There are a number of options for online whiteboards or corkboards. The majority of them need an email registration or they need payment to share with others, but scrumblr offers that and a few other little tricks as well. Here is how it works:
- Go to scrumblr, type in a new name along the dotted lines, and click on ‘go’.
- You will be taken to a blank whiteboard. Hover your mouse over the right edge of the whiteboard and ‘+’ and ‘-‘ buttons will appear. Click on the ‘+’ button and the word ‘New’ will appear at the top of the page. If you click on ‘+’ again, the board will become divided with a dotted line and another ‘New’ appearing in the new column. Click on ‘New’ and you can type in a new title.
- In the bottom-left corner of the board there is a ‘+’ button and a double-arrow The double-arrow toggles between zoomed view and unzoomed. The plus button create a new index card at the bottom of the page. Double-click on the card and type in your text. If you type too much, it will scroll off of the bottom of the card.
- Click-and-drag a card onto the board. Clicking the ‘X’ in the top-right part of the card will delete the card.
- Optional: You can click and drag a coloured dot onto a card from the bottom-right part of the board. This is a nice way of organizing related ideas.
- You can also click-and-drag from the right side or the bottom of the board to make the board bigger.
- Copy the URL from the top of the page and share the address with anyone you wish to collaborate with. They can make changes to the board without registering.
The thing that sets Scrumplr apart from most other online whiteboards is the way that it divides into columns. The ability to create a page and have people join in without any registration is also very helpful. This could be useful for many things in the classroom, especially when collaborating. More than one person can be on the page at a time and the changes are made in real-time.
Have you used scrumblr before? How well did it work for you? How did you use it in class? You can add your comments below, send me a Tweet at @nathanghall, or you can email me using the contact form on this webpage. Thanks!