Interactive whiteboards in detail

Interactive whiteboard components

To get an interactive whiteboard up and running, five separate components are typically involved, these are the following:

  • Touch-sensitive whiteboard
  • Digital projector
  • Computer
  • Software
  • Connectivity (wired or wireless) between the computer, whiteboard and the projector

The computer and the associated whiteboard software are fundamental to the process. The digital projector allows everything that is happening on the computer screen to be projected on to the whiteboard where everyone can see it. The touch-sensitive whiteboard allows users, either the teacher or students, to interact with the information being displayed, i.e., to interact with the computer.

The ‘input device’ is usually a stylus or, in the case of SMART Boards, a finger-tip. The changing data is displayed back on the Board via the Data Projector.