Starboards: A Powerful Teaching and Learning Tool
April 2009

Starboards: A Powerful Teaching and Learning Tool

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Students live in a multimedia world today. However, the technology that students enjoy in their lives outside of school makes it more difficult for teachers to capture their attention in the classroom with ‘old-fashioned’ tools such as chalkboards, whiteboards and overhead projectors. In order to inspire & catch the attention of techno driven youth use of latest and exciting technology should be used to make education a fun experience.

Visually stimulate your learners by using an interactive Whiteboard. Interactive Whiteboards are effective in improving the way we meet, teach, train, and present.

An Interactive Whiteboard is a surface onto which a computer screen can be displayed via a projector and then interact with the information. It allows the teacher or presenter to access and display information from the Internet, run live video from a camera, interactive presentations and color visuals. Connected to a computer and projector, an interactive whiteboard becomes a powerful tool for teaching, collaborating and presenting.

An Interactive Whiteboard is touch-sensitive, where your finger can act as a mouse or a pen. With the press of a finger, you can access and control applications on your computer or write, draw, and highlight on the board using electronic pens and erasers. Changes made to information projected onto the whiteboard are transferred to the computer and can be saved and retrieved in future lessons. Whiteboards can help you deliver exciting and engaging lessons to learners of all ages and abilities.

Hitachi Being one of the leading Global Vendors for Interactive WhiteBoards has a series of technically advanced models called Starboards. Hitachi`s Starboard FX Series is the most selling and popular interactive whiteboard to date. It delivers the highest quality of benefits at attractive and competitive prices offering users a selection of powerful tools for meetings, training and conferencing for business and education. They include a range of hardware configurations to fit all presentation, education and communication budgets and room environments.

Every FX-Series board includes the most advanced presentation software available the StarBoard suite of software. Easy to learn and install, it is designed to help the user become confident with the whiteboard within minutes. These versatile, high-performance products feature large-format image areas (77” and 82” diagonal), with durable, antiglare steel-backed projection surfaces for both electronic sensing-based and dry-erase writing. FX Series whiteboards are available with serial or USB wireless computer interfaces.
Benefits
Improving Teachers Effectiveness and productivity. They make it easy for teachers to enhance presentation content by easily integrating a wide range of material into a lesson, such as a picture from the Internet, a graph from a spreadsheet or text from a Microsoft Word file, in addition to student and teacher annotations on these objects. Good visual tools allow teachers to give simple and explicit instruction. It Also allows teachers to record their instruction as digital video files and post the material for review by students at a later time.
// T hey allow learners to absorb information more easily. // T hey allow learners to participate in group discussions by freeing them from notetaking. // M akes learning an enjoyable experience for students through active learning. // Im proving Students attention , greater participation , increased retention & Recall of content.

In India Hitachi Starboards are distributed by HCL Infosystems Ltd. Some of major institutions where Hitachi Starboard have been installed and are being used for education and training are Kendriya Vidhyalayas, Central Tibetan School, Directorate of Training, Central Railways, ITBP, etc

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