Talkboard – Real Time Collaboration
Type of technology: App
SAMR Model Rating: Modification
Grade level: K – 12
Subject area: All subjects
Talkboard, https://talkboard.com, is a free app that allows you to have a digital collaborative whiteboard in your classroom or at home. It works on iPads and iPhones. Simply invite others and you will share the same screen. Whatever you write, draw or upload on the screen will also be seen on the other iPads or iPhones and you will see what they draw as well. There is also a voice chat feature so that you can talk to the other people in your group as well.
In a classroom with 1:1 iPads, Talkboard would be a natural fit. Students could work together in pairs or small groups to brainstorm, solve a math problem, create a piece of art. The collaboration that used to be done with paper and pencil can now be done on an iPad or iPhone. It also helps with the issue of only one student in the group doing all of the writing, and now allows for ownership over the project by everyone in the group. The app also allows for whole class brainstorming and problem solving with everyone working together and while the teacher monitors the session and can add to it in real time. Or the teacher can use it to explain a concept or solve a problem and students can add to her work. It also allows students and teachers to work with other students and teachers outside of school, this is where the voice chat feature would come in handy. For example, explaining how to solve a math problem over the phone or via text is difficult but with Talkboard you could actually see the problem and how to solve it in real time all the while being able to explain the solution and ask questions.
The learning could even be extended even further as students and teachers connect with other schools to work together on projects. It could also be used to reach out to industry mentors. For example, let’s say your class is designing a building, instead of having a local architect come into your class to review a student’s design, it could be done remotely with the architect making notes on the design itself as the student and architect discuss it and both make changes to the design in real time.
Once you have finished with your Talkboard, you can either export a single board (as a .jpg file) and open it up in a variety of applications (photos, Evernote, Dropbox, Google Drive and more) or you can export the entire project (containing many boards as a .PDF file) and open it up in a variety of similar and other applications (iBooks, Evernote, Dropbox, Google Drive and more).
Students can work together to create a piece of art or plan a design. Students will instantly see what the other student is drawing on their device.
A pair or group of students can work on a problem together and see the other students’ work as it happens.
Upload an image
The teacher can upload an image, such as a drawing or a math problem for students to work on.
The teacher can help their students whether they are in the same room or not. Or students can tutor each other.