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Interactive Whiteboards to Show Student Work


The term "show your work" can carry many different connotations. To teachers, it's a way of having the students demonstrate they understand a process, or are able to visually show their understanding. To students, it may seem as a burden, or even a potential reason for lack of engagement. Whatever the thought process is, there are digital tools that can be used to allow students to show their work with the hope of increasing engagement and their learning. The following tools all include some form of interactivity that can be used collaboratively to display a student's work.

Go Formative

I know I wrote about this tool a few week's back, but Formative is the ultimate in interactive web whiteboards. This program gives students the opportunity to use their touchpads to draw their responses on a virtual, shareable whiteboard. As you pose the question of their understanding, they can simply draw their response, and then you are able to view each individual tile on your device. To take it a step further, the option exists to anonymously display a student's response for the rest of the class to see, to show off exemplary pieces of work or discuss areas of confusion. Or, the individual displays can just be viewed in the teacher dashboard as a showcase of student thinking.


Thanks to an assist from fellow district teacher librarian, Shalyn Steward, I was introduced to Awwapp. Simply meaning "a web whiteboard," this site is terrific for a quick representation of student's showing their work. Once the arrive at the site, there's virtually no setup required as students can begin drawing immediately. They can then share with others, or with the teacher, making this digital whiteboard an excellent way for students to share their thinking and promote collaboration.


Very similar to the AwwApp, Ziteboard goes a little more in-depth with the options on the workspace. Students are not only able to freely draw, but they can create straight lines with the click of a mouse, make an arrow, or draw a few shapes. Plus, images or even a PDF file can be inserted into the workspace, making it completely flexible. Of course, this allows for students to collaborate among each other as they're showing their work, which has the potential to be really powerful.

Web Whiteboard

Similar to both the AwwApp and Ziteboard, Web Whiteboard is another, more basic, tool that students can use to show their work. Students can use the typical tools of the other sites, such as different color pens and markers. But, what's really neat about this site is the ability to create individual Post-it notes that can be typed on. They can be placed wherever on the workspace that is convenient. Then, this board can also be shared, allowing for further displays of student work and collaboration.

Pear Deck

The more and more I use Pear Deck in my classroom, the more versatile and valuable I am finding it to be. While the interactive whiteboard has to be created by the teacher on the Slides presentation, the option is there to draw. However, imagine being able to share a picture of a map, or other image, and allow students to draw on it! All of those designs would come to you in real time, which would be a terrific discussion point of student work in your classroom.

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