Interactive Whiteboards/ Smart Boards
An interactive whiteboard (Smart board) is a large interactive display that connects to a computer and projector. A projector projects the computer’s desktop onto the board’s surface where users control the computer using a pen, finger, stylus, or other device.
They are used in a variety of settings, including classrooms at all levels of education, in corporate board rooms and work groups, in training rooms for professional sports coaching, in broadcasting studios and others.
One of every seven classrooms in the world will feature an interactive whiteboard by 2011 according to market research by Futuresource Consulting.
Uses for interactive whiteboards may include:
The pointer or other device may be used to activate programs, buttons and menus from the whiteboard itself, just as one would ordinarily do with a mouse. If text input is required, user can invoke an
on-screen keyboard or, if the whiteboard provides for this, utilize handwriting recognition.
Some manufacturers also provide classroom response systems as an integrated part of their interactive whiteboard products. Handheld ‘clickers’ operating via Infrared or Radio signals, for example, offer basic multiple choice and polling options. More sophisticated clickers offer text and numeric responses and can export an analysis of student performance for subsequent review.
Short-throw Projection with Smart Boards
Some manufacturers offer short-throw projection systems in which a projector with a special wide angle lens is mounted to the smart board surface and projects down at an angle of around 45 degrees.
These vastly reduce the shadow effects of traditional front-projection systems and eliminate cables that cause a risk of tripping. Also, light from the projector shining into the teacher or students’ eyes as they present on the Smart board is greatly reduced. The threat of projector theft, which is problematic for some school districts, is reduced by integrating the projector with the interactive
Interactive Classroom Furniture
If we were wooden puppets, we wouldn’t worry about the ergonomic design of a workstation. Our bodies could adapt to any position without risk of injury. But we’re not puppets. Our bodies have a natural way of seeing and moving. When we go against nature, we set ourselves up for injury.
Your eyes have a natural viewing angle for near work, the same angle you use when reading a book. Nova desks allow you to view your screen at that same angle.
Nova desks allow the viewing angles and distances supported by studies in the fields of ergonomics and optometry. These desks position the computer 30 inches or more from the eye and
20-50 degrees below horizontal eye level, depending on the user’s eye height and posture.
Nova desks offer further advantages not found with other computer furniture:
Manages wires – Nova hides unsightly computer cables. This also protects them from being accidentally disconnected.
Saves space – Nova removes the CPU, monitor and keyboard and frees up the most critical part of your workspace.
Assures privacy – The recessed monitor provides security for sensitive materials.
Lowers costs – Nova eliminates the need for a separate computer workstation or dedicated space within a workstation. This saves space.
Enhances eye contact – desks allow a direct line of sight.
Interactive classroom furniture doesn’t stop at just desks, there are many varieties of furniture designed to improve the classroom atmosphere; chairs, tables and handicap accessible desks.
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