Friday, March 21, 2014

Use Talkboard for realtime whiteboard collaboration

Whiteboard apps are a dime a dozen. For instance, I started to review one called Stage, but was unimpressed because it did nothing new and had a lot of in-app purchases to get basic features. At this point, many teachers are familiar with basic whiteboards like Doodlebuddy and more advanced ones like Educreations and ShowMe. However, Talkboard is an app that few people are, well, talking about. But I think it's one that you should check out. 

Create multiple boards. Swipe back and forth to access them
At a basic level, Talkboard is just a whiteboard. There really aren't a ton of features: you can draw in different colors and with a few different styles. You can erase. You can clear the screen. And that's about it. You can't insert any pictures or shapes. There is no recording feature. So with that being said, you are wondering why I'm wasting my time writing about it.

Well, the answer is with the collaboration piece. Talkboard lets you share your board with other users. Then more than one user can collaborate on a board at the same time. Sharing is easy. Simply press the "+" on your board and choose between sending invitations by AirDrop, Messages, or Mail. If the user doesn't have the app, they will be sent to the App Store to download it. If Talkboard is already installed, the board will simply open in the app. You create a profile with just a name. You don't have to enter an email, so it's easier for younger students to use.

Once the board is shared, it's open for all the users. Write your own ideas, draw pictures, whatever. Any user can add or erase, so keep that in mind. I only tried sharing it with two people, but I imagine it would support more. But I think it would get pretty distracting if you had more than two or three students (or teachers) on there at the same time.

So there you go. Another free, simple tool that I feel has real practical applications in the classroom. Give it a try and be sure to let everyone know how it works for you. 

1 comment:

  1. Hi, This is a good post, indeed a great job. You must have done good research for the work, i appreciate your efforts.. Looking for more updates from your side. Thanks
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