In 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.
Equi’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.
The 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.