Digital Whiteboards Designed for Enhanced Learning
Tools for Teaching
Employers need workers who are critical thinkers and creative problem-solvers, and K-12 learning is becoming more hands-on and collaborative in response. Direct instruction still has its place in the classroom, but teachers are spending less time delivering content and more time having students assume an active role in their education. Digital whiteboards, or interactive displays, are an effective tool for supporting this hands-on, collaborative approach to learning.
Digital whiteboards allow students and teachers to easily navigate applications, edit and annotate digital content, manipulate images, brainstorm ideas, and present, share and save information. With multi-touch capacity, groups of students can collaborate by marking up the same file on the display. In interviews with eSchool News, three educational technology experts discussed the benefits of interactive displays as instructional tools, what to look for in an interactive display for the classroom, and how the technology is having an impact on teaching and learning.
Collaborate in the Learning Process
Interactive displays offer several advantages over projectors, whiteboards, and other solutions for presenting and interacting with content. Users can enjoy brighter, crisper images without any need to calibrate the display, clean filters, or replace lamp bulbs. When buying an interactive display for use in the classroom, features such as flexibility, versatility, and ease of use are important. Educators and students should be able to connect any device to the display instantly, with no lost instructional time and without requiring any special software or equipment.
The interactivity should be responsive and simple to use, allowing for seamless sharing and collaboration. When teachers are aided with ongoing training and mentoring, interactive displays can become powerful tools for supporting active and collaborative learning. “We were trying to get students out of their seats and become active participants in their learning,” Swinchock concludes, “and the interactive displays allowed us to do that.” To learn more about the Sharp AQUOS BOARD interactive display and how it can enhance teaching and learning, visit our Digital Whiteboards page, or call us at (714) 689-1700.