Interactive Whiteboard Experts Identify Best Practices, Pain Points, and Upcoming Trends
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By Leslie O'Neill

What are your top best practices for choosing and using interactive white boards?

“Practice with the IWB before you apply it in a professional setting.” - Philip Leimbach, User Support Analyst III, University of New Mexico

“Save and distribute electronic notes from meetings. Enable active collaboration in meetings. Encourage delegate participation in training sessions.” - Kevin Donaghy, Director, Virtual Channel Ltd

“Understand how IWBs can enhance your product or service. Compare available products to determine which best helps your business. Consider also the support you will get.” - Mark Madigan, President and CEO, IT Cadre



What are the most significant pain points you’ve experience with interactive white boards?

“Lack of use! The fear it instills in the faculty.” - Philip Leimbach, User Support Analyst III, University of New Mexico

“Users who don’t know how to use the board get frustrated and don’t use it. Ink-aware features can be erratic and may not work effectively. Users who have not been trained on using the software will only use it as a projection board, which makes it a very expensive projection board.” - Kevin Donaghy, Director, Virtual Channel Ltd

“Complicated proprietary operating systems. Multiple platforms for operating systems within the same [school] district. Lack of material or skill to create material.” - Todd Deluca, President and CEO, Aegom Interactive, Inc.

What are the top trends you foresee in the interactive white board space in the near future?

“Web-based software for IWBs to make use of flexible learning, cloud storage capabilities, and access to most current updates.” - Lisa Williams, Teaching and Learning Specialist, Mimio

“Companies will start to use this technology outside of the meeting room to collaborate with suppliers, colleagues, and customers using the SMART Bridgit software and video conferencing. Students coming out of schools and universities will be used to touch technology, and utilization will increase. More players will enter the market and the key differentiator will not be the boards, but the software supplied with them.” - Kevin Donaghy, Director, Virtual Channel Ltd

“A move from sensitive media for whiteboards to motion-sensing input. Cloud-based content. Inter-brand compatibility.” - Todd Deluca, President and CEO, Aegom Interactive, Inc.

“Larger displays, more flexible configurations, and better integration with software products.” - Mark Madigan, President and CEO, IT Cadre


How can colleges and universities get the most out of their investments in interactive whiteboards?

“Schools should rely on as many web-based resources as possible. Even if there is a membership fee, it is usually cost effective. Schools have to invest in professional development for technology integration.” - Lisa Williams, Teaching and Learning Specialist, Mimio

“Don’t buy equipment that your faculty will not buy into.” - Philip Leimbach, User Support Analyst III, University of New Mexico

“Train users how to use them effectively. Invest in remote collaboration software and video Conferencing, and meetings will be more productive, reducing travel costs and timescales to make decisions.” - Kevin Donaghy, Director, Virtual Channel Ltd

“Provide content or teach the teachers to create content. Buy an IWB based on flexibility with content sources and ease in creating content. Make sure there is regular support available to the teachers to use and create content.” - Todd Deluca, President and CEO, Aegom Interactive, Inc. TD End Icon Final 14 px



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