Over the past month or so, I have reviewed a number of collaborative tools that could be useful in the classroom. Board800 is another whiteboard application that has a few functions that could be helpful in larger groups. Here is how it works:
- Go to Board800 and click on ‘Start Drawing’.
- To create a new board, click on ‘Create a new session’. These sessions are active for 90 days and are then deleted. Make sure you download any pages you would like to keep before that deadline.
- At the board page, there are a number of drawing tools on the left such as circle, box, line, pencil, and text tools. Click on any of these tools and then click (in the case of the text or image tools) or click-and-drag to create your item on the board. After every use, the tool reverts to the move tool so you can rearrange your items.
- You can choose a new colour by clicking on the colour box under the tools. This brings up a colour pallet and you can these choose your colour. Note that this needs to be done before creating your item.
- You can add an image to the board to draw on by clicking on the tool with the image of a mountain and then clicking on the board. A dialog box appears to paste a URL for an image found online. While there is an upload image option, it is still in the works and your image needs to be uploaded online before you can edit it.
- Just below the colour box is the ‘Opacity’ slider. You can choose the amount of opacity before creating your item.
- Along the bottom of the page are a series of numbers. You can click on a new number to have a new board. The old board remains in the number it was created. This is great for groups.
- You can download the image as a PNG by clicking on ‘Save Image’ at the bottom of the page.
- On the right-hand side, there is a unique ID number called a ‘Session Name’. Copy this ID to have others join in. They can go to the Board800 main page and add this ID instead of creating a new session.
Have you used Board800 before? How did you like it? Do you have any tips to share? Feel free to leave a comment below, send me a Tweet at @nathanghall, or send me an email using the contact page on this site. Thanks!