Why Use an Interactive Whiteboard A Baker's Dozen Reasons!

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					                                Why Use an Interactive Whiteboard?
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                                A B a k e r ’s D o z e n R e a s o n s !
                                B y D r. M a r y A n n B e l l
                                Presentation tools are increasing in popularity for educators who want
                                to share ideas and information with large or small groups of students.
                                Interactive applications are in demand for educators who want to
                                involve their students in learning with technology. The electronic
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                                interactive whiteboard is a device that combines both of these
                                attributes, offering shared learning experiences for large or small
                                groups, as well as for distance learning.
                                First of all, what is an interactive electronic whiteboard? It is a
                                presentation device that interfaces with a computer. The computer
                                i m a g e s a r e d i s p l a y e d o n t h e b o a r d b y a d i g i t a l p r o j e c t o r, w h e r e t h e y
                                can be seen and manipulated. Users can control software both from the
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                                computer and from the board. Participants can add notations, and
                                emphasize by using a pen and or highlighter tool. By using his finger as
                                a mouse, the teacher or student can run applications directly from the
                                board. Another user at the computer can also have input. Any notes or
                                drawings can then be saved or printed out and distributed to group
                                members.

                                Why do I like interactive whiteboards so much? The following is a
                                baker ’s dozen reasons for my enthusiasm.

                                    1 . The interactive electronic whiteboard is great for
                                        demonstrations.
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                                                  2 . The interactive electronic whiteboard is a colorful
                                                      tool.
A Push for Sustainable
Te a c h e r L e a r n i n g                      3 . The board can accommodate different learning
The State Educational                                 styles.
Technology Directors
Association (SETDA) released                      4 . All ages of students respond favorably to board use.
its fourth of five reports. The
                                                  5 . Distance learning is an excellent setting for
report, Empowering Teachers: A
                                                      interactive whiteboard use.
Professional and Collaborative
Approach, identifies several key                  6 . One-computer classrooms can maximize the use of
points.                                               limited computer access by using the whiteboard.
• Making sustainable
professional development                          7 . The interactive whiteboard is an excellent tool for
available to all teachers                             the constructivist educator.
• Providing new teachers with
integrated pedagogy                               8 . The boards are clean and attractive tools..
• Ensuring administrators have                    9 . Students with limited motor skills can enjoy board
access to training and support                        use.
• Conducting research
investigating the efficacy of                     10. It is interactive.
comprehensive professional
development models                                11. It can interface well with other peripherals.

                                                  12.The board is great for meetings are lessons where the
www.districtadministration.com/                      participants need printed copies of the proceedings.
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  ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○       13. It is a kid magnet!
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