ERIC Number: EJ708241
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Chalk, What Chalk?
Butler, Loren L.
Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance (JOPERD), v75 n9 p12 Nov-Dec 2004
When it comes to technological wizardry in the classroom, interactive whiteboards stand on the cutting edge of the future. Students seem innately able to manipulate any type of computerized equipment, and, more important, they are highly motivated to engage in "techno-discovery." It is the duty of every educator to facilitate further discovery and "catch the next wave" of instructional-friendly technology. The electronic whiteboard sits on the crest of that wave and is in the process of replacing the simple chalkboard in classrooms or gymnasiums. What is an interactive whiteboard? One manufacturer describes it as turning a computer and projector into a powerful tool for teaching, collaborating and presenting. With a computer image projected on the board, one can simply press on its large, touch-sensitive surface to access and control applications. In layman's terms, this is a whiteboard that is sensitive to the user's touch. When the Internet is projected onto the board, the user can "surf the web" by touching the board with a finger. Anything that can be done with a mouse, a keyboard, a dry-erase marker, or chalk can be done with one's finger or with the use of electronic pens that write by touch--no ink or chalk required. This article discusses the advantages of interactive whiteboards and contains the following sections: (1) Interactive Whiteboard Use; (2) Physical Requirements; and (3) Interactive Whiteboard Comparisons.
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