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Writing on the Board

a tutorial on the relationship between the interactive whiteboard (as a mere piece of hardware) and the whiteboard software and non-whiteboard software that can be displayed on the interactive whiteboard

Margaret Ervin

on 11 March 2013

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Transcript of Writing on the Board

Here's a secret:
The interactive whiteboard is actually a fairly simple piece of hardware. Dr. Penny would be so proud of me. I used Google images and selected only images labeled for reuse. Hardware doesn't work by itself. It requires something to give it power and instructions on how to run. power source software human interaction Hardware can be as simple as a hammer or as complex as a computer. Which piece of hardware is the most complex? Components that would make a piece of hardware complex include moving parts, computer chips, and electrical circuits. Answer: A Keyboard If the USB cable is unplugged, no signal can be transmitted from the whiteboard to the computer, and the whiteboard will not work. Hm... Honestly, I'm not sure. I'll have to ask one of my engineering friends about that. Now... Back to the interactive whiteboard... Which piece of hardware is most analogous to the interactive whiteboard? But here's a question we can probably reason out, or at least reasonably consider... Which of these pieces of hardware does not require computer chips or drivers to function? Keyboard Photocopier Laptop Computer Cell Phone Hammer The interactive whiteboard, your keyboard, and your mouse are all input devices. Their function is to send signals to your cpu. Somehow, it feels like data is
being transmitted from the computer to the screen, but it isn't. The cpu sends the same data to both your computer monitor and to the projector. If you have Notebook software installed and running on your computer, that software can interpret the input from the whiteboard. When the pointer tool is selected, the whiteboard enables you to interact with your desktop the way you would using a mouse. Again, if and only if your Notebook software is installed and running, when you pick up a "pen" the whiteboard sends a signal to the computer which the Notebook software interprets so that you can draw lines and write and it will be projected onto the Smartboard and show up on the monitor at the same time. cpu keyboard, mouse, AND interactive whiteboard monitor, projector DISPLAY PROCESSING INPUT Really Nice Fridge Touching the board with your finger or with a stylus sends a signal back to the cpu. However, like the mouse and the keyboard, the whiteboard itself cannot process data. It merely sends a signal to the cpu. Via a USB cable for example... If the projector and whiteboard are lined up precisely, this enables the effect of having an interactive touchscreen. You can think of the hardware that makes up a computer as falling into three categories of function... The Interactive Whiteboard Is Confusing So, the magic of the interactive whiteboard is not happening "on" or "in" the whiteboard at all. It is happening in the cpu (usually a laptop). The "magic" is in the software. Even without any specialized interactive-whiteboard software, many computers are able to "read" the the interactive whiteboard device. The computer will accept the input as if from a giant, vertical "mouse."

On most laptops, you can use the whiteboard as a touchscreen in place of using a mouse - even without running Notebook or Activstudio. It is the software (for example Notebook software by Smart) that enables you to "write on the board.

This software allows you to save what you write in a file (e.g., a .notebook file) and display the writing again later when that file is reopened and projected again on the whiteboard.


Well, pretty close to it.

But don't forget that you can do absolutely everything on your computer without the interactive whiteboard (except write legibly if the only "pointer" device you have is a mouse). All the "interactive" functions of the board are facilitated by software such as Activstudio (by Promethean) and Notebook (by Smart). Without the software, the whiteboard is not interactive at all. It is just an input device, a giant "mouse." And here's a question for you... Can Promethean software "run on" a
Smartboard? With interactive software running on the cpu, the whiteboard - which really only fulfills the same function as a mouse - seems to be a magic whiteboard. You have all the information you need to answer this question, now that you know how an interactive whiteboard really works. "Pay no attention to the man
behind the curtain." AND... It is an input device. It has a display device projecting an image onto it. But it does not "control," "create," or "contain" the image. The cpu does that. "Writing on the Board" such as... Albeit, they are expensive - $4,000 or so... Ab and seemingly magical. Why? You might ask... 1900 2000 1989 1801 1960s 1980s 1800 The History of Writing on the Board slate blackboards invented West Chester Normal School founded (now WCU) green boards come into use dry erase boards come into use interactive whiteboard technology invented Rendell's PA Classrooms for the Future puts thousands of whiteboards in classrooms When WCU was a normal school, students took classes on how to write on the board and could be failed for having poor handwriting. Thankfully we live in the digital age. No one is held back from teaching for having bad handwriting.

No more boring courses on writing on the board.

The challenge now is the variety and pace of technological innovation. Education students and teachers have to take the initiative to keep up and make decisions about what is useful and what is not. This is a monitor. It just happens to be integrated into the laptop as a unit. The cpu is under the keyboard. * Note: Throughout this presentation you can view footnotes by clicking where the
points. Then click forward to continue. * * * Note: The Promethean board works on an electromagnetic principle. The stylus interacts with the board and a signal is transmitted to the cpu. The Smartboard works because two layers make contact when you press your finger OR a stylus on the board. The Smartboard "pens" are just chunks of plastic. * Everything you can do "on" an interactive whiteboard can be done on your computer.

Using the software does not require input via the board. You can use a mouse.

One difference is that precision and control in writing is almost impossible with a mouse.

For that precision you need an interactive whiteboard or a stylus input device.

Because you can essentially "use the whiteboard" on your computer without actually touching the whiteboad, it isn't really necessary to spend class time or presentation prep time practicing on it.

If you absolutely must, then get yourself one of these things... stylus input device Most of the time you want to use the "writing on the board" feature while in front of your audience, so not being able to write on slides while preparing a presentation is not a big drawback. to recap... Of course interactive whiteboards are popular in business settings as well. Your employer will assume you know how to use one. * Teacher colleges were called normal schools in the 1800s. The term comes from the French ecoles normales, which were founded after the French Revolution to train teachers to teach children according to Englightenment principles. 1871 * * OK, here's an experiment for you...

Stretch your arms out to the side. Then close your eyes and touch your nose with one hand. Could you do it?

You could, right?

You were using your body's sense of proprioception, the ability to determine exactly where a particular body part is in space.

The reason you are able to use a computer "mouse" is because of proprioceptive feedback. While looking at the computer screen, you can move your hand in sync with the movement of a cursor on the screen in front of you without needing to look at your hand.

With the interactive whiteboard, you don't use proprioception because the image is projected directly onto the pointer device (the whiteboard). Albeit expensive: $4,000 or so...
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