Resurfacing 60 Year Old School Blackboards by EduBoard

Updated: Jan 22

Redoing classrooms by removing the old chalkboards and replacing them with whiteboards is not as affordable as it should be. Schools in South Africa are still transitioning from chalk to whiteboard markers and are looking for the most cost-effective way to do this.


EduBoard are experts in classroom equipment, but first, let's take a look at just how easy it is to convert old vitrix enamel chalkboards into beautiful easy to clean whiteboards.



Interesting, the first record of chalkboards being used was in 1801 and has been credited to an invention by the Headmaster and Geography teacher at a school in Scotland. Slate was being used to manufacture these boards as it could be easily hauled by trains from the mines. As times evolved, steel plates were coated with a porcelain enamel and these replaced the traditional slate boards. The green colour was easier on the eyes and contrasted well with the white chalk. The term "chalkboard" was more commonly being used than "blackboard" due to these changes in the material.


Here are some really fascinating images on 100-year-old slate black chalkboards that were found underneath green chalkboards while a classroom was being renovated in Oklahoma.

Above is an image of a slate chalkboard found in an Oklahoma school while contractors were remodeling the classroom. The calendar says 1917!