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Redesigning Classrooms: The Rise of Interactive Whiteboards in Education

Students learn best when lessons incorporate visual, auditory and hands-on interactions. Interactive whiteboards are a powerful tool that can engage students and stimulate learning.

These devices can replace expensive dry erasers, markers and chalks. They also eliminate the need to print out handouts. They allow teachers to share digital presentations with remote students.

Digital Drawing Tools

Drawing and sketching can be an important part of classroom learning. These skills help students communicate ideas, visualize complex concepts, and express themselves creatively. However, these subjects are being increasingly supplanted by computer-generated graphics and other image-generating technologies.

When used with a stylus, digital drawing tools provide a number of advantages for both beginners and professionals. Adobe Creative Cloud, for instance, offers easy access to its top programs for a single monthly cost.

Another great option is the Google Pixelbook Pen. This sleek stylus provides tilt support and complex pressure sensitivity to make it one of the best digital drawing tools available. It can also work on a laptop with the complete Google operating system to offer a desktop-like experience.

Classroom Presentation Tools

When it comes to student presentation tools, Prezi and its rotating layout is a familiar name. Its aesthetic design is a great alternative to traditional PowerPoint presentations that can be stale and stifling for students.

Another popular tool is VoiceThread which is a collaborative presentation platform that allows students to share videos, images and documents with one another. Its features like annotations, highlights and zooming encourage interaction between students and teachers.

Polls, surveys and quizzes are useful ways to get a quick reaction from students. Traditionally, this involved a teacher writing the quiz before class, handing it out and collecting answers, then discussing the results. This process can be time consuming and restrictive for introverted students who may not want to raise their hands or speak in front of classmates.

Online presentation tools are a flexible solution to this problem. Some, such as Visme, handle everything from animations to infographics and of course presentations. They’re also browser-based and easy to use on any device, making them perfect for digital teaching and learning.

Cloud-Based Whiteboards

One of the biggest drawbacks to traditional whiteboards is that once a lesson is over, the board gets erased. This means that if students want to review the material later, they have to copy down notes or take pictures on their phones (not ideal).

Online whiteboards are simple to use and accessible from anywhere. They also use secure logins so only authorized individuals can access and edit the board. This level of security appeals to students and teachers who need to collaborate with a team remotely.

Many interactive whiteboards also have a library of apps that teachers can use to create engaging lessons. These include interactive widgets, 3D models and sticky notes that are directly droppable on a limitless canvas. This allows for a more immersive experience that increases engagement and retention. In addition, it makes the lesson more accessible to different learning styles, especially kinesthetic learners. It can also save time for administrators who no longer have to worry about installing system software or traveling classroom to classroom.

Student Interaction

As educators move away from the traditional classroom layout with desks lined up cemetery style, they're seeking ways to support student engagement and collaboration. One way they're doing so is by redesigning classroom spaces that can be adapted to the demands of different learning styles and pedagogies.

By using interactive whiteboards, teachers can create engaging lessons that incorporate text, images, videos and audio files. These digital presentations can be saved, shared and even turned into class assignments. This saves both time and money that would otherwise be spent on dry markers, erasers and chalks.

Schools and districts spend a lot of money each year on these supplies. By utilizing the interactivity features of an interactive whiteboard, schools can cut back on this cost and still enjoy the benefits that come with these new devices. Some interactive displays also include a built-in web browser and videoconferencing capabilities for a seamless experience. This saves space on additional equipment while reducing the need for multiple ports and cables.

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