Interactive whiteboards are used for the same purpose as a traditional whiteboard; to teach a class. However there is considerable differences between the two. There are far and wide uses for intereactive whiteboards in the classroom and the following points are only a few of the many uses:
-Save lessons to present to students who were absent
-Create video files to teach a software application, a lesson, or as a review to be posted to the server or web.
-Use the built in maps to teach continents, oceans, countries, or states and capitals.
-Present presentations created by student or teacher
-Teach whole group computer or keyboarding skills
-Reinforce skills by using on-line interactive web sites
-Teach editing skills using editing marks
-Use highlighter tool to highlight nouns, verbs, adjectives, etc.
-Teaching students how to navigate the Internet
-Illustrate and write a book as a class. Use the record feature to narrate the text.
-Teaching steps to a math problem.
Using traditional whiteboard a teacher would not be able to do a lot of the points above, such as saving work for students that were absent or teaching computer skills. There have been numerous researches that show that using interactive whiteboards are much more effective and engaging.
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