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Why whiteboard technology is ideal for K-12

April 06, 2020

Why whiteboard technology is ideal for K-12
Whiteboard technology has been around for a while, but there are still plenty of K-12 schools that haven’t yet made the transition. If you’re looking for new sources of pro AV revenue, here’s why this opportunity could be ideal.

Collaborative learning needs whiteboard technology
Many of today’s favorite teaching strategies include collaborative learning. In traditional classroom settings, whiteboard technology is used by teachers to better engage with students and allow them to work together. Lessons that were once boring and tedious to students can now be captivating, especially when whiteboards are part of an overall classroom IT solution that includes video, chat and collaboration tools. In fact, some educators are breaking up classrooms into smaller groups of students, each with their own whiteboard on which to work together.

A newer take on education is the flipped learning model, whereby students study their coursework at home and use classroom time for working on projects together. Flipped learning provides a dynamic and engaging classroom if delivered properly with the use of pro AV technologies such as interactive whiteboards.

Whether a school is using the traditional classroom model or focusing on flipped learning, the goal of collaboration is the same and made attainable by using whiteboard technology.

Whiteboards make distance learning more effective
Just as we see in the business world, there lies the ability for students to work (or in this case, be educated) remotely. Referred to as distance learning, there are two categories being delivered today. Self-paced asynchronous learning is essentially on-demand learning where all course materials are prerecorded. Whiteboard technology can be used to digitize lessons given by the teacher. Students can then listen or watch the lesson and the whiteboard contents can be played back as the lesson progresses.

The other type of distance learning is synchronous, which is live. In this case, students can view a real-time video feed of the instructor and the whiteboard being used. Everything written onto the whiteboard can be accessed for later reference and further study.

With the proliferation of broadband internet and the affordable cost of whiteboard technology and related pro AV solutions, there’s never been a better time to approach schools.

Coronavirus reveals opportunity to keep children learning
As unfortunate as the Coronavirus is, once the dust settles every industry will be looking for ways to mitigate damage in the event of future emergencies. In the U.S., many K-12 schools were unprepared to offer students any sort of at-home education program. Distance learning, whether on-demand or live, could be the solution schools seek.

Thanks to initiatives to create more engaging and collaborative learning, as well as an increased interest in distance learning, there’s never been a better time to offer whiteboard technology to K-12 schools. For more information on how to turn this opportunity into sales, contact Tom Jones, Ingram Micro’s pro AV expert.