Whether you're teaching fully online or in a COVID-aware classroom where your movements are constrained, you might want to explore digital alternatives to a physical whiteboard. A collaborative virtual whiteboard becomes even more desirable if you frequently ask students to write on the whiteboard.
Implementing a digital whiteboard has two dimensions: software and hardware. Appropriate software is indispensable, as the software produces the canvas on which activity takes place. Hardware enhancements are optional and secondary, but can improve the usability of the software and the quality of the results.
Pepperdine University supplies and supports Courses, Google applications, Panopto, and Zoom. Neither Pepperdine University nor Seaver College provides funding or technical support for the other tools introduced on this page.
The core of any digital whiteboard solution is, of course, the "board" or "canvas" itself, along with the annotation tools that the software supports.
Other digital whiteboards that the CTE has not reviewed include Educreations and MURAL.
No special hardware is required to use a digital whiteboard effectively. However, many people find it awkward to draw freehand using a mouse. Supplementing your hardware with a pen mouse or drawing tablet can make your use of a digital whiteboard a better experience.