Microsoft is debuting a new tool that can spark collaboration in the classroom: the Microsoft Whiteboard for Education app.
Taking the simplicity of an analog whiteboard and adding interactive, collaborative technology, Microsoft Whiteboard for Education gives the whole class a new space to engage, ideate, and create.
Whiteboard for EDU offer an infinite canvas. Teachers can can let students contribute with notes, images, diagrams, and more on their individual devices.
Teachers and students can use their fingers to make additions or draw the finer details with a digital pen. And for those who don’t have pen or touch, the Whiteboard for EDU works with a keyboard and mouse too.
You can also export your board directly to OneNote Class Notebooks for safekeeping. You can change Whiteboard’s background to a variety of new colors (including blackboard mode) and reduce eye strain. Different line styles are available to support writing and graphing. And education-themed stickers can be used to collect poll responses and give feedback in real time.
In addition, Ink Beautification analyzes handwriting and automatically replaces it with more legible strokes. You can choose different ink styles and colors to give handwriting extra oomph. And for teachers and students who occasionally use analog whiteboards, you can convert pictures of your notes into real digital ink with Ink Grab.
Whiteboard for EDU launches today for Windows 10 and next week for iPad. After downloading, login to Whiteboard with your Office 365 Education account and enable "Education Preview" from the Settings menu.