Guest Post By James Lines
Ed Note: This post is sort of a follow up to a series of posts I did here late last year in which I started learning about IWBs and discussed my experiences working with a team of fellow staffers at The College of Westchester to determine how this technology could benefit the instructional process in our institution of higher education (whiteboards have not been as ubiquitous in Higher Ed as they have been in many K-12 districts, for a variety of reasons). We ended up deciding to procure a Polyvision Eno board to trial in one of our Digital Media classrooms, as it seemed likely to be quite useful in the instructional process, and it appeared more efficient and cost effective than many of it’s competitors. In this guest post, CW instructors shares observations from his use of the system in the classroom. Thanks James!
Room 507 was chosen to test a technology new to the CW learning environment, the Eno Interactive WhiteBoard from Polyvision. When I first saw the new whiteboard, I noticed it looked like the average whiteboard but just a little smaller. No cords, gadgets, satellite dishes, or futuristic interfaces were apparent.
As class commenced, I pulled out my archaic “wet marker” and proceeded to scrawl all over the new board. I drew diagrams, sketches, curves and points with little bubbles of info to supplement my visuals. I was happy to find that the dry eraser worked just as well on this board as any of the other boards in the building. However after working with the Interactive pen, things became much more interesting!