Interactive white boards have been around since the 1990s and are a common sight in the classroom – and they are now being used more and more in the boardroom too. Interactive white boards work by linking a computer with a special white board via a projector. Depending on your set up and the type of interactive white board and software you use, you can project material onto the board and then interact with it by writing on the board, manipulating objects and more. There are many situations where interactive white boards have advantages over other tools – here are seven reasons why you should use interactive white boards in business.
Interactive white boards are still a bit of a novelty to many people and using one in your business meetings will help grab the attention of participants and keep them focussed on the board.
Interactive white boards are excellent for teams working collaboratively as they are easy to use, you don’t need any training and everyone can get involved with brainstorming and making notes. Staff won’t be able to resist taking a more active part in meetings when you use an interactive white board.
Whereas flipcharts and traditional white boards are relatively static, interactive white boards are truly interactive. As well as making notes and diagrams on the board, you can integrate video, audio, web pages, documents, DVDs and more to enhance your spoken presentation and make it much more dynamic.
Enhanced staff training
Using interactive white boards for training makes learning more efficient, because you can use videos, make notes and then share the session with trainees so they can continue learning long after the training ends.
No more typing up from flipcharts, or having to scribble away frantically before the notes are wiped off the board. You can record and save interactive whiteboard sessions, and then share the information or use it at a later date.
Easy to view
If you need to show colleagues tables, graphs or videos you don’t have to crowd round a computer monitor – viewing multimedia materials on an interactive white board means everyone can see, however the meeting room is set up.
Using software such as SMART Bridgit, you can share your interactive white board sessions with remote workers, home workers and external offices, making your business work smarter and reduce travel costs. You can even integrate your interactive white board with videoconferencing technology to create a complete remote conferencing experience.
There are many ways you can use interactive white boards in business – you are only restricted by your imagination! We’d love to hear how you have used interactive white boards to work smarter in your business – please leave us a comment with your ideas. And if you haven’t yet discovered the benefits of interactive white boards, give us a call on 0118 336 0010 or fill in the form on the right to arrange a free demonstration.