Whiteboard Collab's features help you teach remotely and enable a few new strategies that allow for instant feedback from the students. Not only can you and the students interact by drawing, you can also immediately take photos of physical materials - textbooks, worksheets, homework, etc - and draw on those images collaboratively.
In general you, the teacher or tutor, will need a license and the students can use the software for free. We are saying "in general" because you probably want to take pictures with your phone and/or control what the students can do in the room. You might find that the free version works for you instead, so try that first.
Contact us if you have a group that wants to buy a license and get a group discount.
The software works on Chromebooks, iPads, laptops, etc. It can also work when the computer is offline. Offline mode won't work for remote collaboration but it will work if the student already has a WBC file to work from (or if they need to create a WBC file for an assignment). WCB files are one of the types of files that can be created when saving your work inside the whiteboard room.
One more thing to know: we don't need to know any information about the student for them to use the software. They don't need a login so we don't store any personal information about them.
Workflows and ideas:
Let's say the students have some sort of worksheet or homework they need to do, but they have some questions.
You can use Whiteboard Collab as a collaborative whiteboard to draw out the context and have the student interact to show where they are having problems.
If the context would be too much to draw out, you can take a picture of the problem instead. Or, maybe it would be helpful if the student could take a picture of their work and let you help directly from that.
In either case you, or the student, can use the "Use Phone Camera" edit option on the whiteboard.
This will send a text message link to the phone number entered which will allow you to take photos that show up directly on the whiteboard.
Now that you have a photo on the whiteboard, you and the student can both draw on it to help solve their issue.
You and the student can also add notes to the whiteboard to add additional help: pages to reference, things to remember, etc.
Once all of this is done, the student can download the work as a PDF to be referenced later. You can also download this work and send it to other students.
You can also generate work that the students can complete at home.
After you have created whiteboards by drawing or taking pictures, you can save the room as a WBC file. You should be able to add this to your school's LMS or distribute it to your students like you would any other file.
There is an option to start a new whiteboard room by clicking on "Load From WBC File" inside the app, after clicking on the "W" logo. This option will use the WBC file to load an exact copy of the room with all your work intact.
The students can load the file and will be able to do whatever work they need to complete. After that, the students can save the room as a PDF or WBC file and give it back to you or submit it to the LMS.
Since there is no real-time collaboration involved in this scenario, the students should be able to complete this work offline if needed as well. They will need to download the WBC file beforehand and will need to go to the Whiteboard Collab app page for it to load in offline mode.
If you have a bunch of physical materials that you need to get into a digital form, Whiteboard Collab can help you with that as well.
You can start a whiteboard room and click the "Use Phone Camera" option to send a link to your phone which will help you take pictures and add them to the whiteboard room.
In the whiteboard room from your computer, add as many whiteboards as you will need and change the titles if you want. This speeds up the process, but you can always add/remove whiteboards and change the titles later.
Open the link on your phone and take a photo for each whiteboard you added to the room.
Now you can go back and add notes if you want, or go ahead and save as a PDF. This can be uploaded to your LMS or distributed to your students like normal.
You can also save your work as a WBC file if you want to be able to edit it later, or if you want the students to be able to do work with the material.