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The ancient Egyptians were definitely onto something when they drew hieroglyphics all over the pyramid walls.
For thousands of years we have been capturing stories and mapping out solutions to problems by writing on surfaces.
And even though the stone tablets of old have been replaced with the digital tablets of today, there’s still something about capturing ideas and sharing information in a written form that can’t be replaced.
Communication, discussion and inclusivity are all improved when students and teachers use whiteboards for collaboration and information sharing. Here’s our top six reasons why they work so well in a learning environment and discover in our video below, what teachers and students love about this low-tech learning tool.
Writing in a book or using a device is a very solitary exercise. Having students sit around a whiteboard to share and generate ideas, while being able to view each other’s work has a positive impact on everyone's wellbeing. If one student is having a bit of an ‘off day’, watching a peer writing and collaborating can really help to encourage participation.
Students can visually work through a problem, wiping off and re-starting when they need to. They can get their ideas down and everyone can see them, allowing discussion and feedback along the way as they explore alternatives to get to the answer. Students will often work things through before they commit to writing their finished work in a book.
Unlike a personal device, where one person is in control of the keyboard, whiteboards encourage democracy. Every student can have access to a pen and whiteboard surface and contribute at the same time. Encouraging an environment where everyone's ideas can be shared at once affords some wonderful creative thinking.
Whiteboards might be a simple learning tool, but it's this simplicity that can encourage big thinking. You don’t need to learn a new program or update software. You don’t need to worry about it running out of batteries or crashing on you. You just need to clean it every once in a while... and that’s about it.
Well... almost. From tables, to storage units to teachers hubs - whiteboard surfaces can work wherever and however you teach. Where else can you get away with letting the kids write on furniture?
Got some good ideas? Then get them down on your whiteboard. Take a picture of your mini Einsteins' masterpieces and then store it, so you can share their big ideas and clever solutions later on.
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