What are the alternatives to whiteboards?

It’s not difficult to understand why whiteboards are so effective in the classroom. The benefits include improved learning, increased participation and easier structure for the teacher.

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Different ways to learn

There are, however, a number of other alternatives to dry wipe magnetic whiteboards that can help students learn more and enjoy themselves in the process. In this article, we take a look at some quirky learning techniques to add a different element to teaching.

Vinyl lives again

Vinyl hasn’t quite had its day; a low-cost approach to classroom learning incorporates vinyl spots. These “spots”, which are often table mat size, transform desks and tables into open writing spaces. They don’t have the same ease of use as dry wipe magnetic wipeboards, but they do adhere nicely and can be stuck not only to tabletops but also to walls, allowing teachers and students alike to write on them.

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Try harder

Dry erasable pockets may not tick all the boxes that whiteboards like those at do, but they are environmentally friendly in the sense that they allow students to practise classroom tasks on any number of occasions without wasting paper.

Keep those plates spinning

A cheap and planet-saving alternative are plastic plates. They are cheap to purchase and can be used a multitude of times, and they avoid mountains of wasted paper. Students can use dry erase markers and answers are immediately available to the teacher.

Clean slate

Whiteboards are a great way of actively involving students in the learning process; another good alternative that is worth exploring, however, is using mini-chalkboards. This allows for pupils to be engaged and interacting with the teacher and subject. Indeed, there are many schools where the blackboard is still the most common form of learning.

Learning for life

Research demonstrates that students learn better when they’re fully engaged and hands-on, multisensory learning is the most effective way to engage them. Whatever you choose – whether it’s vinyl spots or whiteboards – such technology ensures that both students and their teachers are developing 21st-century skills. Creating classroom environments where pupils with different learning styles can engage and learn is the key to future success. Businesses are also reaping the rewards of such an approach with meetings and presentations at the very forefront of modern business.

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