Smartboards or interactive whiteboards, also known as IWBs have been around for several years. They were first introduced in 1991 and since then have been popping up in classrooms all over the world. Smartboards are connected to LCD panels which work as a display for the computer screen. This allows the user to control computer applications and provides a much better learning and teaching experience.
There are several types of smartboards on the market today. The original smartboards offered front projection and rear projection models were introduced in 1992. These rear projection models helped to prevent damage to the eyes of the user from the projector beam. In 1997, a smartboard was introduced that offer rear projection capabilities and could be mounted on the wall. All of the original smartboards offered basic capabilities until a newer and better model was introduced in 2001. This new model offered recording software so that teachers could play audio and video files straight from the internet, giving them a major benefit when it came to teaching students. Lessons could also be recorded and used in the classroom at a later date.
Flat screen smartboards were introduced in 2003 and were an instant hit with teachers and students alike. Smartboards today are used in many schools as well as businesses and military facilities for training purposes. They offer many learning benefits and are the perfect choice for classrooms with younger children because they help to keep students interested in the lesson plan and provide a much better experience for teachers. Smartboards are sold by many companies around the world and there are a variety of types and models available today.
You can buy interactive whiteboards from Educational AV Ltd as well as other retailers and given the wide selection, you are sure to be able to find the perfect IWB to fit your specific teaching needs.