An interactive whiteboard (IWB) is a large touch interactive display that connects to a computer and projects the computer's screen onto the display's surface, much like a standard projector. Interactive whiteboards have the benefit of allowing directly tactile interaction through the use of a stylus, finger, or other device. This capability allows a user to draw, annotate, move and manipulate objects, and more using the board's software. These capabilities will vary slightly according to a board's brand and model. Oregon State University currently supports two brands of interactive whiteboards: Hitachi StarBoards and SMART Boards.
What you see on your computer is projected onto the board and can be interacted with directly using the installed StarBoard software and your finger or a stylus. Features include the ability to write directly on the board, move and rearrange objects, and import and annotate pictures, PDFs, Word docs, and PowerPoints.
What you see on your computer is projected onto the board and can be interacted with directly using the installed SMART software and your finger or one of the included pen-shaped styluses. Features include the ability to write directly on the board, move and rearrange objects, and annotate directly on outside software programs such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and even an internet browser.
SMART Boards come with a physical tray attached that includes pen-shaped styluses and an eraser. Most boards can identify the difference between a pen, eraser, and your finger based on the surface size contacting the board.