The interactive whiteboard is a device that can have a wide range of functions and abilities. For example, not only can you use the apps installed to engage students in play based learning activities but you can also use the computer attached to access the internet which opens up even more learning possibilities. In some classrooms, interactive whiteboards have replaced traditional whiteboards or flipcharts, or video/media systems such as a DVD player and TV combination. Even where traditional

boards are used, the IWB often supplements them by connecting to a school network digital video distribution system. In other cases, IWBs interact with online shared annotation and drawing environments such as interactive vector-based graphical websites. The software supplied with the interactive whiteboard will usually allow the teacher to keep notes and annotations as an electronic file for later distribution either on paper or through a number of electronic formats.

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