Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Teaching Online : Digital Whiteboard Vs. Physical Whiteboard

Adios Amigo, Power point. This was the first thing we did, after we noticed that teaching online isn’t as easy as we thought. Power Point presentations (for that matter any prepared or structured presentations) may be good for certain types of information exchange, but we felt, they are not definitely meant for teaching a technology.

We improvise our training programs almost every minute. So we keep our planning and teaching material to the least possible. This will let us fine tune our programs, examples and illustrations based on audience, time of the day or even based on events that happened that morning. With prepared presentation, we really got bored ourselves talking about the same old thing. And as mentioned earlier, Power point presentations proved to be quite rigid. It was quite difficult to let ideas flow and in more than one way forced us to kiss good bye to improvisation.

And we had a terrible experience using a digital whiteboard in place of a normal, traditional, physical whiteboard, call us old school. Even with a Wacom touch pad. It was a whole lot difficult to draw something on digital white board than we ever thought, an absolute thought breaker. So, we turned to what we are most comfortable with. A physical, traditional and old school white board. And we positioned a Logitech webcam to capture the whiteboard and feed the video on the screen in stead of a power point presentation. We felt real good and now back to our free style and lively training session.


We tend to believe that we could actually cover more with a free form, in a way that is more relevant and easily understandable than a fixed form presentation.

Call it old school, but teaching is never better.

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