Are whiteboards important learning tools or glorified chalkboards?

The popularity of interactive whiteboards in the classroom continues to grow, but some educators say the devices -- which cost as much as $5,000 apiece -- are just an expensive version of the tried-and-true chalkboard, especially when teachers do not receive adequate training or choose not to use the devices' advanced features. "What makes it worthwhile are the interactive features and getting the kids at the board to connect with the material, because on the whiteboard you can present it in a way you cannot do with a chalkboard or overhead projector," one teacher said.

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