SMART Board – Pros and Cons of Using a Digital, Interactive Whiteboard (In the Classroom)

We used a sensible board to show with within the laptop lab in class. Essentially, a SMART board turns your virtual projector / LCD Projector symbol into an interactive whiteboard that you’ll write on.

The SMART Board itself is a touch-sensitive massive display that is hooked up in your laptop. You use your virtual projector to show your visual display unit onto the SMART board and the instrument lets you contact and have interaction together with your laptop.

As increasingly more college forums and academics are making an investment in knowledge projectors, it begs the query whether or not SMART Boards are a just right funding. After all, an intuitive contact interface plus the power to put in writing on virtual paperwork (with virtual ink) would assist us to transport past blackboards, turn chart paper, and overhead projectors.

Pros

  • With the SMART Board, you’ll keep an eye on any software in the course of the contact board. So as an alternative of operating from at the back of the pc keyboard, you (or your scholars) may also be on the entrance of the school room bodily interacting with the show.
  • You can use any of the four colors of markers or the eraser to put in writing in virtual ink over packages, internet pages, or transferring video. The SMART board nonetheless works in the event you lose the pens. (There are four colored pen holders and one eraser. When you carry the pen out of the slot, it selects the color or the eraser. When you contact the display, it makes use of the chosen colour or the eraser.)
  • Like different virtual ink instrument packages, you’ll save your paintings right into a pocket book document, and you’ll convert handwriting into textual content.

Cons

  • Hard to put in writing. The greatest sadness with the virtual ink comes from the truth that a SMART Board is a front-mounted projection display. This implies that your knowledge projector is about up in entrance of the display (like an overhead projector). Which implies that while you stand in between the projector and the display, you solid a shadow at the display… proper the place you are attempting to put in writing. Sure, it used to be cool to engage with systems by way of touching the display, however, it used to be onerous to put in writing notes since you had been repeatedly blockading the picture.
  • Hard to put in writing smartly. To be completely truthful, it used to be a little bit disappointing how our handwriting grew to become out at the SMART Board. Better than our studies with the opposite virtual pens (i.e. the i-pen), however the handwriting used to be nonetheless massive, blocky, and messy. One of the issues it’s important to educate your self to do is not to lean up in opposition to the SMART Board. When you write on a blackboard or white board, you most often relaxation the threshold of your palm at the board. If you do this on a splash display, the cursor jumps in your palm and it does not figure out. You have to coach your self to only write the usage of the end of the pen. The marker labored fantastic if we would have liked to underline or circle key concepts, however in the event you sought after to edit or revise a 12 level, double-spaced Word Document, you’ll have a difficult time getting the keep an eye on required.
  • You nonetheless have to transport backward and forward from the keyboard to the display. We may just get started up our internet browser by way of touching the SMART board, but if it got here time to go into within the website online deal with, we had to return to the table to kind within the URL.
  • Expensive. The Total Cost of Ownership of a SMART Board may also be prohibitive for the school room instructor. Retail price of a 77? (195.6cm) front-projection SMART Board Interactive whiteboard is $1399 (USD) with a grant from the SMARTer Kids Foundation of Canada. (www.SmarterKids.org)
  • You want to provide your personal knowledge projector. A brand new, respectable projector will price round $500 – $1000. The SMART Board is only a massive contact pad. Your want to supply your personal projector to show the picture onto the good board. (Software, connection cables, and stand are integrated.)
  • You might wish to improve to a wi-fi connection ($199 USD) to do away with the cables and the tripping hazards in the school room. The display symbol and the SMART Board contact display might get knocked out of alignment. This implies that while you attempt to click on a button, the mouse pointer seems a couple of inches to the facet. You’ll need to realign your {hardware} which might interrupt the lesson.