Online Smart Boards in Classroom
Implementing technology in classroom - source: edtechmagazine.com

A number of teachers may not yet be aware of the benefits of using smart technology in classrooms. One of the most used pieces of educational smart technology are smart boards – interactive whiteboards that give students the ability to learn both independently and collaboratively. However, with a development of cloud technology, standard smart boards are becoming outdated. Collaborative online whiteboard, used as classroom online smart board, presents a low-cost alternative for standard digital smart boards.

This article will demonstrate both general benefits of using smart boards in classrooms and specific advantages of online smart boards over standard technology.

Embracing Smart Board Technology In The Classroom

Here is a list of some of the most important advantages of using smart boards in classrooms.

Enhancing Student’s Learning Experience

Smart board technology provides enriched learning experience by projecting visual elements. Visual learners can observe the projection screen/board while tactical learners can learn by touching the tablet or laptop screen.

Smart Means Interactive

Research has repeatedly demonstrated that students learn best when there is involved use of hands or they are touching with their hands – in other words hands on–learning. Smart board interactivity provides students the ability to write and draw by the touch of a stylus pen or a finger.

Focusing On Lectures

Students can use teacher’s notes projected on the screen/board and save them or send them via e-mail. They do not need to take them by themselves, which lets them focus better on the content of the lectures.

Classroom Collaboration
The role of smart boards in classroom collaboration – source: elearninginfographics.com

Collaboration

Probably the most important advantage of smart board technology over traditional board is the ability of collaboration. Students can write or draw at the same time on the same canvas thus stimulating creativity.

 Access To Online Resources

Students and teachers can easily access a wide range of online resources via laptop or tablet necessary for interactive lectures or collaborative schoolwork.

 Interactive Whiteboard
Interactive whiteboard – source: cultofpedagogy.com

Online Smart Board VS Standard Smart Board Technology

We have learned that smart boards are useful educational tool that helps teachers to empower their lectures. However, there are some considerable downsides of using smart boards, too.

Downsides of Standard Smart Board Technology 

First of all, smart boards can be really big investment – the cost of a smart board with full equipment can go up to $5.000! That is quite a sum, especially for classrooms with fewer students. Furthermore, in the best-case scenario, only five students can write on the board simultaneously. That means not the whole class can participate in collaborative work, but only few students. Another big issue, that you should consider, is the matter of endurance and board maintenance costs. Classroom full of children running around is not the safest environment for the high-end technology prone to be scratched or turned over.

Alternative 

However, there is an alternative. AWW is the first online smart board app designed for in-class use that is compatible with all devices, operational systems and browsers. That means greater flexibility for schools who don’t have budget for smart boards or laptops for every student. With AWW every student can bring his own device and simply draw on it. Only thing school has to provide is a projector and a projection screen. Teacher can open AWW online smart board on tablet, then share the board on the computer connected with projector and everything that teacher draw will show on a projection screen. Best thing of all is, AWW has absolutely no limits regarding simultaneity: everyone can participate at once.

Here is a full table of features comparing online and standard smart board.

FEATURE AWW ONLINE SMART BOARD STANDARD SMART BOARD
Cost Low Cost High Cost
Billing Interval Monthly Subscription At Once
Compatibility All Devices, OS And Browsers Particular Devices/ OS
Simultaneity No limits Limited up to 5 users
Installation Not Required Required
Maintenance Requires Any Software and Hardware Maintenance

 

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Author: Dorotea Knezevic

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