If you’re like me, you probably consider yourself a tech-savvy teacher. But I have made some frustrating mistakes with my interactive whiteboard. Let me share a few of them with you.

Improper Connection

If you’re experiencing display problems, then your computer may not be properly connected to the interactive whiteboard. Remember to power-on your whiteboard system and connect the cables before you turn on your computer. If you turn on your computer first, it won’t recognize the board. A green light indicates your board is functional, and a red light indicates that it’s not connected to your computer. If you’ve checked the connection and it’s still not working, then ensure that the hardware’s driver software has been installed correctly on your computer.

Damaging Your Board’s Screen

An enthusiastic teacher or student might damage the screen by poking it with a pen or other sharp object. The surface of some interactive whiteboards comprises two layers of material that briefly touch when the screen is pressed. Pushing too hard may cause the two layers to get stuck and remain in contact. The whiteboard will constantly sense a contact, and the cursor won’t move when you touch the screen. You can try to release the surfaces by firmly rubbing a small circle around the spot with your fingertips, or by sticking a piece of tape to the area and gently pulling the surfaces apart.

Mistaking the Interactive Whiteboard for a Dry-Erase Board

Raise your hand if you’ve ever written on an interactive whiteboard with dry-erase or permanent markers. It’s a common mistake many teachers make. Remove the ink as soon as possible. The longer it stays on the surface, the harder it will be to clean. Never use glass cleaner or ordinary dry-erase board cleaning products. They won’t adequately remove ink, and they may damage the surface of your board. Use a simple damp sponge with mild soap or a paste of baking soda and water. Some manufacturers also offer cleaning products that are made just for interactive whiteboards. Also, always remember to turn off your whiteboard before cleaning it.

These are some of the pitfalls I’ve encountered over the years. What mistakes have you made with your interactive whiteboards? Don’t be shy! Maybe you’ll help stop another teacher from doing the same thing.