One of the common features equipped in the digital language lab classrooms is the TeamBoard. This screen board allows us to write on with dry erase makers.
Another function which the Teamboard has is to be functioned as an interactive whiteboard using the tools such as Microsoft Ink Tool in Microsoft Word or PowerPoint. The TeamBoard is connected to the wall-mounted projector and it will project the display of the instrcutor’s machines in the classroom.
When you open a document in Word or PowerPoint and touch the board, the ink tool tab will appear in the application (The image below is the Microsoft Ink Tool Tab in Microsoft Word). You will select the tool to draw the line or highlight in the document.
Other annotation or drawing tools can also be used for this interactive whiteboard, for example, the annotation and drawing makeup tool in Adobe Acrobat Pro X or simple Adobe Photoshop and so forth.
Whether you use the dry erase markers or Ink tools, the primary function of the screen board is to write. However, the major difference between the two is that the interactive annotation and drawing tool allow us to save the drawings in document. Therefore, the interactive whiteboard can be beneficial for the activities which involves the instructor’s feedback to the student work, for example. The Ink Tool can be used for instructors to provide the feedback to student’s paper in word document or research presentation in powerpoint slide (memo, highlight, underlines…etc). For example, an EFS class uses the TeamBoard annotation and drawing to provide the feedback to student’s papers. The feedback from the instructor will be saved in the document. Then, the students will be revising their work following the feedback.