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Chalk one up to the whiteboard (06 Oct 2005)
As with personal computers, the first use to which schools put whiteboards was to teach IT itself, as a glorified PowerPoint projector. This was hugely underusing their potential, says Mark Beaumont, sales director of Infacom, an educational IT specialist. Some of the best uses he has seen are in teaching science: children can watch an experiment happening in real-time and then stage by stage in a "virtual flip chart". The danger is that preparing such teaching material takes time and commitment. "Unless you have an enthusiast, the whiteboard will often sit in a box for a year."
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