IdeaPaint can transform any flat surface into an erasable marker board. I tested it out for this upcoming school year and I absolutely loved the results.
I really like chalk. When I’m not teaching I travel the country as a speaker and a chalk artist. Seriously. While chalk is a beautiful medium for art on stage, it is an outdated tool in the classroom, especially as classes bring in more and more technology.
Chalk is bad for electronics. As a wired educator that loves to engage students and empower them with technology, chalk is simply bad for electronics. If you use chalk and have ever cleaned the filter on your projector or looked inside a computer encasement you know exactly what I mean.
Dry Erase boards look sharp. I love the contrast and speed of my writing on dry erase boards. Installing a marker board in a classroom can be difficult and expensive, and you are often limited to specific dimensions. IdeaPaint transcends all ideas of what a dry erasable surface can be and can transform you classroom into an incredible learning environment.
I was recently moved to a different classroom. I lost my marker board and inherited some blackboards that are well over sixty years old.
In just a few days with very little effort, I was able to transform these old, beaten chalkboards into beautiful marker boards. Love it.
But it’s not just for converting blackboards into white boards, it changes any surface! Desktops, entire walls, cabinets.
It saves money and it eliminates chalk dust. It engages students. It encourages students and teachers to collaborate together as a team in passionate ways I have never seen before.
Seeing students working together and writing on an entire wall covered in IdeaPaint is inspiring! See it here!
Turn any surface into an erasable canvas.
I also enjoyed this video how a high school near Chicago combines the IdeaPaint with technology, snapping photos of their notes on iOS devices, from their desks covered in IdeaPaint into Evernote for organization. Absolutely brilliant!
Allergens are eliminated with IdeaPaint too.
There is so much to like about this product and company. I found their directions actually fun to read and simple to follow. The application process was quick and easy. I do recommend, as their directions state, that you apply the product liberally to the surface. Do not try to stretch it. I had to cover one area again to make sure it was adequately covered, but that was only because I was trying to stretch the product out.
Interesting note to add: a neighbor teacher purchased a competitor’s product to do her boards. It was another company’s replication of IdeaPaint. Not only did it not work, it bubbled and peeled and left her boards unusable for the start of the year. Mine look great and work so well. She is going to have to redo her boards.
IdeaPaint receives Wired Educator’s top recommendation for all classes! A must for every classroom!
Wired Educator Grade: A+
Comments: Apply liberally to a very smooth surface. Easy to apply and is ready in just a few days.