Why Teachers Prefer School Whiteboards to Chalkboards
Whiteboards have become an integral part of most classrooms over the last couple of decades. If you’re over a certain age, however, you may remember that not so long ago chalkboards were all the rage.
Both surfaces are designed to be wiped free so that teachers can ‘start again’ and that’s part of their allure in the learning environment. They are something everyone can use, even pupils who can to take part in activities using and they don’t require any training.
Blackboards are Dusty
One of the first big differences when it comes to chalkboards, however, is the dust they produce. Chalk is a natural substance that breaks down into tiny particles which can make it a pretty messy teaching medium to use.
School whiteboards, on the other hand, use pens and that means they don’t create any dust at all. If you suffer from allergies or are simply sensitive to dust, a whiteboard is a much better choice. One of the big downsides of chalkboards are the dusters which tend to become clogged with loose chalk. Just bang one on a table top and you’ll see what we mean.
Writing With Chalk
It’s actually not that easy to write onto a vertical surface as any teacher will tell you. Chalk is particularly difficult because it can break and crumble with the least pressure. It also makes that nasty squeaking sound which many older ex-pupils will remember.
Writing with a pens is a lot cleaner and less stressful on the arms and shoulders than chalk. You do need to make sure that you keep the lids on the pens so they don’t go dry but, apart from that, you should be able to draw and write quicker and with less effort.
Contrast With School Whiteboards
If you have a large class, using a whiteboard is much better simply because it’s easier to see from all four corners of the room. There’s greater contrast between the ink and the white background of the board. Chalk can be difficult to see properly, especially in low light conditions.
Apart from schools, most businesses and conferences use a whiteboard for giving a talk or training to staff. You can also use a lot bigger range of colours.
Cleaning School Whiteboards and Blackboards
The idea of both types of board is that they are easily cleaned and there’s not much difference between the two. Whiteboards tend to use drywipe eraser while the chalkboard uses a duster. Older white boards used to be a little difficult to get completely true but that’s certainly no longer true with modern products.
Whiteboards come in a variety of shapes and sizes including fixed ones as well as those that can be wheeled to different locations. You’ll even find small, handheld whiteboards that are great for using outdoors.
You’ll also find ones that have details printed on them. For example, if you teach music, there are boards with staves printed across the surface. You can get gridded ones that are ideal for maths and science classes.
At Red17, we have a big range of school whiteboards that are suitable for almost every occasion and kind of lesson. Durable and long lasting, there are solutions to fit any budget. Many of our whiteboards are designed to be portable which means you can easily move them from classroom to classroom.
Take a look at this interesting blog on What Your School Classroom Needs to be the Perfect Learning Environment.