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Top Interactive Whiteboard Apps

If you're brainstorming, organizing, or communicating ideas, it doesn't get much better than a classroom or office whiteboard. Tablets come close, though, and these great interactive whiteboard apps take advantage of touch controls, along with easy sharing and collaborating features to help teachers and students think, organize, and create everything from mind maps to lessons to presentations. If you're looking for a great way to help students demonstrate understanding in any subject area, look no further than this list. 

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Drawp for School

Collaboration tool makes digital sharing easy

Bottom line: This handy tool encourages collaboration and creative expression, and it makes sharing assignments and giving feedback a snap for teachers.


Interactive whiteboard lets users brainstorm, organize and collaborate

Bottom line: Versatile platform presents a wide variety of options for instructional design, communication, and project management.

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 upfront work to get comfortable.


Enliven lessons and presentations with easy-to-use whiteboard tool

Bottom line: An easy, functional way to create presentations on the fly.

Explain Everything Whiteboard

Powerhouse tool for creating stellar multimedia presentations

Bottom line: Teachers and students can make dynamic presentations that involve different types of media in this innovative, fun app.


Versatile whiteboard with fun features integrates with Google Suite

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


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.

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.


Build slick, engaging whiteboard animations with Web-based tool

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

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.

ShowMe Interactive Whiteboard

Potential for powerful learning; other apps do it better

Bottom line: Great app for digital creation where both teachers and students can teach and learn from shared digital whiteboards.

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