What are Digital Whiteboards?
Digital whiteboards are also known as Interactive online whiteboards. They are a blank canvas and depending on the application, you can add images, draw or annotate them, upload videos, and some allow voice recording.
Why are they relevant?
Digital Whiteboards provide a space for students to document their learning and then builds on that by infusing it with multimodal media. The blank canvas can include drawings, text, images, video, and voice recordings allowing students to create a raw presentation to be reviewed by the teacher or a polished edited version to share with others. Best of all, it can be shared easily with others.
They give students a choice in how they want to display their learning!
How to get started
- Decide on your learning objective and what you want students to achieve. Digital whiteboards can be used to capture various parts of a students learning journey.
- Learn what tools are available on your classroom or district devices because some are free while others have a cost.
- Download the application or visit the web tool and allow students to play and learn some of the basic functions before assigning structured tasks.
Here are just a few ideas of how a Digital Whiteboard could be used:
- Explaining: Explain how they’ve come to a conclusion or answer by providing a visual explanation.
- Presenting: Transform a powerpoint format into a presentation that features their annotations, explanations, and share it as a video that can be refined before being viewed by others.
- Advantage: Students can hear their voice and re-record their narration until it sounds correct to them.
- Collaborating: Work with a partner or in a group and record multiple ideas on the one application. This goes beyond a poster because they can add in videos, overlay them with graphs or additional images, and then record different voices to explain their creation.
- Documenting: Students can create a portfolio that documents different projects or components on each canvas page.
Resources from the Playshop
Below are links to the resources we used in our playshop. Click on one to learn more!
AWW app – web-based with free templates
ShowMe – free app with voice recording and image uploading
Explain Everything – paid app with additional features including video uploads