Friday, August 12, 2011

Interactive whiteboards should replace PowerPoint, not flipcharts

On July 21st I blogged about how the Anti-PowerPoint Party wants us to go back to using flipcharts. That solution doesn’t fix the problem, or consider what other hardware and software already are around. It’s as idiotic as asking us to go back to believing that the earth is flat (and square).

Interactive whiteboards (IWBs) are a better solution. They are display devices which can do anything a flipchart can do, and far more - as is shown in this nine-minute video demonstration. For teaching radiology and other visual topics they should be excellent. Last year Patricia Deubel discussed their use in education in general, and the Australasian Journal of Educational Technology devoted an entire issue (Volume 26, Number 4) to them.        

Images of IWBs came from here and here on Wikimedia.

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