Create A Digital Whiteboard For Your Class

[ad]Most corporate offices and some university classes have digital whiteboards. Unfortunately, in the past, most public schools could not afford this technology tool as it cost about $2000.  However, that may be about to change due to some generous knowledge sharing and the power of the Internet.

First of all, what is a digital whiteboard? It is a projection screen that you can interact with. For example, you can write on a projection screen using a pen with an infrared light.

An MIT student posted a brief demonstration of how to create a whiteboard with some off the shelf materials including a Nintendo Wii remote.

One fifth grade class at Clara Byrd Baker Elementary School in Pennsylvania actually built the whiteboard and ended up saving the school $800.

As well as saving the school a whole bunch of cash, the project has given the kids a lot of confidence, as well as a fun experience—something they all appreciate. “I think the most important thing that the students enjoyed and learned was to be innovative,” adds Merritt. “As part of the ‘digital native’ generation, they can recognize things in their world that they can improve or create, and have the confidence to tackle projects that many ‘digital immigrants’ wouldn’t touch. This is a new generation. They must be engaged in their world with the tools of their time.

Creating a digital whiteboard is an exciting and cost effective project for any classroom that wants to add a modern element in 2011.