There are many collaborative technologies designed to help groups work with
computer-based information in the meeting room. By using collaborative technology,
widely dispersed work teams can easily share information, whether theyre
located across the country or around the world. And with the focus on teamwork
in many organizations today, easy access to vital information can, in essence,
determine success or failure.
One such tool is the SMART Board interactive whiteboard that lets you access
computer-based information in the meeting room and record meeting information
using a simple whiteboard interface. The board can improve both your meetings
and your groups general productivity. How? Read on!
What is a SMART Board interactive whiteboard?
The SMART Board interactive whiteboard that, when connected to a computer and
an LCD projector, gives you fingertip control of computer-based information
and the whiteboard capability you already know how to use.
Because the SMART Board interactive whiteboard has a touch-sensitive surface,
when you project your computer image onto the board, you can control any application
by pressing on the boards surface with your finger. In effect, you use
your finger on the SMART Board interactive whiteboard just as you would your
mouse at the desktop. For example, to open a Microsoft Windows document, simply
touch on the Open Document icon. To run an application, simply double-click
(by touching twice in rapid succession) on its icon. Because your finger is
your mouse, you are able to interact directly with the application.
Since the SMART Board interactive whiteboard senses pressure on its surface,
you can pick up a dry-erase marker or pen tool from the SMART Pen Tray, write
with it on the board, and what you write will appear on the board in electronic
ink. You can see what you have written on the board because the LCD projector
is projecting the computer monitor image onto the board.
What are the benefits of using a SMART Board interactive
Here are just a few of the many good reasons an interactive whiteboard allows
your group to be more effective in the meeting room:
||Access key documents at any time during a meeting
discussion, even if the discussion was unplanned. For example, in the middle
of the meeting you can open a relevant Microsoft Excel spreadsheet, sketch
the trend youve been discussing and do a real-time what-if analysis
to see if the proposed solution works.
||Deliver a presentation to the group from the
front of the room, where you can be most effective. Advance your Microsoft
PowerPoint slides by simply touching the boards surface and circle
or underline key points to focus the groups attention on critical
||Make changes to CAD/CAM drawings, documents or
spreadsheets in the meeting as an immediate result of group collaboration
||Access a live Web site during your meeting to
provide information about the discussion topic and substantiate your point
||Connect via Microsoft NetMeeting software to
your colleagues in another location, pick up a pen from the SMART Pen Tray,
write in the whiteboard area and your notes will be seen by meeting participants
at the other location
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