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Free Teaching Tools for Interactive Whiteboards

I found a cool website today, that became even more cool when I found that they were offering free interactive whiteboard lessons.  The lessons provided are for grades K-4, that begin with simple number recognition and end with adding and subtracting fractions.  Pretty nice for free!  Here’s what I found at http://www.dreambox.com/teachertools.  Check it out!

FREE Teacher Tools for Interactive Whiteboards Develop Students’ Mathematical Thinking

Twenty-five lessons. Infinite possibilities.

Ready for use in elementary classrooms with any type of interactive whiteboard, these high-quality virtual manipulative tools help teachers connect students with great ways to make sense of math. Use these tools to create an environment for students to explain, discuss, and defend their mathematical thinking.

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Interactive Whiteboards Taking Over Classrooms

Obviously, I’m a fan of interactive whiteboards in the classroom (especially eBeam products), but even I was pretty astounded when I read some of the statistics listed in the following article.  So, Simba Information, a market research company, found that interactive whiteboards are used in “29.5% of K-12 classrooms for at least 5.1 hours a day”, and “IWBs were found to have the most penetration of any recent tech device, with an average usage of over 70% in all major subject areas in elementary schools”!  Very cool!  It really makes me happy to hear that IWBs are being used so often in the classroom.  The benefits that IWBs provide for both teachers and students is incredible, and I believe that eBeam provides the very best in interactive whiteboard technology.  So, check out the following article and then visit our website at www.ebeamrocks.com.

This article was found at http://www.marketwire.com/press-release/interactive-whiteboards-used-295-classrooms-at-least-51-hours-day-simba-information-1644218.htm

Interactive Whiteboards Used in 29.5% of Classrooms for At Least 5.1 Hours a Day: Simba Information

STAMFORD, CT–(Marketwire – Apr 16, 2012) – Publishing forecast firm Simba Information revealed interactive whiteboards (IWBs) were used in 29.5% of K-12 classrooms for at least 5.1 hours a day. In a recent report by the publisher, IWBs were found to have the most penetration of any recent tech device, with an average usage of over 70% in all major subject areas in elementary schools.

IWBs were reported to have had a significant impact on student achievement by 60.7% of respondents in an MCH Strategic Data survey. According to the report, almost as many teachers reported using IWBs for more than 5.1 hours a day as those who reported using them for less than 3 hours a day. “The biggest difference between our 2009 study and this report is the increased use of technology in the classroom,” said Kathy Mickey, senior analyst for Simba Information. “It’s becoming a norm that devices are used throughout the school day.”

IWBs are being used in all major subject areas, with the highest use in mathematics followed by reading/ELA, according to the report. IWBs are the leading new device and have become a tool for connecting educators to other new devices, such as clickers, tablets, smartphones, MP3 players and others. They are followed by desktop computers, laptops and projectors which have been around in schools much longer.

“Interactive Whiteboards have become a fixture in classrooms and are being used more by educators,” said Mickey. “They have helped spur the use of a spectrum of devices by enabling users to gain comfort with technology.”

The Simba Information report, “K-12 Tech Tools and Trends 2012,” is built around an MCH Strategic Data survey sent out to school district educators, administrators and technology directors who are responsible for implementing technology in the classroom. The report covers a plethora of devices, including interactive whiteboards, projectors, document cameras, desktop computers, laptop/netbook computers, tablet computers/iPads, eReaders, MP3 players/iPods, smartphones and student response systems/clickers. It reveals which technology tools are being deployed in the classroom, how much time is spent using them, and where the digital curriculum being used comes from. It also gives an insider’s look at the funding environment and the factors influencing purchasing decisions.

About Simba Information:
Simba Information is widely recognized as the authority for market intelligence in the media and publishing industries. Its extensive information network delivers top quality, independent perspectives on the people, events and alliances shaping the industry. Simba routinely assists clients and the press with publishing and media industry analysis.

What is eBeam?

So, Luidia has created a new website entirely for eBeam that best reflects their products and partnerships, and offers an easy and engaging experience.  Cool!

Now users can:

  • Quickly find out what eBeam is and does – from the technology behind the products to real-life use cases.
  • Navigate easily between the different products and accessories to find the solution that fits their needs.
  • Contact us (Interior Dimension, Inc. in Ballwin, MO) directly to buy eBeam products, for special offers and for the personalized support that only we can provide.

So, check out www.e-beam.com to see for yourself!

Also, on the website is a little background story on how eBeam came to be.  Check that out at http://www.luidia.com/products/what-is-ebeam.html.

Remember, we have an awesome website for eBeam also!  Check out ebeamrocks.com for eBeam information, awesome prices and our contact information.  Please feel free to call us with any questions or concerns you may have.  We pride ourselves on our awesome customer service!

eBeam Scrapbook Rocks!

I’ve been wanting to show a demonstration of the eBeam Scrapbook, and today I actually found a video that does just that.  eBeam Scrapbook is Luidia’s multi-media education software used for gathering, preparing, presenting and sharing content.  The video provides a lot of examples of the different functions that the Scrapbook provides, and numerous ways to use the eBeam Scrapbook in the classroom with your interactive whiteboard.  Pretty awesome!  Take a look!

