Ryan Orilio, Apple Distinguished Educator (@ryanorilio), posted on his blog recently that the iPad plus Apple TV can easily take the place of Interactive Whiteboards(IWB), ones like SMART Board. An interactive whiteboard is nothing but a gigantic mouse without it’s software. His cost analysis and recommendations were dead on. The iPad and Apple TV can do much more at half the price. District leaders need to pay attention to this!
And it got me thinking: why not a side-by-side comparison just to prove the point further?
The left hand column is IWB and software with only a projector and desktop/laptop computer. The right hand column is how the iPad and Apple TV can take the place of the Interactive Whiteboard at about half the cost.
|SMART board + SMART Notebook||iPad + Apple TV Solution|
|Color reveal, shade, pens, shapes, text||Explain Everything App, ShowMe, etc.|
|Insert sounds into presentation||Keynote Sound insert, anything on desktop can be played through Splashtop Whiteboard App|
|Play videos within SMART Notebook – wmv and flv only (no mp3)||Splashtop Whiteboard App (play anything from internet), Youtube App, mov from Dropbox, VideoConverter app to play any video on iPad|
|Annotate over web browser – annotations DO NOT stay with browser outside of software||Splashtop Whiteboard App
Explain a Website App – annotations stay with area of site as you scroll and move.
|Make handwritten notes||Whiteboard App, Splashtop Whiteboard App, Skitch,|
|Spotlight text/image on web||Splashtop Whiteboard App|
|Kids can interact by going up to board and using fingers to move objects around or picking up a pen to write.||Teacher can pass around iPad to kids and do the same with Splashtop Whiteboard App or Explain Everything in Presentation mode (moving objects around) or write with pen.|
|Control your desktop from board onto which the screen is being projected.||Splashtop Whiteboard App from iPad (no cords), Airplay to Apple TV to projector.|
|Record Actions (writing, typing, browsing) on page||Explain Everything App (with embedded web browser), Screen Recorder App, Show Me|
|Screencast with SMART Recorder||Explain Everything App (with embedded web browser), Display Recorder App, Show Me, Explain a Website App – annotations stay with area of site as you scroll and move.
Splashtop Whiteboard App plus Screencast-o-matic OR Reflection/AirServer Applet for computer plus screencast-o-matic to record iPad actions.
|Import PPT Slides to Annotate – no animations carry over||Keep animations and annotate over anything on iPad screen with Splashtop Whiteboard App|
|Document Camera Ability – Stationary||Use iPad camera as a document camera – but mobile
Board Cam App – annotate over whatever is being displayed through iPad’s camera.
|SMART Response system – which is an extra cost and NOT cheap||Nearpod App – not only can you poll and quiz students from the app, but you can manage the pace of the lecture (they see what you allow them to see and when).|
|Display Documents||Good Reader App, Dropbox App, Google Drive App, Cloud On (which is 17+ i think for those districts that pay attention to those things like mine does), Evernote App|
|Any other kind of manipulation SMART board with desktop or laptop computer and projector||Splashtop Whiteboard App|
|Erase||Splashtop Whiteboard, Explain Everything, Whiteboard App|
Limitations of the IWB
|IWB + Software||iPad + Apple TV|
|Absolutely no mobility – Teacher is stuck at the board and often gets in the way of projection.||Teacher can walk around the room.|
|Students have to get up in front of class to interact.||Teacher can pass iPad to students at their desk. Great for the shy kids. Less wait time.|
|Projects only one screen from one device (computer).||Airplay allows anyone with iPad 2, iPhone 4s, or iPod 4th gen or greater to project onto screen. Includes most Macbooks.|
|Needs to be calibrated often (especially if there is another classroom above).||Never needs to be calibrated.|