Saturday, October 18, 2014

Adobe Connect 9.3 Whiteboard Tool - The Basics and Ideas for Use

On October 17, 2014 the TLT Group FridayLive webinar focused on "What's New in Adobe Connect 9.3." One of the tools featured was the whiteboard.  Below are some of the highlights from that session. This short video describes the basic whiteboard features and introduces a whiteboard activity.

Some of the ideas shared during the session on ways the whiteboard could be used.

  1. The white board could be overlayed on a video and the annotation tools used to highlight key points.
  2. You can ask students to place an X on a line to illustrate their experience or comfort level with something you are about to introduce.
  3. As an ice breaker you could put up a wall image and invite participants to create graffiti before the start of a live session.
  4. The whiteboard can also be an overlay on applications such as Access, Excel, etc.
  5. Use the whiteboard for a chalk talk activity and then export it as notes for the participants.
  6. Use for brainstorming activities.
  7. Use it for exporting notes for student review.
  8. Develop a slide deck loaded with images of walls, maps, squares, etc.that can be used on the fly for the whiteboard.
  9. Use animated gif's on the whiteboard.
Whiteboards can be printed.  There are also two ways to export whiteboards: they can be saved as png or sent as a snapshot.

It is always valuable to be logged in as a participant so you can see how the screen appears to the participant. Another great piece of advice, spend time practicing with the setting and learning new techniques.

Next steps:
  1. I plan to continue to add to the list of ways the whiteboard can be used in Adobe Connect.
  2. I plan to test the whiteboard feature in breakout rooms


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