Interactive Whiteboards – The Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Students like the interaction
  • Teachers like being able to clearly demonstrate or explain something
  • It teaches students responsibility (It is their responsibility to tick their names of the role each day)
  • Students learn about technology
  • Students have open access to educational games on a large scale
  • Teachers can use Interactive Whiteboards in most lessons
  • Easy to use
  • Accommodates all learning styles
  • Suitable for all ages
  • Students with special needs can use them

Cons

  • Motivation can wear off in students once used to the Interactive Whiteboards
  • Interactive Whiteboards tend to be PC friendly not MAC friendly
  • Problems with too many wires in the classroom
  • Students interfering with and being attracted to playing with visible wires
  • Clutters the classroom
  • Takes a lot of time to pack away when needed

In conclusion the Interactive Whiteboards are a powerful teaching tool for the teacher and an excellent learning device for the students. Although it has a few faults, the good it does in a classroom quickly outweighs the bad.

Rebecca Symons Wright

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