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Practical Ed Tech Tip of the Week – Three Free Collaborative Whiteboard Tools

Online whiteboards that let students communicate in realtime either by voice or text can be powerful tools to create a mathematics tutorial, create a diagram, or to brainstorm ideas for a project. The following three whiteboard tools can all be used by students for free.

NoteBookCast is a free whiteboard tool that will work in the web browser on a laptop, iPad, Android tablet, and Windows tablet. NoteBookCast is a collaborative whiteboard tool. You can invite others to join your whiteboard by entering the code assigned to your whiteboard. You can chat while drawing on NoteBookCast whiteboards. In the video embedded below I demonstrate how to use NoteBookCast.

Web Whiteboard makes it easy to include a whiteboard in your Google+ Hangout. In the video embedded below I demonstrate how easy it is to use Web Whiteboard in a Google+ Hangout.

Stoodle is a free collaborative whiteboard tool hosted by the CK12 Foundation. You can use text chat while sharing your whiteboard. Registration is not required in order to use Stoodle. In the video embedded below I demonstrate the features of Stoodle.

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Upcoming Wednesday Webinars

Join me on Wednesday for Winning Blog Strategies. In the webinar I will share my best tips for developing blog post topics, engaging blogging activities for students, and how to get more interaction with your blog posts. Join the live session to ask your questions in real-time or catch the recording. Professional development certificates will be available.

On December 21st I’m hosting one of my favorite webinars, YouTube, It’s Not Just Cats & Khan Academy. In this webinar you will learn how to use the video creation and editing tools built into YouTube. You’ll also learn how to collaboratively create playlists with students and colleagues.

On January 4th I’ll help you get going with Google Forms & Sheets. In Google Forms & Sheets for Beginners you will everything you need to know to get started using Google Forms and Google Sheets to streamline your workflow in grading quizzes, emailing parents and students, and keeping track of classroom materials. You will also learn how to build self-guided video review activities for your students. Finally, we’ll tackle any questions that you have about Google Forms and Google Sheets.