Advantages of Interactive Whiteboards

 

Interactive whiteboards are technology’s take on workplace whiteboards and classroom whiteboards. Although interactive whiteboards are not new, off late, businesses, schools, and universities have been using them extensively because of their various advantages.

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Interactive whiteboards can improve business workflow in the following five ways:

Higher engagement during collaborative productions

Unlike traditional whiteboards, interactive whiteboards have higher levels of engagement during collaborative production. Rather than having one-way presentations, all the employees of a business can engage in presentations. For example, they (employees) can use interactive whiteboards to vote or to answer questions from their seat. The interactive whiteboard will instantly collect their responses and display them. As a result of this, the collaborative productions become more interactive, increasing the retention of all the attendees.

Effective communication

With the help of interactive whiteboards, it is easy to communicate with all the employees, including remote attendees, effectively. As a result of this, all the employees and remote attendees who attend meetings and presentations will have the same amount of information. Also, all team members will be on the same page, preventing confusion.

Easier to add notes in documents

Interactive whiteboards are more useful than document sharing in the workplace. Employees can make effective and persistent changes to documents on interactive whiteboards, during the presentation or meeting. There are various tools included in interactive whiteboards, allowing video linking, hyperlinking, estimating, 3D modelling, and more. These tools will boost communication among employees and add more value to the documents. As the writing is concise and clear, there won’t be any form of miscommunication among the employees. For example, unlike traditional whiteboards, employees can perform calculations, move around graphs, and show additional layers of data on interactive whiteboards.

Increased range of interconnectivity and data sharing

Interactive whiteboards are up-to-date with the latest technological trend. As a result of this, the range of interconnectivity and data sharing increases significantly. Using mobile applications available on the Google Play Store and App Store, all employees can connect to interactive whiteboards. Remote attendees and employees can get copies of the data on the interactive whiteboard sent to their smartphones.

Preserves all data

The information displayed on interactive whiteboards come through a connected laptop or desktop. The laptop or desktop projects the information on the whiteboard. Due to this setup, all the modifications and notes users add to documents will be recorded in the laptop/desktop hard drive. Users can also store this information in portable storage options such as pen drives, portable hard disks, and DVDs. As a result of this, employees can reuse and recall this information at any time. However, in traditional whiteboards, the information on it must be manually copied by all the attendees.

As you can see, these are just a few of the many advantages that come with interactive whiteboards. If you want to reap the benefits of interactive whiteboards, why don’t you visit The Whiteboard Shop?

On The Whiteboard Shop, you get the best interactive whiteboards in the market. These interactive whiteboards are useful in schools, universities, factories, small businesses, large corporations, and public offices to name a few.

What is Aspect Ratio?

When you are buying projector screens or displays, you would have heard the salesman talk about their aspect ratios, such as 16:9 and 4:3. Aspect ratios are the ratios between the width and height of images.

When a salesman is talking about aspect ratios of video and data projectors, he/she is telling you about their native aspect ratio – which is the ratio of the Digital Light Processing (DLP) chip or LCD panels.

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The vast majority of projectors available on the market are capable of displaying different aspect ratios. However, if you want the best results when using your projector, you need to use the native aspect ratio. Let’s find out the different aspect ratios of the various video and data projectors.

4:3 Video or Standard format

The most common native aspect ratio in data projectors is 4:3 aspect ratio. You pronounce 4:3 as “Four three”, “Four to three” or “Four by three.” The majority of computer monitors and CRT televisions come with this format. When the ratio is 4:3, it means that the image width and height are four and three units respectively.

16:9 Widescreen format

Home cinema projectors native aspect ratio is 16:9. 16:9 is pronounced as “Sixteen nine”, “Sixteen to nine” or “Sixteen by nine.” Few computer screens and most of the new televisions on the market have 16:9 as their native aspect ratio. 16:9 means that the image width and height are 16 and 9 units respectively.

When talking about various native aspect ratios, it is the physical property of LCD panels and DLP chips. Although there is a distinction between image aspect ratio and native aspect ratio, most modern projectors are capable of displaying both the aspect ratios.

The projectors will digitally convert the aspect ratio, based on how you like it. However, when you use an aspect ratio which isn’t the native aspect ratio, you are not using your projector to its complete potential.

What happens when you use a native 4:3 projector to project 16:9 image?

When you use a native 4:3 projector to project 16:9 images, the entire 16:9 image will be visible on the screen. However, there will be large black borders at the bottom and top of the image. Overall, the projector will display the 16:9 image as a 4:3 image.

What happens when you use 16:9 projector to project 4:3 image?

When you use 16:9 projector to project 4:3 image, you will see the complete 4:3 image on the screen. Although the aspect ratio is 16:9, you will observe that there are huge black borders on both sides of the projected image.

What aspect ratio should you use?

The aspect ratio you use depends on the equipment and application you use with the projector. If you are using the projector to watch movies, the native aspect ratio should by 16:9.

If you want to use the projector for business purposes, you can use 4:3 format or 16:9 format as new laptops and notebooks come with the widescreen format.

Why go for a Resist-a-Flame Boards

Why Go for Resist-A-Flame Boards

One of the oldest methods of getting the word out about an event or anything important is by posting details on a notice board. Back in the day, notice boards were simple. You just pinned a sheet of paper on it and hoped that people would read them. You really didn’t care about stuff like durability or strength.

