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Monday, February 20, 2012

Interactive Whiteboards: Advantages and Disadvantages

Interactive whiteboards are tools used commonly in education that link a computer to a projector and a touch-sensitive screen. This allows the user to become a human input device and control the computer functions via the touch screen, while projecting the computer images on a large surface. It is ideal for education settings.

Advantages of Interactive Whiteboards:

  • Clear graphics
  • Interactivity for teachers and students
  • Projection of computer images on a larger screen for audience viewing
  • Manipulation of computer functions while standing (rather than from the computer)
  • Incorporation of video and images into traditional teaching lessons

Disadvantages of Interactive Whiteboards: 

  • Expensive
  • Require specific software
  • Require extra training for teachers
  • Touch sensitive board has limitations; sometimes is not sensitive enough
  • Speakers are not loud enough sometimes

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