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Whiteboard Winner

Kaptivo smallWhat if you could get the interactivity of a whiteboard projector without all the expense and hassle of one? Kaptivo can transform any whiteboard into one that everyone in the class can see and work with on their computers. The key is Kaptivo’s overhead camera that captures everything written on the board in color and then transmits it via WiFi to every computer in the class via an ordinary Web browser. While the software removes hand motions inadvertently captured during the lesson, students can’t annotate their screens for the class to see; the company is working on it. All told, Kaptivo costs $400, making it a bargain.


Paint Your Ideas

ThinkpaintWith ThinkPaint, any wall can be a place to do everything from drawing shapes, writing the alphabet and dissecting sentences to having math races. At $300 for covering 75-square feet of wall space, the paint-on whiteboard surface is cheaper than a standalone board and a single coating will last for years. Available in white, cream or a custom paint, you can get a free sample to try it out.

The New Board of Education

ClarusIn the beginning, there was the chalkboard, then the whiteboard and now the Glassboard. Made with high-quality quarter-inch thick glass, the Clarus Glassboards are good for anything from writing math equations to modeling sentences to drawing maps. They’re available in a variety of colors, are more durable than other glass or melamine boards and Glassboards come with a shelf to stow the markers. They can be set up as a single unit on a wall or with casters or as hinged individual screens that combine for a wall-wide writing surface.

Teaching Whiteboards a Thing or Two

SmartmarkerEqui’s SmartMarker can turn a plain old whiteboard into a smartboard with the ability to save and distribute what’s been written. Whether it’s for drawing polygons, sketching a map of Europe's battles or sharing the latest faculty meeting, SmartMarker can do double duty. It fits over a standard marker and, along with its sensor can capture what’s written on a board of up to 16- by 5-feet. You can use several colors to create meaningful lessons. There are apps for Windows, Macs, iPads and Android tablets for editing and sharing with the class, whether they’re sitting in front of you or are home sick with the flu. It should be available by March.


Six-Finger Board

MimioboardThe latest interactive MimioBoard uses the company’s Touch 360° technology to enable up to six touch points, perfect for collaboration, student competitions or just finger painting. Students or teachers can write, draw or just doodle on the board in a variety of colors and line weights to annotate an image or freehand to sketch a map or math problem. The wide-screen MimioBoard is available in 78- and 87-inch versions that are made of steel with a heavy-duty porcelain surface that resists scratches, stains and classroom abuse.


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