Well, which do you prefer?
Chalk: cheap and simple, it always works
Dry-erase markers: get with the program, guys.
PowerPoint: Move into the 21st Century
Cold chisel & mallet: permanence
Well, dry erase markers on a dry erase board don't make that horrible screeching noise that chalk sometimes does on a chalkboard. Then again, chalk doensn't have that smell...
Guess it's either power point or the 'ol chisel on stone tablets....or, where's the papyrus...
When children have chalk, the clean up is one rainy day away. I gave my kids dry erase markers and they thought the "erase" property was in the markers and not the board. The wrote on the fridge, the oven, then the dishwasher and it erased... why wouldn't it come off of walls and doors?
On a tangent, my kids all have those smartboards at school and tape things to the chalk boards. Once I took them to school with me and they saw my chemistry teach write on the board. They were amazed. My daughter even asked to inspect his "writing tool". She said "OH! Sidewalk chalk."
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I thought your best choice was "Cold chisel & mallet", but last time I did that at an R&D review I was criticized for being too biblical (probably because of the beard).
I'm sentimental about chalk, but dry erase is the better technology. There is still something impressive about someone who can give a good, impromptu talk, with just a board and a marker.
But for a planned talk, Powerpoint or similar, is the way to go.
Maybe it's those old photographs of Dirac or Oppenheimer at the board, explaining the universe with a stick of calcium carbonate.
Given my penchant for Medieval weaponry, I just had to vote Chisel & Mallet. Although chalk, when you get down to it, is basically stone! I was happy to see nobody voted for PowerPoint so far. I had more than enough of that while I was still working.
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I like dry erase, SmartBoards can be fun as well, but they're a bit buggy.
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The problem I have with dry-erase is that the pens dry out while you're writing on a vertical board. This happens because the tip is hight than the pen body, where the ink is.
You then have to set the pen point down for about 10 minutes before you can use it again.
Except for that, I do like dry erase, as long as I don't have a lot of stuff to write on the board.
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I've used Smartboards, which are nice when you actually have access. Most of the time when I'm subbing, I don't get computer access so the Smartboard is worse than useless, because it will be mounted to cover up most of the whiteboard or blackboard, so I've barely got room to write my name.
My preference? Chalk. It's cheap and comes in lots of colors....
I remember trying to see the differences between all those pastels on a black chalkboard!My preference? Chalk. It's cheap and comes in lots of colors....
I prefer dry erase. So long as the pens are fresh, you get the best of all worlds.
There are so many vivid colors available in dry erase markers that are available only as pastels, in chalk.
I have little choice since my classroom has only whiteboards and no chalkboards.
Chalk creates dust that can get into laptop air vents and lungs of people who don't react well to it. However, the increased force required for writing with chalk always seemed for force instructors to use better penmanship, whereas markers allow them to scribble more, making their notes unreadable.
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People are still using chalk! I thought that had disappeared two decades ago. Marker pens and floor to ceiling whiteboard is the way to go. The adhesive kind is affordable, if a bit of a pain to apply. There is also a neat product, which is a thin white board type material that sticks to walls by electrostatic attraction - ideal for brain storming sessions.
I use marker pens all the time in my job - Teacher of English as a Foreign Language. A lot of what I deliver is impromptu, or in response to students' questions. As well as writing sentences with gaps that they have to fill, I do a lot of drawings (they are not good but they are recognisable - often they are comically bad), and if they can't remember a word or it's difficult to spell, I do hangman.
All of the above could be done with chalk, but we don't have blackboards, and I agree with Ara Pacis's point about chalk dust. PowerPoint is fine if a) you have the facilities (we don't except for in one room), and b) you know what you want to present and have the time to prepare it. I've used PP for certain grammar points such as comparatives ("The sports car is fast." "The fighter plane is faster.") and it can be fun. But it would be neither possible nor desirable to use it to replace marker pens.
Cold chisel and mallet can be useful when someone has used marker pen on a smart board - either to remove the mark or to punish the perpetrator.
I hate the wet dog smell chalkboards and chalkboard rugs get after a while.
My dad had a print studio when I was little; the smell of solvant brings pleasant childhood memories to me. (My boyfriend has the same - his mother was a designer who worked a lot with markers.)
Can't really say I have a preference in what I work with though. It's the message, not the medium.
I'd only pick chisel and mallet if I had a good source of quality slate, if I only have granite available it's going to take too long so dry-erase in that case.
I'll only carve granite for gravestones. (BTW, not being facetious about the last part, I carved the gravestone for my girlfriend who died a couple of years ago)
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I'm not sure if I know what to pick.
Dry erase is clean, bold, and easy to read.
I was going to make a comment on the background being white as easy to read, but I've seen some neat things done with blacklight and flourescent markers on a black surface.
But; chalk is cheaper, doesn't dry, and doesn't cause permanent issues if accidentally used or dropped on the wrong surface.
I'd probably go with chalk in a easily cleaned environment (no carpet) and high use. Otherwise, dry erase.
As said before, powerpoint when it is a planned presentation or one that needs to be repeated or saved.
Anecdote about cost:
I was once in a meeting of a non-profit organization and supplies were being discussed. One person bought chalk for our classroom. Discussion ensued (over this trivial matter). Once the conversation died down, I asked "who bought the erasers?". It was unfortunately not taken as a joke.
I give on chalk for the sidewalk. for presentation, teaching, and even just drawing out processes in my office, I prefer the whiteboard. Our family calendar is a whiteboard in the kitchen
My youngest daughter, when she was nine years old.
When she stopped playing with the chalk the big box of it was given to a neighbour's kids.
I voted for the dry-erase. I have one of those boards on the wall in my office and it's always covered in messages and notes in different colours. And there's one in the kitchen too, but it doesn't get used much these days for the family calendar as the kids are mostly gone. Sigh.
Some restaurants around here put "butcher" paper on the table, like a tablecloth, and often supply crayons. I suppose it is there for kids, but I almost always end up drawing on it too.
13 votes and still no PowerPoint. Good.
Back in the stone age, before computers and video projectors, there was the overhead projector and markers on transparency film. The intermediate stage was PowerPoint slides printed onto film and projected using the overhead, because the video projectors were reserved for executives.
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Dry erase board.
When I went back to school in my thirties to bring my maths up and found out quadratic equations were just like mathematical anachrostics. Had a two foot by one and a half foot dry erase board in my lap all night sometimes. Somehow writing the math problems out larger helped a lot in comprehending what I was doing.