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The Interactive Whiteboards in Education Infographic

April29

IWBEven in their heyday interactive whiteboards often got a bad rap—even in my district. Many opponents of this technology argued that it was a very expensive way for administrators to show that their schools arrived on the edtech scene.

Additionally, critics cited that this tool was just a glorified chalk or dry erase board, resulting in a not so cost effective way to improve learning. Even the geeky gadget people like me, who were more than excited to have an interactive whiteboard installed in their classrooms, have found that over time, these devices have lost their appeal—not to mention the necessary drivers and software to keep up with new and emerging technologies.

But if your an interactive whiteboard fan, here’s some good news: It appears as though one of your favorite tools may be on the verge of a comeback. By incorporating apps, student response systems and various mobile technologies, districts are now seeking ways to make whiteboards a more flexible and engaging part of a classroom environment.

Check out some ways you and your colleagues can revive your IWB by viewing the infographic shown below.

interactive whiteboard infographic

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Use the recommendations on the infographic to give your interactive whiteboard a new lease on life.

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