If you go behind the era of the whiteboards in australia, then there were blackboards or more commonly referred as the chalk board used for the same purpose but then there was maintenance issue with the blackboards and it was difficult to clean it and then use it. The modern era changed this concept and introduced whiteboards and since the introduction of these almost each one of us has been in contact with these because these are used everywhere now a day, from class rooms to the conference rooms to offices.
A whiteboard is also known as the market board since the marker is used on this to write and sometimes this is also called as the dry wipe or dry erase board. The markers which are used on the whiteboard must be non-permanent. There are two people who introduced the whiteboard in the 1960s but these did not become popular in the market until the 1990 but in this age, the schools became more concerned about the use of the chalk boards as children started to develop allergies from the dust of the chalk and not only this but this dust was not good for the machinery in the class such as the computers. Therefore, the countries shifted towards the use of the whiteboards.
Types of whiteboards:
The first ever whiteboard was considerably expensive and was made from the steel. After this, cheaper versions were introduced in the market that served the same purpose but in less price and these were made from the chipboard, polyester, acrylic and coated Enamelled. Enamelled whiteboards are expensive and therefore, these are less used for commercial use. Where there is heavy use such as the classrooms, porcelain whiteboards are best option. Another type of the whiteboard is introduced which actually is not a whiteboard since it is not white but rather transparent and is made from the glass and therefore, called the glass boards. The marker which is designed especially for the whiteboard was the invention of the Jerry Woolf, the normal markers use the permanent ink which cannot be erased but the erasable markers use the ink which does not have the xylene and toluene making it erasable.
These kind of the large magnetic whiteboard are available in the form of the rolls and sheets with a sticker kind of function. The consumer could stick this on the wall, door, table to have an erasable surface. These provide the same function as the white boards but with more flexibility. The classrooms could use these to make calendars which are erasable and then various tables for the kids to draw on and could use it to plan certain other kind of the indoor games.