A Guide to Different Types of School Whiteboards

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We are living in an era where technology has sneaked into all parts of life. Monitors, touchscreen digital devices and hi-def cameras are regularly being used in schools as teaching devices. But it seems no modern-day touch device can come close to the popularity of the whiteboard. 

The reason for their use is quite simple. Unlike the other tech school devices, these boards don’t need to be powered in order to be used. They are multitaskers on which you can write, project images or videos or attache some illustrations materials with magnets so your students could have a better understanding of the subject. Available in different sizes and types, whiteboards can certainly improve your teaching experience while being easy to use.

Types of Whiteboards

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Portable Whiteboard

As the name implies, this type of whiteboard can be easily moved which can be quite helpful. Teachers will find that investing in a portable whiteboard is handy especially when they need a writing surface in different areas of the classroom or even in different rooms on the same day. Although it has wheels, the castors are lockable to make it stable and firmly standing on the floor without moving. The portable whiteboard can come in different sizes, giving you the opportunity to choose the right one for your needs. Many mobile whiteboards are reversible with a whiteboard face on both sides providing you with double the surface to use. 

Wall-Mounted Whiteboard

Unlike the mobile whiteboard, the wall-mounted one is permanent and cannot be moved from one place to another. Although it can take up a good amount of the wall space in a classroom, this whiteboard can be a great floor space-saver. When it comes to choosing the right size, it mainly depends on how much free wall space there is in the classroom.

Types of Board Surface

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Nowadays, whiteboards can come in a wide range of surface types that look almost the same. Understanding them can certainly help you make the right choice as all of them have their pros and cons.

Porcelain

Also known as ceramic dry erase boards, the porcelain whiteboards are a common type of the markerboards. They have become a popular choice in schools because of their durability and resistance to stains and scratches. The porcelain surface whiteboards are easy to erase and write on while also offering the opportunity to use magnets on them.

Melamine

Commonly used in dishware, melamine has also found use in the production of whiteboards. Quite different from the porcelain surface, melamine whiteboards are made of plastic that can be written on and erased. When compared to porcelain, the melamine boards are more affordable which can be beneficial if stocking on several whiteboards. Another advantage of melamine whiteboards is their weight and their steel backing that makes them magnetic. One of the greatest disadvantages of melamine boards is that the surface is susceptible to staining, denting and ghosting.  

Glass

Although porcelain whiteboards are considered as less porous, the glass boards are considered not porous at all which makes them the most durable option on the market. Just like porcelain boards, there is no ghosting or staining when writing and erasing on glass boards which can add to their longevity. Usually, frameless, glass boards can also come in a range of colours that can be fun for your students. The one and only disadvantage is their higher price.

Gorilla Glass

Although mainly used for making smartphone screens, this is a specialised type of glass that can be used for boards as well. It is thin, lightweight, durable and resistant to scratching and even cracking. When compared to glass and to any other board surface, Gorilla glass boards are considered as the toughest and longer-lasting choice. An important thing to know is that there are different versions of Gorilla Glass of Gorilla glass which might affect the quality and price of the board as well.

Specialised Whiteboards

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Music Staff Whiteboards

As the name implies, these whiteboards have a music staff printed on them which makes them ideal for music, band and choir teachers. This can save them valuable time as they won’t have to draw a new staff every day.

Calendar Boards

Similar to the music staff board, these boards have a blank calendar printed on them instead of a music staff. Since the calendar is already printed, you will only need to write down dates and tasks eliminating the need to draw a calendar on a daily basis.

Peel and Stick Boards

These whiteboards are rolled up like a poster. In order to be used, they should be peeled off their protective backing and stuck onto the wall which is quite easy. They are more affordable than framed boards and are easy to set up as they don’t need to be mounted.

Whiteboard Easels & Flip Charts

These boards allow teachers and students to write while having markers and erasers nearby. Most of these boards are portable, making them easier to use.