How Do I Use a Chalkboard or Dry-Erase Board?
The tools listed below will allow you replicate the experience of communicating with students as if you were standing at the Chalkboard. However, the digital format will allow them to better see the content you present and unlike the classroom chalkboard, they’ll have permanent access to the “Chalk-work” through the video recording. Your students will also be able to “come-to-the-board” to demonstrate what they know and their work can be saved and shared in various ways.
How Do I...
Skype for Business/Zoom/Teams- You can select a built-in whiteboard when you select the Screen Share option.
OneNote/PowerPoint- If your participants login to O365 and use the same OneNote/PowerPoint, everyone can work and see the whiteboard. You can also share your screen to display the “whiteboard” during the meeting so it can be recorded.
OneNote/PowerPoint- If your participants login to O365 and use the same document (Word, OneNote, PowerPoint, etc.), everyone can work on the document together. Use Share Screen during the meeting to display it to everyone on the meeting.
Whenever possible, create assignments that can be completed using digital tools (otherwise, see How do I have my students upload an image?). Using these tools, you and your students will be able to draw over content including text and images (e.g. draw over an image of a cell, chemical structure, a music staff, etc.). This means you can create worksheets that students can fill out by drawing.
OneNote (Class Notebook): Designed to function as an electronic version of a paper notebook, you can draw on any page. If you use the OneNote app on a tablet, it’s even easier.
PowerPoint - The maximum size of a PowerPoint slide is 56 in x 56 in. That’s one big canvas. If you don’t see the Draw tab, on a PC you can add it to the ribbon by right-clicking the Home tab, select Customize the Ribbon, check Draw in the right selection-window, and OK. Additionally, users can use the online O365 version which has a basic Draw tab by default.
Word /Excel- On a PC, the Draw tab may only be available using the full version (i.e not the online O365 version). To add the tab to the ribbon, right-click the Home tab, select Customize the Ribbon, check Draw in the right selection window, and OK. The Draw tab should be visible by default on a Mac.