CONCEPT: A real-time collaborative whiteboard
DELIVERY: When explaining concepts through the use of diagrams, drawings, sketches or squiggles, as mine have been described in the past, there are many tools available to us: interactive whiteboards, large chalk/white boards, small chalk/white boards, A4/A3/A1 paper and pens all of which can be used individually or collaboratively.
There are mobile applications like Explain Everything, ShowMe or Screenchomp, however, these are not collaborative. There are Whiteboard and Whiteboard Lite both which are great but either limit collaboration (only 2 users) or at a cost ($4.99).
Up steps Talkboard! This fantastic FREE application allows you to collaborate with anyone that has the app, whether that is one person or several people, all working on one interactive whiteboard.
Simply create a Talkboard account using your email address or login with your Google+, Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn account. From there, create your Talkboard, give it a title and then invite others to collaborate. To invite collaborators you can select from:
1) EMAIL collaborators - This will open up your mail client with a template email already written and ready to send to whoever you wish.
2) SMS/iMESSAGE - This will open up your SMS/iMessage application, again with a template message already written and ready to send to whoever you wish.
3) COPY URL - This will allow you to copy the URL that is a direct link to your talkboard (obviously it will need to be pasted into a mobile browser that has Talkboard installed on it in order for it to load up the necessary board)
4) AIRDROP - Use Apples built in Airdrop communication protocol to invite students in the class who have the airdrop feature active.
Once you are collaborating the sketching is done in realtime i.e. as you draw on your device the collaborators see it appear on their device almost instantaneously and vice versa.Another nice feature is that Talkboard is not actually singular. This means that within one Talkboard session you can actually create many Talkboards. Simply do a sketch on one board, pinch out, scroll across and access a new clean board, which your collaborators can access and work on too.
Once you have finished with your Talkboard, you can either export a single board (as a .jpg file) and open it up in a variety of applications (photos, Evernote, Dropbox, Google Drive and more) or you can export the entire project (containing many boards as a .PDF file) and open it up in a variety of similar and other applications (iBooks, Evernote, Dropbox, Google Drive and more).
LIMITATIONS: The COPY URL feature could be a short URL so that it could easily be shared and typed in i.e. write it on the board and let students copy it down to access the TalkboardLimited tools available - adding shapes would be a nice feature or the ability to import an image to then annotate. Also there are undo or redo optionsWould be good to be able to record the drawings including visual and audio
CONCLUSION: A simple idea that has been designed with simplicity in mind. It’s quick, it’s easy and it’s collaborative, why wouldn’t you give it a go? 5/5
Collaborative, student lead illustrations to explain a concept (teacher can monitor and add too in real time)
Teacher lead discussions with illustrations that can be added to remotely by students
Globalisation - link with other schools around the world - draw what you are seeing right now outside of your classroom window