Realtime Board

Freemium! Realtime Board is a web-based app that functions as a digital whiteboard, which can first be shared between users and then edited synchronously. To begin, one user will have to launch the app and then create a board by choosing a template or selecting the “Continue without a template” option on the bottom right of the screen. After making a selection, the app will load a workspace. (If a template was selected, it will appear on this workspace.) At this point, users can click the “Share” button on the top right of the screen to allow other users access…

Review Overview

A. Instruction - 8
B. Design - 8.5
C. Engagement - 8.3

8.3

Realtime Board: A synchronous Google App

Summary : Share Your Whiteboard Now!

Realtime Board is a web-based app that functions as a digital whiteboard, which can first be shared between users and then edited synchronously. To begin, one user will have to launch the app and then create a board by choosing a template or selecting the “Continue without a template” option on the bottom right of the screen. After making a selection, the app will load a workspace. (If a template was selected, it will appear on this workspace.) At this point, users can click the “Share” button on the top right of the screen to allow other users access to it by either an email invitation or direct link. At this point, users can begin navigating the workspace and adding content to it with the tools on the left side of the screen. First, users can select the “Arrow” icon to click on specific areas in the workspace or change to the “Hand” icon to drag the workspace so they may view different areas. Next, users can click the “Insert” button on the top left and then choose the type of content they wish to add, such as: files uploaded from their computer, websites linked to the workspace, files uploaded from a file storing service (e.g., Dropbox, Google Drive, Box, etc.). The “T” icon allows users to insert text into the workspace. The “Sticky Note” icon allows users to add PostIt-style notes to the workspace. The “Line” button allows users to insert different shapes to the workspace. The “Pen” icon lets users write on the workspace. The “Dialogue” icon lets users comment on different elements in the workspace. The “Undo” and “Redo” buttons let users remove and add back elements to their workspace. The “Panels” button lets users insert frames to their workspace, and the “Inward Facing” arrows button lets users toggle between full screen and partial screen views of their workspace. As users add content, the app automatically saves their changes. Users can title their workspace by clicking on the top left. When they are finished, users can click the “Upload” button to download their work as a JPG or PDF, among other options.

Please Note: Realtime Board provides users with a premium account for the first 14 days before it limits users’ account to a basic level, if they do not subscribe.

Instructional Ideas

  1. When instructing about a topic, teachers can use this app to present visual and textual content that students can modify. In addition, teachers can post a question and have students respond to it using this app’s “Comments” feature. That way, teachers will have evidence of student engagement.
  2. Teachers can assign groups of students a topic or vocabulary term, and students will have to create a workspace that represents their topic or term. Students can be required to include a specific amount of images, texts, and links to their workspace.
  3. Teachers can assign students an extended learning assignment. Before starting the assignment, however, teachers can require students to plan out how they are going to achieve it using this app. Once the plan is in place, students can share their workspace with the teacher, who can then approve the plan before students go forward with their work.
  4. Students can use this workspace to create a portfolio. To do so, students can upload completed assignments to their workspace over the course of a class, instructional unit, month, semester, etc. That way, at the end, they will have a collection of work that they can share and review, which exemplifies their learning.
A1. Rigor
A2. 21st Century Skills
A3. Conn. to Future Learning
A4. Value of Errors
A5. Feedback to Teacher
A6. Level of Material
A7. Cooperative Learning
A8. Accom. of Individual Diff.
B1. Ability to Save Progress
B2. Platform Integration
B3. Screen Design
B4. Ease of Use
B5. Navigation
B6. Goal Orientation
B7. Information Presentation
B8. Media Integration
B9. Cultural Sensitivity
C1. Learner Control
C2. Interactivity
C3. Pace
C4. Flexibility
C5. Interest
C6. Aesthetics
C7. Utility

Screenshots

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