Mural - Visual Collaboration

Multifaceted interactive whiteboard promotes collaboration

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Price: Free, Paid
Platforms: Web, Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch

Pros: Students can work together on projects in an effective, visual way, in class or remotely.

Cons: The unstructured visual style of the platform may be frustrating for users with small screens or visual challenges.

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

Teachers can use Mural as a dynamic way to present material and encourage class participation. Teachers can lead students in making their own murals for brainstorming, solo or group project organization, and presentation. It's a great tool for developing mind maps, flowcharts, storyboards, and choice boards. Several cool interactive features, like breakout groups and anonymous voting, enhance real-time collaboration during in-person or distance learning.

Mural is a good tool for organizing lesson materials, especially if you're collaborating with other teachers. Because it's designed to be a robust professional tool, it may be too complex for young students to use independently (consider Popplet or Padlet instead). Older students can use Mural to plan and organize school projects. Students can give teachers or peers access to their projects to solicit feedback or work collaboratively.

Teachers and students will need to apply to upgrade their starter accounts to education accounts in order to take advantage of full features, including privacy control. Account approval may take up to a week, so be sure to take this into consideration when planning your first Mural experience.

Mural is a virtual collaborative whiteboard that can be used as either a presentation tool or an interactive workspace. All registered users have space for multiple "rooms" in which to create murals. Think of a room like a classroom and a mural like a virtual tabletop or wall.

When creating a new mural, you can choose from one of many templates or a blank slate. Then start adding and modifying content, including text and links on "stickies," shapes and connectors, icons, organizing frameworks, images, and writing/drawing. You can customize element sizes, colors, and more. You can also upload files that will appear as thumbnails and can be viewed or downloaded by collaborators. Comments can be placed anywhere on the mural, and the interface includes an activity timeline, chat window, and comments window. There are also built-in facilitation tools like a timer, laser pointer, and voting tool. You can create an outline from the mural content, which is useful for organizing thoughts or creating a presentation in the Prezi style. Murals can be downloaded as several file types. Murals can also be shared with registered collaborators and visitors, with a variety of access permissions.

Mural's structure works well for facilitating classroom discussions or managing group projects. As students collaborate in real time, teachers can monitor content and manage access to rooms to keep them as a secure space. Students can also create individual projects in their own private room. Mural is probably best suited for small-group collaboration, but it would also be a good tool for distance learning classrooms. Many of the experiences of a live classroom (writing on a whiteboard, brainstorming, discussion, voting, breakout groups) can be replicated.

Students who tend to think in a very linear way may find the design frustrating; similarly, boards with many contributors can get crowded. However, this can be seen as an opportunity to exercise different ways of thinking and organizing ideas. Using the premade templates or built-in frameworks will help keep the mural neat and organized. However, there aren't many education-specific templates, so teachers may wish to develop their own template libraries. As you add content, be mindful of your workspace size and consider using the outline feature to help direct participants' focus. High schoolers can also build career-ready skills by using Mural to facilitate group projects in a professional manner.

Learning Rating

Overall Rating

Students exercise creative control, bringing a visual element to research or projects. Robust collaboration tools give all students a voice, including those working remotely.


Teachers can design interactive, collaborative learning opportunities. The chat and comment features make it easy to give feedback to individual students.


Templates and tutorials help students and teachers navigate the site, plus webinars and helpful articles support users. Accessibility features are a work-in-progress.

Community Rating

Great tool to maintain engagement

I find it really helps to maintain student engagement and not just because it's interactive. I like how you can bring your audience to different areas of the white board using the 'summon everyone' function, and move between delivering material with 'presentation mode' and interactive exercises where students contribute ideas or suggestions.

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Privacy Rating

Data Safety How safe is this product?

  • Users can interact with trusted users.
  • Personal information can be displayed publicly.
  • User-created content is not filtered for personal information before being made publicly visible.

Data Rights What rights do I have to the data?

  • Users can create or upload content.
  • Processes to access or review user data are available.
  • Processes to modify data are available for authorized users.

Ads & Tracking Are there advertisements or tracking?

  • Unclear whether personal information are shared for third-party marketing.
  • Unclear whether this product displays traditional or contextual advertisements.
  • Personalised advertising is displayed.

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