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Using Interactive Whiteboards and Displays in Adult Education


An interactive whiteboard, also known as a smart board, is a large interactive display board connected to a computer (laptop, tablet, desktop, etc.) Some smart boards are even all-in-one devices - the computer is contained within the board.

Depending on the device, system, and setup, interactive boards and displays allow interaction through touch, keyboard, special pens, as well as hand-off to another device.

Some boards even require proprietary software installed on external desktops or laptops where images are projected from the device to the interactive displays.

This session can be scheduled to cover most smartboards used by an agency as an in person, 3 hour workshop only.

Topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Connecting to the board,
  • Menu items and tools,
  • Creating content,
  • Accessing content, including from the Internet,
  • Ideas for activities during class,
  • Simple troubleshooting, and more as time allows or is requested.

Only in-person workshops are available for this session. Due to the varied brands and types of interactive boards, a request for this session must be received at least one month before the workshop date. Practice time, the day before the workshop, may also be requested and/or required so that the trainer may become fully familiar with the equipment.


  1. Attendees must have basic computer skills and a valid email address.
  2. This workshop is in-person only - no online options will be allowed.


OTAN Certificates of Attendance are awarded only for workshop sessions to those that are pre-registered and attend at least 75% of the scheduled time.

For more information about this or other OTAN PD options and sessions, contact


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OTAN activities are funded by contract CN220124 from the Adult Education Office, in the Career & College Transition Division, California Department of Education, with funds provided through Federal P.L., 105-220, Section 223. However, OTAN content does not necessarily reflect the position of that department or the U.S. Department of Education.