However, thanks to the progress in technology, we have some really cool notice boards out in the market and one of them happens to be “Resist-a Flame” variety.

Frameless Resist-a-Flame noticeboard - 1200 x 1500mm (HxW) - Crimson

In this entry, we are going to look at why you should consider these modern marvels of the notice board world.

They can literally resist fire

These boards are called “Resist-a-Flame” for a reason. They are made using flame-retardant cloth and pinboards that are compliant with the most recent fire safety and building regulations. So, if safety matters to you (which it should) a lot, you should invest in Resist-a-Flame notice boards.

Plenty of options

You have a variety of boards to choose from in this category. Just because they are “Resist-a-Flame” doesn’t mean they lack other benefits. There is a range of Resist-a-Flame notice boards to choose from, each designed to meet a particular set of requirements.

For instance, you can have a double sided, height adjustable Resist-a-Flame notice board with an aluminium frame that measures 1200 mmx1200 mm. You can even choose from a choice of 5 pinboard colours. These boards are perfect for application within industrial settings and public buildings. To see some available options on whiteboardshop.co.za please click here

If that isn’t enough, you can even upgrade to the Resist-a-Flame Tamperproof Noticeboard. As the name indicates, not only are these models flame retardant, they’re also tamper-proof. These tamper-proof boards come with a guarantee of quality. To see some available options on whiteboardshop.co.za please click here

The tamper proofing comes in the form of robust acrylic covers that are further supported by aluminium glazing bars. The result is a structure that is sure to last for years. Offering further security are two locks with identical keys. To see some available options on whiteboardshop.co.za please click here

The tamper-proof boards are ideal if your primary requirement is to prevent notices from being removed or damaged.

There’s something for everybody

Resist-a-Flame boards come in a range of sizes, colour options, and functionalities. For instance, you can have the tamper proof versions in single door or double door formats. The boards can even be positioned in portrait or landscape orientation.

You can have them in sizes such as 1200x2400mm, 1200x900mm, 900x900mm, 600x900mm, 1200x1800mm.

These boards are perfect for public offices, small businesses, factories, schools, universities, and even large corporations.

To choose your Resist-a-Flame notice board, visit The WhiteBoard Shop.

The Whiteboard Shop is home to some of the best Resist-a-Flame notice boards you can find on the market. If you’re buying from the Whiteboard Shop, you can be sure that you’re getting your money’s worth.

The Whiteboard Shop has a wide range of Resist-a-Flame notice boards for your selection; to be more specific, almost 30 options that vary according to size, colour, structure, and other features.

To see some options on the various Resist a Flame notice boards available whiteboardshop.co.za please click here

Fire Resistant Boards

Tamperproof noticeboard with fire retardant cloth - 1200 x 1800mm (HxW) - Crimson

Fire Resistant Boards

When you see the tag ‘fire resistant’ on a board it usually means a notice board. Whiteboards and blackboards do not really need this marking as for the most part they are fire resistant in the way they are made. While melamine white boards backed by plywood might pose a fire threat, they are, for the most part, intrinsically fire resistant. Notice boards, on the other hand are generally backed by softer materials like cork and covered in coloured fabrics.

For our complete list of Fire resistant Notice Boards from whiteboardshop.co.uk click here

Notice boards

Notice boards are made to hold papers and other notices with the help of magnets and pins. Magnetic boards can be restrictive because magnets might not be the best way to hold up posters and charts, they need to be pinned. Pinning charts and other papers is also the cheapest and most cost effective way to display information. To make this possible, board makers make use of soft, pliable materials to allow the pins to penetrate the surface. The materials should also be elastic enough to ensure that once the pins are removed, it regains its original shape so that it can be used over. Few materials have this ability. Soft surfaces like Styrofoam, for example, is soft enough to be poked by a pin, but not elastic enough to recover from the pin prick once it is removed, sponge surfaces are elastic enough to recover from pins, but are not dense enough to hold up the weight of a pin and a paper notice.

This is the reason why cork and cork like surfaces work best with notice boards. The backing material however cannot be left exposed because they are prone to chipping and other physical damages. Fire is one such threat that every notice board faces. The wrapping of boards with fabric is not only for the aesthetics, but also to make sure that the board is protected from the elements.

For our complete list of Fire resistant Notice Boards from whiteboardshop.co.uk click here

Choosing the right board

There are several types of boards that are available in the market, so choosing the right one is important. Apart from price considerations, you need to first look at the application and where it is going to be used. Are you going to put up the board in a conference hall, a corridor, or on a wall indoors? There are boards with frames and wheels that give you absolute freedom to shift, move, and even flip the board around when needed. Outdoors will require a protective cover to keep people from accessing the board without authorisation. Indoor boards come with wall mounts that keep them in maximum visibility.

In any case, a fire resistant board is always a positive. The fabric that wraps over the front of the board is tested and meet the latest building regulation code BS EN 13501. They are safe for use in all commercial buildings, both indoor and outdoors. They are even safe to use in industrial settings where the risk of fire is real and present. Note that fire resistant does not mean fire proof; these boards are fire resistant.

For our complete list of Fire resistant Notice Boards from whiteboardshop.co.uk click here