Well we haven't had one wrecked yet as I said but if you have heavy things flying around in a classroom then yes, get a hard board.
Originally Posted by drjturner
You do get pens with them, but I doubt high resolution are a benefit of either technologies. If you want high resolution you are looking at a graphics tablet. But saying that i have demonstrated to the Art Dept some software to a high degree, got a very nice tree if I remember correctly. A mixture of finger, knuckle and a light touch. From what I can find they have very similar resolutions (in the XGA range)
2. Higer resolution - because the circumference of the end of your finger is about 1-1.5 cm rather than 1-2mm of a pen, there is resolution loss on touch sensative boards.
You can but why? I can't see any comfortable position that would entail leaning on the board with one hand while writing with the other. Admitedly when starting out to start with I find teachers rest their writing hand on the board but that soon goes after the first few uses.
3. You can lean on the electromagnetic board with 1 hand while writing with the other. If you do that on a touch sensative board the pen will jump between the 2 points.
You can hover with smart boards. Move the cursor over the area you want and remove your finger, or hold finger over the area. Don't forget a click is a definite tap, not just having touched an area.
4. You do not have the hover function on the touch sensative boards so you cannot use tooltips in software
There is a hardware button on the bottom of the boards for right-click. Possibly not as convienient as on the pens but stops accidental pressing by kids as they use them
5. You do not have a right click button for selecting menu's
On touchscreens and smartboards ;) I enjoy using my finger and I know alot of the kids do as well, possibly because it is different. Takes me back to finger painting the living room wall with out the hefty yelling after :)
Personal one - When in life do you use your finger to write? On windows when they steam up!!