Purchasing considerations

Standards and pedagogy


Interactive whiteboards will work with PCs and Macs (but check you have the right software). Typically, they support a wide range of common resolutions, including VGA, XGA, SVGA, and SXGA.


Interactive whiteboards can be used as primarily presentation devices, but in that case you should consider whether a desktop or notebook PC attached to a data projector would do as well at rather less cost. The key pedagogic aspects of interactive whiteboards are:

  • Their size, which facilitates collaborative group working
  • Their interactivity, which facilitates active learning, not just passive reception of information
  • Their accessibility, for learners with visual or physical impairment
  • Their recordability, so that an end product can be emailed, stored for subsequent re-use, or deconstructed to analyse a process