Forget projectors, ink-smudged fingers, and dry erase markers that run dry halfway through a sentence. Offices and educational institutions should enjoy the ability to create stunning visuals which deliver impactful and motivating presentations. Additionally, interactive whiteboards are a fantastic and modern way to motivate teams, inspire collaboration, and drive engagement in audiences.

RJ Young works with Ricoh to provide state-of-the-art interactive whiteboards for a variety of clients, industries, and educational institutions. Read on to learn how interactive whiteboards can revolutionize participation in a classroom or office.

Features of Ricoh Interactive Whiteboards

Ranging from 30 to 80 inches wide, Ricoh’s line of high-quality interactive whiteboards can meet the needs of large and small establishments. In addition, every device comes equipped with productivity amplifying features.

Users can enjoy the following features:

1. Workflow and Connectivity

Each whiteboard display supports an interactive experience by using touchscreen annotations. They also use apps to streamline productivity and connectivity with other platforms. As a result, enjoy full integration with Microsoft Office and connect with all devices to keep the workflow smooth and uninhibited.

2. Collaborative Capabilities

Create annotations and share screen images with remote users in real time to enhance the collaborative powers of a team. Leverage Ricoh’s Intelligent Workplace Services to create a comprehensive digital collaboration environment, which drives productivity and innovation.

3. Open Architecture

Additionally, all whiteboards come with Ricoh’s Embedded Software Architecture — this software helps maintain application compatibility across devices that many offices may use. The open nature of this software means numerous third-party solutions can also integrate flawlessly with Ricoh devices.

What To Consider When Choosing an Interactive Whiteboard Solution

The power and versatility of interactive displays have made them widely popular, leading to a vast array of offerings on the market. When choosing an interactive whiteboard solution for a classroom or business, consider the following:

  • Audience size. Consider how many people will need to interact with it. Undoubtedly, devices which support multiple simultaneous functions enable more collaboration.
  • Connectivity. The ability to link to numerous devices at once allows the audience to watch the presentation on their own devices. This benefits large lecture halls, or meeting rooms where everyone wants to take their own notes.
  • Space size. Interactive whiteboards range from 30 to 80 inches wide. In other words, this impacts how far it can be viewed from, and where viewers should – or should not – sit.
  • Software and apps. A classroom will require different apps and programs than an office. On the other hand, an office might find the ability to integrate with other document management platforms advantageous.
  • Durability. Above all, interactive whiteboards in a classroom setting must be durable to withstand student use. In other words, higher-end interactive whiteboards will find a better home in offices that want to wow clients.

RICOH Interactive Whiteboards Amplify Learning and Teaching

Interactive whiteboards in the classroom bring a variety of benefits to students, teachers, and schools. Here are three reasons why classrooms should embrace this modern technology:

1. Facilitate Active Learning

Students who are engaged with the material learn better. Furthermore, interactive learning encourages students to take an active role in the classroom. This is scientifically shown to increase learning and knowledge retention.

2. Encourage a Technological Culture

Technology in the classroom is a contentious topic. However, it is a healthy disagreement about whether or not it belongs there between teachers and students. Nonetheless, the presence of an interactive whiteboard in a classroom sends the message that an educational institution embraces technology. Interactive whiteboards also create a forward-thinking and modern culture which reflect the expectations of students.  

3. Assist with Lesson Structure

It is not just businesses who can leverage the app and connectivity capabilities of the whiteboards. Teachers can also put these tools to use to create new and exciting lessons — faster, and for less work.

Interactive Whiteboards Drive Productivity at Work

It’s not just students who get bored with one-way communication and lackluster dry erase scribbles. Interactive whiteboards bring many of the same benefits to the workplace, with the additional benefit of supporting current workflow processes which are already in place. Thoughtfully deployed interactive whiteboards in the workplace are beneficial in the following ways:  

  • Transforms lectures into brainstorming sessions that involve all participants
  • Keeps everyone on the same page with real-time file sharing
  • Supports annotations to help prevent details from slipping through the cracks
  • Connects with mobile devices and laptops to fit seamlessly into a workflow
  • Improves the quality of meetings and training sessions
  • Puts an impressive foot forward with current and future clients

Interactive Whiteboards: Technology for 21st Century Presentations

In conclusion, Interactive whiteboards are a low-disruption, high-impact update for offices and lecture halls. Create an atmosphere of motivation and forward-thinking by using an interactive display to transform presentations.

RJ Young helps businesses and educational institutions make the best selections for all of their technology solutions. Contact an expert today to start a discussion on how interactive whiteboards can benefit you.

The last decade has seen tremendous advances in the technology used to print full size architectural and engineering design drawings. The quality and speed of printers continues to improve while equipment prices and operating costs drop. This has given designers considerably more options when choosing the tools to commit their creativity to paper.

For architects, another trend has been the outsourcing of their large format printing to reprographers. Although this trend is now well established, most architects still find it convenient to be able to print full size drawings as check prints or for presentations. For this application there are many high quality inkjet printers available from Canon, Oce, HP and Epson. Typically these printers are used to print less than 1,000 square feet per month, and only a few sheets at a time. Many models have scanners as options enabling users to scan drawings to digital files or make copies.

While print volumes for architects have declined, engineers typically find it necessary to print multiple copies of larger drawings sets. LED (laser) printers are better suited for this role and capable of printing anywhere from 1,000 to 100,000 square feet per month, with differing degrees of paper handling efficiency for stacking and collating output. Most equipment in this category now comes standard with the ability to scan drawings in color to capture red lines and other notations. The primary manufacturers of large format LED printers are Oce, Ricoh and KIP, with Oce commanding the largest market share (41% of new placements in 2013).

A developing trend that could disrupt this pattern is the introduction of color devices capable of matching the speed of monochrome LED devices with very competitive operating costs. Most recently, Oce introduced the ColorWave 900, which can print design documents as fast as 12” per second (click here for a video demonstration)!

As equipment in this category becomes cost effective, designers will have the option to generate their plans in color, which will in turn aid in reducing mistakes in the construction process. This promises to be the “next big thing” in printing technology for the architectural, engineering and construction industries.

Brian Eastin,

Brian assists customers in choosing the right wide format printers and scanners to fit their workflow and increase their productivity and efficiency. Prior to working for us, he was in the engineering industry. He has 12 years of experience and started with RJ Young in 2005. Brian is from the Dallas, TX area and works out of our Nashville, TN office. In his spare time he coaches middle school football, is heavily involved in his church and the local community.