Interactive Whiteboards Discussed by the Experts

I found the following article to be very interesting because even though the comments are from experts from different companies and fields, their comments still seemed comparable.  I am a little disappointed that there weren’t any expert comments from anyone associated with Luidia, but it’s still a good article.  After reading both the concerns and upcoming trends in interactive whiteboards, I believe that Luidia is definitely moving in the right direction to provide outstanding technology that’s easy to manipulate.  Check out our website for more information on Luidia’s eBeam technology… http://www.ebeamrocks.com/.

The following article was found at  http://www.k-12techdecisions.com/article/interactive_whiteboard_experts_identify_best_practices_pain_points_and_upco.

Interactive Whiteboard Experts Identify Best Practices, Pain Points, and Upcoming Trends

Find out what you need to know about IWBs before you go all in.

By Leslie O’Neill

April 04, 2012

What are your top best practices for choosing and using interactive white boards?

“Practice with the IWB before you apply it in a professional setting.” – Philip Leimbach, User Support Analyst III, University of New Mexico

“Save and distribute electronic notes from meetings. Enable active collaboration in meetings. Encourage delegate participation in training sessions.” – Kevin Donaghy, Director, Virtual Channel Ltd

“Understand how IWBs can enhance your product or service. Compare available products to determine which best helps your business. Consider also the support you will get.” – Mark Madigan, President and CEO, IT Cadre

What are the most significant pain points you’ve experience with interactive white boards?

“Lack of use! The fear it instills in the faculty.” – Philip Leimbach, User Support Analyst III, University of New Mexico

“Users who don’t know how to use the board get frustrated and don’t use it. Ink-aware features can be erratic and may not work effectively. Users who have not been trained on using the software will only use it as a projection board, which makes it a very expensive projection board.” – Kevin Donaghy, Director, Virtual Channel Ltd

“Complicated proprietary operating systems. Multiple platforms for operating systems within the same [school] district. Lack of material or skill to create material.” – Todd Deluca, President and CEO, Aegom Interactive, Inc.

What are the top trends you foresee in the interactive white board space in the near future?

“Web-based software for IWBs to make use of flexible learning, cloud storage capabilities, and access to most current updates.” – Lisa Williams, Teaching and Learning Specialist, Mimio

“Companies will start to use this technology outside of the meeting room to collaborate with suppliers, colleagues, and customers using the SMART Bridgit software and video conferencing. Students coming out of schools and universities will be used to touch technology, and utilization will increase. More players will enter the market and the key differentiator will not be the boards, but the software supplied with them.” – Kevin Donaghy, Director, Virtual Channel Ltd

“A move from sensitive media for whiteboards to motion-sensing input. Cloud-based content. Inter-brand compatibility.” – Todd Deluca, President and CEO, Aegom Interactive, Inc.

“Larger displays, more flexible configurations, and better integration with software products.” – Mark Madigan, President and CEO, IT Cadre
How can colleges and universities get the most out of their investments in interactive whiteboards?

“Schools should rely on as many web-based resources as possible. Even if there is a membership fee, it is usually cost effective. Schools have to invest in professional development for technology integration.” – Lisa Williams, Teaching and Learning Specialist, Mimio

“Don’t buy equipment that your faculty will not buy into.” – Philip Leimbach, User Support Analyst III, University of New Mexico

“Train users how to use them effectively. Invest in remote collaboration software and video Conferencing, and meetings will be more productive, reducing travel costs and timescales to make decisions.” – Kevin Donaghy, Director, Virtual Channel Ltd

“Provide content or teach the teachers to create content. Buy an IWB based on flexibility with content sources and ease in creating content. Make sure there is regular support available to the teachers to use and create content.” – Todd Deluca, President and CEO, Aegom Interactive, Inc.

Changes in Technology in Education

Another cool video.  I almost got a little teary eyed with this one.  Maybe I’m just feeling a little bit old after seeing all the new technology that is available for kids today.  I thought we were so technologically advanced when I was in grade school and we had the good old Apple IIe computers.  Who would have thought that technology would have come so far??  Not me.  This video is also accompanied by Bob Dylan’s song “The Times They are A-Changin'” so maybe that’s what made me feel so sentimental.  Whatever it was, please take a look and enjoy!

Awesome eBeam Tutorials

I can’t believe that I’ve never posted the link to Luidia’s eBeam Tutorials on this blog!  It provides a selection of short instructional videos for installation and setup of eBeam devices, including the Inscribe 200e tablet, Focus 150 camera and the Edge Projection system. You’ll also find videos for understanding and effectively using the eBeam Education and Capture software.  Obviously a great resource if you already have an eBeam device, but also cool if you’re considering purchasing an eBeam device, or are just curious about all the things that eBeam can do.  Take a look!

Here’s the link…  http://www.e-beam.com/support/ebeam-videos.html