An electronic (sometimes called interactive) whiteboard is a popular tool used in the workplace, classroom, training room and in sporting/coaching situations.
Using a digital projector, a computer screen is projected on to the whiteboard. This allows the instructor to control what’s on the computer screen using the image on the whiteboard. Using a finger, pen or stylus, items can be clicked, dragged or copied. The person using the whiteboard can either use an on-screen keyboard or handwrite notes that will be converted to text. You can also do things like highlight text, add notes and drawings, show pictures and demonstrate a website.
Information written on the board is scanned and either printed out or saved directly to your computer, so there is no need to take notes. The good thing about this is that people can concentrate on what’s being said and shown, instead of trying to multitask, taking notes. It’s also helpful for people who couldn’t attend because it allows them to have an exact copy of what was covered.
Electronic whiteboards can be good for group interaction as they can promote collaboration, group discussion and participation. They’re also great for brainstorming because notes can be taken on the board, then saved and shared.
You can also use it to watch DVDs or other videos and media that is played through the computer.