What Are Interactive Whiteboard (IWB)

There are many different types and makes of interactive whiteboard (IWB), but essentially, an IWB is a touch-sensitive display panel – a bit like a large ‘tablet’. It controls the mouse functions of the computer/laptop. It can therefore move the cursor around the screen – to navigate the desktop, and any applications that are being used. It can be used to click and double-click (e.g. paging through a PowerPoint presentation) and also to access right-click functions (usually achieved by pressing a small button on the side of the pen).

An interactive white board (IWB) is a large, touch sensitive (thus interactive) board when used with a combination of a computer and digital projector facilitates interactive ICT engagement. It resembles a traditional whiteboard and some can be used similarly. The computer connected to the interactive White Board can be controlled by touching the board directly or by using a special pen. The board is typically mounted to a wall or floor stand.

From the research available, it seems clear that the interactive whiteboard is widely considered to be a positive, motivational asset and are used in a variety of settings, including classrooms at all levels of education, in corporate board rooms and work groups, in training rooms for professional sports coaching, in broadcasting studios, and others.

In addition to these hardware functions, IWBs also come bundled with software that offers very useful facilities for teaching. These include the ability to manipulate content on the board - write over the top of it, drag-and-drop objects, and most boards also provide a library of resources, from backgrounds and shapes, to maps and clipart. These are best appreciated by exploring the resources areas.

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