June 9, 2016
Below are three powerful digital whiteboard apps you can use on your Chromebook for a variety of educational purposes (e,g brainstorming, mind mapping, structuring information, storytelling, design thinking...). They allow you to create illustrative sketches, add text and pictures, include videos and sticky notes, create visual diagrams and many more. They are also ideal for team collaboration and collaborative project management. Students can use them to collaborate on joint projects and develop their ideas in a ‘flexible and visual collaborative space’. Some of these apps (Coggle and Realtimeboard) work with Google Drive so you can save and share your creations with your Google contacts.
‘RealtimeBoard is your online whiteboard for visual team collaboration. Add pictures, mockups, drawings, videos, sticky notes, office documents and Google Drive files on an endless canvas, discuss it with your colleagues, and enjoy the smoothest real time visual collaboration without emails.’ The basic tools it provides include: white boarding tools (sticky notes, freehand drawing, shapes, links, texts), Collaboration tools (realtime collaborative editing, comments, text chat, voice and video chat, screen sharing ), Sharing and Export tools(invite others via emails, export boards in PDF or PGN format, save to Google Drive…).
2- Simple Whiteboard
This is another great digital whiteboard app to use with your students. It provides you with a set of powerful tools and features to create beautiful drawings and pictures. You can also illustrate your drawing by adding different types of text, change the size of your images,move shapes forward and back on the layer stack and many more. When you are done you can save your images in PNG files. Simple Whiteboard is web based and does not require any plugins or software download.It also works offline.
‘Coggle gives you a clear way to share and understand complex information. It's a collaborative mind-mapping tool that simplifies complex things — it's a shared workspace to help you work more effectively.Coggle integrates seamlessly with Google Drive, so you can organise your mindmaps how you like and easily share with your existing Google contacts. Some of its features include: realtime collaboration,unlimited diagrams, unlimited image uploads, download as PDF and image, export as .mm and text, comments and chat and many more.’