Selecting the Right Interactive Whiteboard
Switching to interactive whiteboards opens up many new possibilities on how you can present and convey information to an audience, be it your fellow office employees or your classroom students. But with so many types of interactive whiteboards available on the market, selecting the right one can prove tricky. Therefore, to make things easier for you, here’s a look at the factors you should keep in mind when selecting an interactive whiteboard:
The BoardThe first choice is the way the interactive board works. Touch sensitive boards are more accurate with less interference and you can just use your finger, whereas infrared screens require the use of a special pen and can be inaccurate when there is a lot of light. So, it is up to you to decide which type of interactive whiteboard you want to purchase and the training it will be required for you to use the board properly. Don’t worry, as we provide free training after installing the interactive whiteboard you have selected.
SpaceAnother thing to factor in is the space you can reserve for the interactive whiteboard. The reason is that there are numerous factors which affect the usability of the IWB, including the lighting, the actual size of the screen, dynamics of the whiteboard i.e. if it is fixed or portable, where you are using it i.e. in the classroom or in a boardroom, and the projection surface. This is why you need to select the right space for installation.
SoftwareThere are many interactive whiteboards on the market that come with their own special software, offering a wide range of functions and features but they can also cost more and many of the features might not turn out to be of any use in your work. When selecting your system, keep in mind the features you will need and your budget. Be sure to get to know about a board’s capability. Some suites only work with certain particular software while for others, the resources are virtually unlimited. The interactive whiteboards offered by Parrot are durable, versatile and easy to use, and we also offer professional installation and free training.
What will you use the interactive whiteboard for? If it is purely for visual applications, you might not need to buy a microphone or speakers and but if audio is a required feature, the additional paraphernalia is necessary. Tablets and audience response systems can greatly help enhance the experience and their importance in the classroom is increasing. However, in business meetings, these things might be crucial. So, when it comes to accessories and additional equipment, only buy what you need.