WhiteboardThe YuJa Web Capture interface offers several user friendly and accessible tools. One of these is an interactive, online whiteboard. You can use this whiteboard tool in a number of ways. In this post, we’ll look at just a few of those.

Annotate

If you’re used to using a SmartBoard, the whiteboard offers similar tools, accessible through Web Capture. You can share a document and use the whiteboard tools to annotate the document, edit it, or mark out key points for viewers. Annotating documents is an effective and interactive way to engage students during a Web Capture.

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Here, you can see an annotated passage from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. You can also use the whiteboard to illustrate math problems, science concepts or simply to make written notes to accompany your lecture, if you’re not sharing a document.

Brainstorming

The whiteboard is accessible during Video Meetings and can be used for brainstorming with students or colleagues. You can also invite contacts to share a multi-person Web Capture. Mastering the basic whiteboard tools enables you to effectively brainstorm, mind map or work on project planning.  The following tips can make the most of your brainstorming session.

  1. Set some ground rules. Things like “every idea has value” can encourage people to actively contribute to your brainstorming session.
  2. Be open to spontaneous brainstorming. With instantly accessible Video Meeting and Web Capture tools, you can be working with the whiteboard when inspiration strikes.
  3. Let go of perfection! Brainstorming is messy, and that’s okay.
  4. Be okay with boring–sometimes brainstorming isn’t exciting, or even as productive as you’d like.

One of the most important things you can do when brainstorming is to save your work. Fortunately, with YuJa’s tools, that part is automatic. Your Web Capture or video meeting will be uploaded to the YuJa cloud and will be accessible for future reference.

Problem Solving

The whiteboard also offers an effective tool to solve problems. These could be real-world problems in the workplace, or problems posed to a class in a Video meeting or in the real-time discussion forums. Use the whiteboard tools to lay out possible solutions, test those solutions, and come to a final answer.

To problem solve effectively:

  • Identify the problem.
  • Provide any necessary specifics.
  • Identify possible solutions.
  • Choose the best solution to implement.
  • Create a schedule to implement the solution and check in to see if it’s worked, if appropriate.

You can use problem solving tools on the whiteboard with a single student, with a classroom, or with a team of students or employees.