Multilingual Interactive Whiteboards
Closing out this month on a multilingual theme, an emerging trend in the interactive whiteboard industry is support for multiple languages. Several interactive whiteboard manufacturers have recently added or expanded their multilingual support. SMART Technologies, the industry leader in interactive whiteboards, has sold over 2 million whiteboards globally, including in Mexico, New Zealand and the Middle East, and its Notebook teaching software supports dozens of languages, from Arabic to Welsh. Mimeo plans to offer its software and online user community in 11 languages by the end of February. Global membership in Promethean’s online community doubled in the last year, prompting the company to offer free teaching resources in ten languages and enabling teachers to connect and collaborate from some 150 countries. Luidia’s eBeam is now available in 14 languages including Dutch, Portuguese and Russian, due to an increasing number of requests for more diverse language support from its customers. Finally, a new online interactive whiteboard training course from Blossom Learning is available in French and Spanish.