Managing any work or learning environment can be expensive and time-consuming when it comes to resources.
In this article we are going to look at the modern-day alternatives to chalkboards and paper: lined dry erase boards (large).
We will look at how they can improve productivity in your environment and how they can support you in living a greener life, whilst saving you time and money.
I will provide you with direct links to an in-depth product review for a lined dry erase board that I recommend.
What Are Lined Dry Erase Boards?
Whiteboards are a hard, often white surface that is used to make marking of the impermanent nature.
They have a much smoother surface that allows teachers (and pupils) to create and erase making at a more rapid rate.
Lined dry erase boards have permanent lines that promote neater handwriting and presentation. This, in turn, makes it easier for the audience to read what has been written down.
Erase boards have a similar function to traditional blackboards, however, they are more commonly found in today’s classrooms, offices, meeting rooms and other working environments.
They differ from electronic interactive whiteboards.
Improve Organization and Productivity
Erase boards improve teaching and working because they are easier to use, they come in a wide variety of sizes, are versatile and practical.
As a teacher I often had difficulties using chalkboards – the board was often dirty and needed a thorough clean, my duster was old and smudged chalk around instead of cleaning it, the chalks were often broken when I came to use them and I had to write at a certain angle in order for my writing to be eligible.
Then there were the boards with the large pads of paper. These were useful if you wanted to prepare a few different pages to use throughout a session, but flicking between the pages is a waste of time and paper.
In contrast, the smooth surface and simple design make erase boards easier to use. You simply take the lid off, write and then wipe clean when you are done!
They are faster to write on. This provides people with more time – who doesn’t like the sound of that?
Whether you are working in an office, teaching a class of students of revising for an exam… time is useful.
What would you do with more time?
Erase boards come in a variety of different sizes. Small ones can be used by individual pupils on the carpet.
Medium-sized ones are perfect for small group meetings and training environments.
Large ones can be used for whole-class scenarios with 10+ people.
The Green Benefits
Unlike most alternatives, once these boards have been produced and purchased, they can be used time and time again. They are made from durable materials and have a long shelf life.
Anything that lasts a long time is good for our environment as it reduces our use of the world’s natural resources.
Here at About Going Green as we strongly believe in preserving our planet’s natural resources.
The most common alternative to dry erase boards in the paper. Paper is made from trees. It seems that we are cutting trees down faster than we are planting them. Yes, we can buy recycled paper, however, many professionals such as teachers are on tight budgets and simply cannot afford this luxury.
Yes, they may get a little dirty over time, but these smudges can easily be removed with an all-purpose vinegar-based cleaning product.
For more information on why you should choose natural cleaning products over toxic products that are commonly found on the shelves of most stores, please read my post titled ‘Go Green Cleaning Supplies’ here.
Saving You Time and Money
Buying erase boards, lined or unlined, is an investment. It will cost you more money upfront but it is likely to save you time and money in the future.
You will save money on the purchase of paper, which can be expensive, especially if you are funding a class, a school or even a cohort.
Where To Buy
Many places stock these great resources and everybody will have their shopping preferences.
I like to do my research before shopping. Be sure to check out my article review on the best erase board here in a couple of days.
A Few Final Thoughts
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