Teaching has always been a combination of projecting digital content on your PC and doodling on the whiteboard. Some teachers use tools such as visualizers to make whiteboarding easier, but still, digital content and physical handwriting are two different worlds in classroom teaching.
If any of these have occurred in your classroom:
- Projecting your slides on the whiteboard and annotating on them using markers
- Switching your HDMI/VGA source frequently between computer and visualizer
- Using your mouse to doodle on slides
- Always feeling that your whiteboard is not big enough
Then ClassPoint can do you a big favour. We address this problem by introducing the digital whiteboard tool that you can add during slideshow. Together with the annotation tools, your whiteboarding experience will become so much more productive and integrated with your digital content.
How to add whiteboard during slide show
To add a whiteboard, simply go to ClassPoint toolbar and click the Whiteboard icon. After that, choose among the choice of backgrounds and click. A new slide with the selected background will be created without quitting slide show mode.
Now you can annotate on the whiteboard slide just like how to annotate on normal slides. And when you exit slideshow, the whiteboard pages you added during slideshow will all be saved.
So now you have it, the digital whiteboard you can add to your slides anytime you need to. There are a few unique benefits of using ClassPoint’s whiteboard tool:
- It saves time: it is a matter of one-click vs. switching between PPT and whiteboard back and forth
- Integration with your slides: usually whiteboard is the continuation of slides so ClassPoint puts them together
- Unlimited: you can add as many whiteboard slides as you need
- Easy saving and sharing: because of the digital form, the whiteboard slides can be easily saved (as PPT/PDF) and shared online
Recommended digital inking devices
Good news! ClassPoint is compatible with all your existing interactive whiteboards/displays, be it Smartboard, Promethean or INKNOE’s HybridBoard or OnePanel. The experience is seamless: you can use either stylus or just your finger to draw without needing to install any driver. If you are one of our HybridBoard users, you must be using it sometimes as a normal whiteboard too due to its “hybrid” nature.
In general, we recommend you to use interactive whiteboards in larger classrooms where you already have projectors in place, and use interactive displays in smaller settings because LED displays are usually smaller than boards. But the good thing is their display quality and brightness are usually much better than interactive whiteboards.
Interactive presentation podium
If you are a professor teaching in 200-300 pax lecture halls, interactive whiteboards/displays become useless. In this case, you want to use an interactive presentation podium, which feels like a huge tablet. You can touch control your presentation and draw on it as needed. The podium then will be connected to one or more large projection screens for the whole class to see.
Touchscreen laptops/tablet PCs
If your classroom is not equipped with any professional interactive devices, use a touchscreen laptop or tablet PC such as Surface Pro can also serve the purpose. We have designed ClassPoint and all our other software applications to be fully compatible with any Windows machines, so be worry-free.
Give us your feedback 🙂
We are constantly working on new features/improvements for the whiteboard tool. If you have any feature requests, write to us directly from ClassPoint (through Message Us icon) or leave us a comment below!