Purchasing considerations

Accessibility, security and convenience


The large scale of interactive whiteboard panels and the option to control them and write on them using fingers make them potentially useful assistive devices for a range of visual and physical impairments. Moreover, synchronized software and the ability to work with all programmes on the PC has huge potential for blind students and tutors. Interactive whiteboards are also extremely useful in teaching hearing-impaired students.

Security and convenience

Interactive whiteboards can be fixed or freestanding. Free-standing boards have the
advantage of portability, but the disadvantage of being vulnerable to theft, together with their associated projectors, so additional security measures may be necessary.

Fixed boards can be made more secure but they are less flexible to use. Portable boards can be moved around between teaching areas but must be aligned carefully with the projector each time they are set up and this can be inconvenient.