the dusty chalk of a traditional blackboard was. It’s even easier to contend with the interactive smartboards the digital age is bringing on us! Both of these make excellent visual aids in a learning scenario, allowing a range of colours to be used to catch the eye and focus the learner. Once you bring in the digital aspects of the smartboard, the possibilities are endless. Of course, the traditional whiteboard also doubles as a great projector backdrop when using that visual aid.
Disadvantages to interactive smart boards and traditional whiteboards.
Of course, nothing is perfect. There’s some resistance to the interactive smartboard being brought into schools, both as an expensive purchase and as one that seems to glitch. The common or garden whiteboard wasn’t exempt from that concern either. Markers are expensive- much more so then chalk- and the smell can be irritating to many. The smartboard often can seem to be on its own mission, not following the careful preparation of the presenter, and the fact that having the board central but the controlling PC not can make for some irritating rushes up and down as people solve the issues.learn more information at http://recode.net/2015/04/29/the-new-world-of-whiteboards-from-smart-markers-to-surface-hub/
Traditional whiteboard writing, depending on the colour used, can be difficult for some people to access easily, particularly the blue and white combo that’s a classic issue for the colour-blind. Digitally, there’s also considerable access issues on some smartboards, as it would be simpler and easier to use the intuitive typing interface rather than touch-screen style pen styluses to manipulate the board.
Overall, the whiteboard and then the interactive smartboard represent a great step forward for the classroom and lecture setting. However, both IWBs and traditional whiteboards have issues of their own to attend to, as well.