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Top Interactive Whiteboard Apps

If you're brainstorming, organizing, or communicating ideas, it doesn't get much better than an old fashioned analog whiteboard. Tablets, smartphones, and computers come close, though. These interactive whiteboard apps and sites take advantage of what makes digital whiteboarding great, allowing for quick customization of a canvas, layering in media, and even engaging in voice chat and commenting. Most also have easy sharing and exporting features. Our favorite tools have templates tuned specifically to learning as well as ways for teachers to assess student work on the fly. Some even add in the ability to record and edit videos. While the features vary widely among these apps, they're all aimed at the essence of whiteboarding: supporting thinking, organizing, and creating of everything from mind maps to presentations.

Drawp for School

Collaboration tool makes digital sharing easy

Bottom Line: This handy tool encourages collaboration and creativity, and it makes sharing assignments and giving feedback a snap.

Grades: Pre-K–12
Price:
Free to try

Whiteboard.chat

Complex interactive whiteboard offers a full instructional experience

Bottom Line: Impressive, unparalleled versatility makes this more of an instructional platform than a whiteboard, but it'll require a lot of up-front work to get comfortable.

Grades: K–12
Price:
Free, Paid

LiveBoard

Interactive whiteboard supports real-time instruction and collaboration

Bottom Line: A basic whiteboard with useful chat and video features for live sessions for small groups.

Grades: 1–12
Price:
Free, Paid

Educreations

Easy-to-use iPad app aimed at recording whiteboard instruction

Bottom Line: While many other whiteboard tools offer endless -- and often overwhelming -- options, this app is usefully refined and could be that "just right" experience for many.

Grades: 3–12
Price:
Free, Paid

Explain Everything

Classic presentation tool continues to evolve

Bottom Line: The paid version strikes a perfect balance of features, offering options without going overboard.

Grades: 3–12
Price:
Free, Paid

Jamboard

Versatile whiteboard with fun features integrates with Google Suite

Bottom Line: Great collaborative tool for groups, whether remote or in person.

Grades: 4–12
Price:
Free

Mural - Visual Collaboration

Multifaceted interactive whiteboard promotes collaboration

Bottom Line: Mural facilitates lesson presentation and group project collaboration from anywhere by making idea sharing a simple, visual process.

Grades: 4–12
Price:
Free, Paid

Stormboard

Collaborate, brainstorm in real time with easy-to-use online whiteboard

Bottom Line: A versatile, full-featured online brainstorming collaboration tool that can facilitate small-group projects.

Grades: 5–12
Price:
Free, Free to try, Paid

Doceri Interactive Whiteboard

Interactive whiteboard app for designing and recording presentations

Bottom Line: Teachers and students can spice up presentations and demonstrate processes and problem-solving skills with this well-designed tool.

Grades: 6–12
Price:
Free, Paid

Explee

Build slick, engaging whiteboard animations with Web-based tool

Bottom Line: A stellar -- if somewhat pricey -- creation tool for the classroom.

Grades: 6–12
Price:
Free, Paid

Splashtop Classroom

Collaboration tool lets kids annotate and share from their own devices

Bottom Line: A good tool for annotation and collaboration in the 1-to-1 or BYOD classroom.

Grades: 6–12
Price:
Free to try

Miro

Interactive whiteboard lets users brainstorm, organize, and collaborate

Bottom Line: This beautiful and collaborative platform is useful for everything from workflow tasks to creative expression.

Grades: 8–12
Price:
Free

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