How to choose the best interactive whiteboard for your classroom

As schools everywhere embrace the benefits of adopting digital technology in classrooms, interactive whiteboards have proven to be a popular staple.

It’s clear that this technology transforms schools into fun, engaging learning environments – but with so many options on the market, choosing the best interactive whiteboard for your classroom can be a challenge.

Luckily, this isn’t a decision you have to make alone – Speechi’s expert teams are on hand to provide valuable advice and guidance on choosing the best classroom interactive whiteboard.

In the meantime, we’d like to provide a summary of the factors you should keep in mind while you decide on the best digital whiteboard for your classroom.

Your classroom’s size and seating plan

Your classroom’s size and seating plan & Interactive whiteboard

When selecting the best interactive whiteboard for your use-case, it is important to establish how much space you are working with, and where your audience will be facing.

Generally speaking, the larger the room’s dimensions, the larger the screen you will need – so using these criteria will help you narrow down your choice to a specific screen-size.

To provide a general idea of what to opt for, a standard classroom has a depth of approximately 6 metres, and seats around 30 students. For a classroom of this size, a 75” screen would be the best choice. However, if your classroom is less than 6 metres in depth, a 55” or 65” screen would be a better option.

If you are looking to install your interactive whiteboard in much larger classrooms, gymnasiums, and assembly halls, for example, a larger screen would be necessary. In this case, we would recommend our 86” or 98” screens.

The height of your pupils or students

The height and age of your pupils is also a key factor to take into account, as this will also help you narrow down which screen dimension is best, and what sort of screen support you would want for your classroom interactive whiteboard.

For example, a 98-inch interactive whiteboard won’t be much use in a class or reception or Year-1 pupils, as it will be too large for them to view properly – and unless the whiteboard is almost at floor-height, it will be too big for them to reach and interact with.

With this in mind, it is best to opt for opt for a smaller-sized screen, like our 55-inch interactive whiteboard. For older primary school pupils, you can then consider using larger screens, like our 65-inch options, with height-adjustable screen supports. At secondary-school age, student height is not as much of an issue, so you can opt for larger screen sizes, wall mounts, and screen supports that are more static.

Software to support you and your lessons

Software to support you and your lessons

While you consider which interactive whiteboard would be best for your classroom, it is also wise to think about which software suites you would want to have access to Speechi offers a number of software packages that are specially designed for school, education and classroom use. Iolaos is particularly useful for teachers, with tools to help you create presentations, resources for maths and science lessons, and much more.

Still not sure which interactive screen is best for your classroom?

Still not sure which interactive screen is best for your classroom?

Don’t worry – selected products are available to loan for up to 10 days, so you can decide on the best interactive whiteboard for your classroom before you take the leap and make a purchase.

Contact our teams today to get tailored advice, recommendations, and a price quotation.