Life is better when you share it with someone. It’s a lot better when you can share it with a lot of someones. Microsoft’s Whiteboard app for Windows 10 lets you do both. Welcome to Day 94 of 365 Ideas for Office 365- Collaborating in Microsoft Whiteboard.
Sharing with Individuals
If you just need to collaborate with 1 or 2 individuals, you can invite them Just type in their email address(es), or, if they are someone you already collaborate with often in Office 365, look down and click on them if they show up in your suggestions list for collaborating.
Another fun feature is that you can write their name instead of typing. This is convenient if you are already using a stylus on the Whiteboard canvas.
Just click on the little stylus icon
to the right of the invitation box.
This opens up a box for you to write user names in!
Collaborating with Groups
But what if you want to share with more than one or two people? There are several options for group collaboration. You can create a sharing link and post it anywhere you share links with students or colleagues.
But notice there are also options to send to OneNote and Post to Teams.
If you simply want to save the Whiteboard the same way you save anything else in OneNote, to organize and preserve your work, that’s pretty straightforward. But remember that once you have anything on any page in any OneNote Notebook, you can use Class Notebook to distribute that page to any class Notebook. That means you can distribute it to students through OneNote.
You can also distribute to students or colleagues by posting the Whiteboard to Teams. Whiteboard was made for collaborating. Tams was made for collaborating. It just makes sense! Like everything else in Teams, when your students or colleagues open a Whiteboard in Teams, they are still in Teams. There are always options to open files, apps and websites outside of teams for more space, but everything is designed to work inside Teams, so you can continue using the other communication tools there while collaborating inside the Whiteboard as well. With so many options for sharing an collaborating, and so many way s to interact within Whiteboard, its time has come.
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