The Downsides of Using Interactive Whiteboards

1. Time Required for Lesson Preparation

Designing and preparing lessons for use with these devices is extremely time consuming, because teachers need to research, evaluate, interpret, install, and maneuver the software programs that allow the devices to be used. 

2. Insufficient Training Can Lead to Problems

Teachers who lack adequate training often have difficulty using electronic whiteboards, which cause frustration for teachers that leads to the decline of student morale, classroom atmosphere, and respect for the teacher.

3. Student Height Limitations

Young students and older students who are short in stature typically have trouble reaching an interactive whiteboard’s top portion. 

4. Problems with Lighting and Display

Whiteboards are hard to see when sunlight hits them so they have to be positioned correctly, with effective blinds in the classroom or meeting area where the boards are used.

5. Problems Caused by Remote Access

Remote data entry typically results in the generation of mixed signals, on-screen nonsense, and an overload of inputs. In addition, teachers might experience problems if students use their remote access ability to for other purposes.

6. Cost of Purchase, Installation, Training, and Maintenance

Perhaps the greatest disadvantage of using interactive whiteboards is their high initial cost, which ranges from $1,500 on the very low-end to $6,500+ each depending on model. In comparison, traditional whiteboards cost anywhere from $25.00 to $600.00 each and a ReMARKable Clear Whiteboard Paint 100 Square Foot Kit only costs around $315.00.

7. Negative Impact on Eye Health

Continuously staring at interactive whiteboard screens, especially in dark rooms, can strain the eyes and thus negatively impact students’ eyesight. 

8. Limitations on the Touch-Sensitive Function

The screens, at times, may fail to be responsive enough to convey the information required. This shortcoming can be quite frustrating to users such as teachers in classroom settings, as it interferes with lesson plans and students’ ability to learn effectively.

9. Distortion of Data

The advantage of simultaneous data entry from various points can quickly turn into a drawback if a board distorts or jumbles information coming from multiple input devices at the same time. Such an incident can end up being quite messy and the data presented might lose meaning. 

10. Resistance from Older Teachers

Old school teachers are often uncomfortable with using high-tech devices in the classroom, including interactive whiteboard. Some find the devices too complex while others complain about having to change their long-established instructional styles when required to use them.

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