With my first ever digital technology based practical experience coming up I thought it was important to get myself with one of the most basic and popular ICT used in the classroom, an Interactive Whiteboard. Being able to understand all the components of an IWB makes it easier to diagnose and fix problems where ICT ‘lets you down’ and be more effective in the classroom to amplify and transform student learning.
Components of an IWB
An IWB can be seen as a combination of 6 components, including:
- A touch screen or white board.A component that often looks just like a normal white board. A resemblance that can lead to the types of problems illustrated in the photo.
- A form of pointer device (e.g. a pen).Some IWBs don’t need a special device.
- A computer or similar device (e.g. tablet).
- Data projector.
At some level, an IWB is simply a computer (and any peripherals connected to that computer) the output of which is being shown on a large screen or white board. A data projector is used to show the output of the computer onto the large screen. You can interact with the screen and its content by touching it with some form of pointing device (either your finger or a special “pen”). By touching the screen, you should be able to perform all of the operations you would normally perform with a mouse. All of this can only occur if the proper software is installed on the computer and all the components are correctly configured.