2. Get involved from the back row or a back road. Reflecting the increased mobility in classrooms and real-life work environments, students can connect to the whiteboard wirelessly from inside or outside of the classroom. At the architecture school, that means being able to mark up a PDF of an architectural drawing on the board, having students weigh in from their mobile devices, annotating from wherever their instruction takes them, as long as they have web connectivity.

3. Share seamlessly. Many IFPDs today can sync with third-party apps, especially LMSs. LMS connectivity can make sharing and annotating in-class slideshows a snap, in addition to other potential use cases, like real-time collaboration across distances on homework, from calculus corrections to poetry analysis. The architecture school chose to take it in a particularly exciting direction: installing CAD software directly to the whiteboard, so students could collaborate on drawings and diagrams within the exact kinds of software environments they would expect to encounter in the real world. This makes learning the ins and outs of specialized programs faster and easier, with real-time instructor and peer feedback available every step of the way.

Universities considering an IFPD would do well to note these use cases, both as examples of what can be done and inspiration for what more can be done.

How could your classroom use an IFPD? If you’re interested but unsure how to proceed, third-party experts who have studied the issue and helped drive positive learning outcomes are available to help.

About the Author:

Elisa Esposito is senior manager, channel marketing, higher education, K12, and SLG for Ricoh USA, Inc., responsible for vertical marketing strategy, development, and success to ensure strategic alignment for customer environments. Esposito has worked with Ricoh’s strategic partner, Blackboard, to create the industry’s first scanning and printing connector that unites information from a Ricoh multifunction device to integrate within Blackboard Learn, and also supported the partnership agreement between Ricoh and CANVAS.

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