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How Do I Choose the Best Electronic Whiteboard?

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To choose the best electronic whiteboard, you should consider the size of the board you need, how many people you want to be able to use it at once, and technical specifications you need. The whiteboard you choose should be large enough to be functional within the area you need to use it, but not so large that it becomes cost prohibitive. You should also consider the number of users who can work with the whiteboard at once, as different models can support different numbers. Any electronic whiteboard you choose should also provide you with secondary features you need and work with any existing hardware or software you have.

An electronic whiteboard is a device that functions much like a standard whiteboard, while providing greater interactivity through a variety of electronic features. One of the first things you should consider is the size of the whiteboard that would work best for you. Depending on the size of the room you wish to use the whiteboard in and the number of people who may need to see it, you want to choose a board that fits well and is visible to everyone. The cost of an electronic whiteboard can fluctuate quite a bit based on size, however, so you should choose a size that is both functional and affordable.

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One of the most important functions for an electronic whiteboard is the ability for users to physically interact with it. This is typically done through touch sensitivity and a number of controls that may be located on the whiteboard. The touch sensitivity is usually set for only a single user, which may be sufficient for a teacher using it in a classroom but can be limiting for boardroom meetings or some educational activities. You should consider an electronic whiteboard that supports sufficient users for your needs; both two- and three-user models are fairly common and affordable.

Different manufacturers can also provide a wide range of additional features and functions on an electronic whiteboard. You should consider any functions you want, such as easy Internet access, the ability to quickly bring up premade charts and graphs, and saving hand-drawn work as a computer file. Comparing different models of whiteboards can help you gain a sense of what features are often available and how those features might work best for you. You should also consider any technical requirements for an electronic whiteboard, such as the operating system (OS) needed to use the whiteboard and how it can connect to your computer.

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