The Whiteboard Windows 10 app is designed for collaboration. When you open Whiteboard, you start with a blank canvas. Since it is an open canvas, all of the items can be placed absolutely anywhere. Once placed, you can also click and drag to move them or resize them.
Digital Inking in Whiteboard
It include digital inking tools, which offers an array of drawing tools. If you place the ruler on the screen, you can make straight lines, or just have students practice with a digital ruler before they have to use one on a state assessment! Once you draw on the canvas, you can select your doodle and resize, move or rotate it, and a menu pops up that allows you to change the color of the ink, or copy it. For accessibility, you can even add alt-text to something you draw for screen readers!
Remember, digital inking can also be on top of other items on the canvas, so students can label diagrams and annotate text.
Text Boxes and Sticky Notes
In addition, you can also place a text box anywhere on the canvas, or, if you prefer, place a sticky note anywhere on the canvas and write on that instead. You can copy and paste into or from within both text boxes and sticky notes. Once you place a sticky note, when you click on it, in addition to adding more text, you can change the color of the sticky, copy it, “like” it (great for brainstorming), and for accessibility, you can both add alt text AND use the Immersive Reader tools! (Text boxes have Alt text and Immersive Reader, too.)
Whiteboard Image Menu
Another item you can insert anywhere on a Whiteboard canvas is an image. It has all the options you could want. You can upload an image that you have saved on your device by choosing “Library Image”. If you don’t have the exact image you want to add, no problem, just use “Bing image” to find it. Bing Image search opens as a window right inside whiteboard, and by default Creative Commons only is selected, but you can also turn that filter off and see all images. Finally, if you are using a device with a camera, you can insert an image you take right then, which is a great way to capture written student work.
Those are just the basics, and I’ll have to stop here, because the items under the Insert Menu and the sharing options need an article of their own.
Sticky Notes have been a great way to jot down quick notes that you just need short-term, and don’t need to save to One Drive long-term. For individual use, the Whiteboard greatly expands what you can do with that to do list, brainstorming ideas and collecting your thoughts. In my next post we will look at some more of the other Microsoft tools Whiteboard integrates with as well.
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