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Magnetic Whiteboards or Non-Magnetic for Classrooms?

How to Choose the Right Dry Erase Whiteboard Surface for Your Classrooms

A magnetic surface expands use of whiteboards for presentations in classrooms, conference rooms and elsewhere. Magnetic whiteboards are popular, especially in schools, but in some situations a non-magnetic marker board might be sufficient for your needs — and a lower-cost solution.

Whiteboards are manufactured with a variety of materials used for the dry erase surface. The resulting products are melamine, porcelain, glass, or a proprietary surface such as the EverWhite surface.

So which dry erase surface is best for your needs?

K-12 Schools Often Pick Magnetic Whiteboards for Front of Classrooms

magnetic clips for whiteboardMagnetic whiteboards are commonly installed in the front of K-12 school classrooms. Such boards let teachers do more than write with dry erase markers. With non-scratching magnets or magnetic clips, charts and documents can be posted on the whiteboard surface, and magnetic symbols can be used.

Die-cut magnetic symbols, such as arrows, dots, squares, stars, lines hearts, letters of the alphabet also can be applied to enhance presentations on dry erase whiteboards with magnetic surfaces.

As mentioned above, make sure the magnets you use have smooth surfaces so the whiteboard surface is not scratched; a scratch can allow marker ink to penetrate the surface.

Some schools choose non-magnetic whiteboards for the back of classrooms, where reminders, homework assignments or other notes are the only needed use.

Non-Magnetic Whiteboards More Common in High School Classrooms

In high schools, non-magnetic whiteboards are more common, as they are largely used for writing or as projection surfaces.

whiteboard magnetsEverWhite manufactures and sells a wide variety of magnetic whiteboards — both framed and unframed, and as resurfacing panels. Magnetic whiteboards are available with graphics commonly used in classrooms imprinted below the surface, including penmanship lines, music staves, grid lines, polar coordinates and rectangular coordinates.

Combinations boards, which are part whiteboard and part cork board, also can have a magnetic dry erase surface. We also offer mobile whiteboards and custom-printed whiteboards with magnetic surfaces. See more about our classroom whiteboards.

See our Magnetic Whiteboard page for more information on boards with magnetic dry erase surfaces.

So, if you ask: Are whiteboards magnetic?, the answer is: Some are and some are not. EverWhite offers you a choice. See our selection of standard and printed magnetic whiteboards.

Contact EverWhite if you have questions about whiteboard surfaces.