Have you heard about interactive whiteboards? Maybe you have encountered the digital kinds used online, but these interactive whiteboards or smartboards can be used in many ways. Imagine having to sit down in a business meeting with the presenter using one. No one will ever dare to doze off.

What Is an Interactive Whiteboard?

It is a term used to refer to interactive displays that resemble that of a whiteboard. It can have many technologies employed as long as it promotes interaction between the presenting and the device. Let’s say you draw something. Of course, on a traditional whiteboard, you can do that using a whiteboard marker. But can you make it move? Can you turn it into a 3-D model? Can you colour it beyond the colours available for a whiteboard marker? With an interactive whiteboard, you make it appear so because of the convenience of the display and the variety of controls. The term itself, ‘interactive,’ is meant to make written ideas engaging and transformable through digital means on a whim. The concept has existed for a long time already that even way back in 2004. About 90% percent of primary classrooms in the UK have interactive whiteboards today.

What Are the Types of Interactive Whiteboards?

Interactive whiteboards have many technical applications. ‘Old-school’ versions utilize digital projectors. The presenter will use a subtle remote control, probably in the form of a pen, to create images or ‘click’ what is being displayed. The remote control has many applicable wireless technologies such as infrared, Bluetooth, or so on. However, the interactive whiteboards nowadays are in the form of giant tablets. Those are some enormous devices, and not to mention, they use ‘smart technology,’ or the technology responsible for smartphones. That’s a great yet expensive way to encourage children to learn, but if such a device is to be used in offices, there can be a great increase in communication.

How to Use Interactive Whiteboard during Business Meetings?

Imagine presenting using an interactive whiteboard. Pretty cool, right? Not yet, since you will only be as cool as how you present ideas and data. There are many things to do in business meetings, such as pitching concepts, tackling issues, or showing statistics and comparisons. All of those presentation styles are for influencing the decisions of the people present. With an interactive whiteboard, you can turn presentation up a notch through either of the following:

  • Smooth presentation of data analysis
  • 3-D modeling with freedom of rotation
  • Demonstration of before-after situations
  • Video conferencing with important people
  • Mirroring of a remote presentation
  • Simulation of a process

There are many things you can do beyond the already excellent click-and-drag method. However, you have to select the appropriate mode of technology to remain reasonable for your budget. It will seem too much to invest in a tablet-like interactive whiteboard even if your company is not into graphical designs.


Interactive whiteboards will just be getting better and bigger, to the point that you can create hologram images. Nevertheless, no matter how advanced the technology is, users can only realize its potential through its capability.

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