Uses of a Whiteboard beyond the Classroom

You usually see a whiteboard in schools, offices, hospitals and even homes. It is used for many things including writing down details, mapping out a plan, or creating a calendar. Despite technological advancements, it’s still common to see it almost everywhere.

The student dry erase boards you’ve known from school is also known as marker board, wipe board or pen-board. The white board became popular around the mid-1990s. But it was invented by Albert Stallion in the 1960s.

These wall dry erase boards slowly replaced blackboards inside the classrooms in the 1990s. This is due to health issues from dust allergens.

Why do we still use the whiteboard?

  • They’re easy to use and they come in various white board sizes.

Unlike the trusty smartphone app, you won’t need to switch between tools to find the details that you need. With a whiteboard, all the information is right in front of you.

  • You can use a mini whiteboard at home or in your office but a whiteboard wall is great for brainstorming. When you’re in a meeting with a group of people, they can easily see the details on the board. You can also edit as needed.
  • Writing on whiteboard will help you remember things better. Experts say that people remember details more when they write them. Also, in most cases, you’ve already organized things in your mind even before you start writing.
  • It’s perfect for collaboration. This is why it is common in meeting rooms. It’s helpful for brainstorming. You can effortlessly write and erase things during team discussions.
  • There’s no limit on what you can do on a dry erase surface. You can draw images, create charts, write down details, make mind maps, and use magnets or post-its.

Here are ways to use the whiteboard beyond the classroom:

Calendar of activities

There are now lots of apps available where your family can share events and activities. But it’s also important to have a small whiteboard at home where you can make a calendar. You can color code it and write down important activities for the week or for the month.

This is a good option in the office too. You can use a magnetic dry erase board to create a group calendar. This way, your staff can share their weekly or monthly plans on the calendar. This will give a good overview about everyone’s schedules.

Grocery list

You can use a white board to write on and list down items that you usually buy. When you’re almost running out of sugar, for example, you can mark it on your list as something that you need to buy. Your family members can also help you in doing an ongoing inventory.

A visual list of your regular purchases will also help you identify between your ‘needs’ and ‘wants’. Doing this, you’ll be able to avoid picking up unnecessary things in the supermarket.

Food menu

List down what you’ll prepare for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for the day. Or, if you’re up to it, you can list your menu plan for the entire week. This way, your spouse or your kids will have an idea of what you’re planning for them. It might help to add a suggestion column in case they have a request.

List of chores

This is important especially if you have small kids. Having a to-do list will help you train them about being responsible at an early age. You may opt for a magnetic whiteboard for this. You can make it more fun by using magnets. Your kids can put a green magnet, for example, on a chore that they’ve already done. This will give them a sense of accomplishment once they’ve done all the tasks.

You can also do this in your office if you’re supervising a team. You can write down three columns in your office whiteboard and label them into: To-do, In progress, and Done. You can write down each task on a post-it note. This way, you or your team can move the note to the next column until the task is complete.

Planning for the holidays

Create a trip map with all the important details such as places to eat, stay, and visit. This can be done using an app. But seeing the details on a whiteboard for home creates more excitement and anticipation.

Words of inspiration

Write down an inspiring quote. This will give your family something to think or smile about before they leave the house. You can draw something funny too. It will definitely cheer them up.

If you’re creative, you can also do some whiteboard art.

Review of lessons

You can use a whiteboard to write down a math problem or a fill in the blanks language test for your kids to solve. If you have smaller kids, you can also use the board in teaching them how to write.

If you’d like to play, you can have some whiteboard games like Hangman or Tic Tac Toe.

Whiteboard interview

If you’re in a tech job, you must be familiar with this type of interview. It’s done to test the technical knowledge and communication skills of a candidate.

There are some debates on the significance of this type of interview. Some argue that interviewers should allow candidates to only use pen and paper. Experts say that using the whiteboard makes the interview more collaborative.

Sketching

If you’re a designer, you know about making a mood board, mind map, or draft sketches using a whiteboard. This is helpful especially during meetings with clients. It makes the meeting more productive since your client is able to share their inputs right away. Whiteboard drawings will allow you to easily update design details.

Business Planning

You can draft your company’s vision and mission and marketing plan using a whiteboard. This will allow your business partners or staff to make suggestions. Also, you can track important business metrics such as expenses, income and debt. A whiteboard wall is perfect for this since it will provide a vast space for details.

Storyboard

If you’re a writer, a whiteboard will help you in planning your next novel or screenplay. You can map out a storyline and use visuals to your storyboard.

Patient Care

Hospitals have been using whiteboards to map where the patients are. They also include names of attending physicians and nurses. Some hospitals are now installing a board inside patient’s room. They indicate key details of the patient’s progress.

Fitness plans

Write down workout routines, weight goals and track results using a whiteboard wall. It’s a great way to track progress.

The bottom line is that the whiteboard will still be around for a long time. This is because it’s easy to use, it gives an overview of things, and it can be used in many different ways.