Soon the irritating sound of nails scratching on the blackboard might be history as schools are moving towards installing interactive, computer-driven whiteboards that allow students and teachers to share assignments, surf the web and edit video using their fingers as pens. Wired reports on this amazing all-in-one tool for learning that is fascinating kids.
“The children drew on the board with their fingertips and explained to the class how they came up with their answers.
As each child sketched their answers, the solutions were saved as separate files on the teacher’s computer. The 8-year-old students were eager to use the board and show the class what they had learned.”
The board also can double up as a giant screen for surfing the web or seeing movies. No need also to hook up a LCD projector to your laptop for a PowerPoint Presentation. Plug in your flash drive to the memory and voila! your presentation is up in seconds. “Interactive whiteboards can be found in more than 150,000 U.S. classrooms, adopted by schools in New York, San Diego, Miami-Dade County and the rest of the nation’s 25 largest school districts.” These boards are also spreading internationally. Manufacturers include Numonics, PolyVision and Promethean.
The only downside would be if a student flung a duster at the board, it would be very expensive for the school. But then, why would we need a duster?