How to Choose Dry Board Markers

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Due to the large variety of dry board markers, choosing which one to use for different purposes can be a bit tricky. Depending on your students’ age, activities, but also on their frequency of mutual work, you need to choose a marker that is age and activity appropriate.

Thick or Thin?

The first thing to know about whiteboard markers is that they can come with a thick or thin tip. Markers with a thin tip are recommended for drawing some graphics and finer writing like writing a text and schedule. When writing with a thinner tip marker, you need to write in larger letters so that the students sitting in the last row can also understand it. The large selection of dry board markers with a thick tip can make thicker lines and they usually have more ink on their inside. These can also be used for writing texts, and they are the most commonly used option in schools since writing with them is easier and easily readable.

Round or Chisel Tip?

When it comes to writing, the most commonly used tip is the rounded one. Practice has shown that writing longer texts on whiteboards is much easier with a whiteboard pen with a rounded tip. This explains why almost all pencils, felt-tips and fine-liner pens have a rounded tip. All of these pens can come in different tip thicknesses in order to meet your needs. The greatest benefit of rounded tips is that no matter how you hold it and at which angle, the line would be always even.

Chisel tip markers, on the other hand, allow you to draw both thin and thick lines. These markers have a broad tip with a wider and much narrower edge. Since these markers allow you to draw different lines, you won’t need to use different types of markers in the classroom. An important thing to know about chisel tips markers is that you’ll need a bit of practice. The trick for drawing good lines with chisel tip markers is that you should hold it at an angle of 45° to the baseline.

Why Magnetic Boards Are Better Than Regular Whiteboards?

Kid drawing on magnetic board

Over the years whiteboards have been one of the most essential furniture pieces in schools and offices. Available in a variety of sizes, whiteboards allow students to work together on mutual activities and find solutions. These boards are essential furniture piece for teachers because, with their help, they are able to write down important notes during the class and help their students to learn better and faster. Out of all types of whiteboards, it seems that the magnetic ones are among the most commonly used for numerous reasons.

They Are Durable

Usually made of tempered glass which is four times stronger than regular glass, these boards are almost impossible to break under pressure. Besides being extremely durable, super smooth and resistant to scratches, magnetic whiteboards made of tempered glass are completely safe to be used in schools and any other educational facilities.

They Are Functional

As the name implies, magnetic whiteboards double the purpose as they can be used as pinboards and whiteboards at the same time. By mixing texts, figures and graphics, you will encourage your students to be more productive, while helping them develop their photographic memory.  Depending on the type of glass used on these boards, you can use smaller and larger magnets whereas the magnetic boards with regular glass will require larger magnets.

They Are Designed for Repeated Use

Low-quality whiteboards can cause ghosting. This means that the surface of the whiteboard won’t fully erase, leaving behind stains and stray marks. But besides on low-quality magnetic whiteboards, ghosting can also appear on traditional whiteboards since some of them can have a porous surface. Thanks to the smooth surface and high quality of glass, tempered glass magnetic whiteboards make writing and cleaning easy. By taking all of this into account, it seems that choosing high-quality tempered glass magnetic whiteboards is a way better choice.

Commonly Asked Questions

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How to Get Old Permanent Marker Off Dry Erase Board?

In case some of your students have made the mistake to write on the whiteboard with a permanent marker, there is a way to clean it. The simplest way to clean it is by covering the entire coloured place with a dry marker and erasing it with a dry erase eraser while the ink is still damp. In most cases, you will need to repeat the procedure, but if in case this doesn’t work, you can try some other ways to get rid of it.

How to Get a Whiteboard Marker to Work Again?

The easiest way to revive a dried universal white dry erase marker is by flipping the tip with the help of tweezers. In case this seems too complicated for you, you can always dip it in water and wait for a while. Although there are some other ways to revive a dry marker, all of them will take some time until you start using them.