Can anyone suggest a good virtual whiteboard?

26 May 2010 - 2:40pm
4 years ago
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2010

Hello!

There is a thread on this forum but it's couple of years old about finding a good virtual whiteboard. Just wondering if anyone has come up with any good solutions since - open source or reasonably priced. I need a whiteboard to integrate into my site where tutors post classes so that they could use it right on the site - like learnbat or tutorvista (only we don't hire the tutors, it's like classifieds for classes) Needs to have basic "whiteboard" functionality plus voice and video, primarily for 1 on 1 sessions.

Any help is appreciated!

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26 May 2010 - 3:01pm
Dave Malouf
2005

Ok, its not the best by itself, but Google Docs released very quietly in their menu of "create new" a "Drawing" option. If you share it, everyone can draw at the same time (in real-time) and see changes happen in real time. Use that w/ Skype for the voice & video. If you REALLY want an integrated system there will be very few that are open and free. But for 1-on-1 video/audio Skype + Google Drawing might be your best answer. Skype will also allow screen sharing. 

Adobe Connect has a free version to get you started as well. I'm not sure exactly where the limitation starts/ends in terms of being free. But I've used it a couple of times. I know it has a whiteboard option.

I also know that MSN Messenger has a whiteboard option and audio/video as well. Netmeeting is always still a go for that.
If you are on a Mac, iChat might be nice instead of Skype. If you need to audio/video multiple people tinychat.com might be a way to go for that.

Good luck!

-- dave

26 May 2010 - 4:05pm
100gram
2010

Thank you, much appreciated! I was looking for it primarily for tutoring as opposed to drawing - more like a virtual classroom with formulas, etc. - and of course drawing too...

I will check your suggestions, thanks again!

Best regards,

Eugene.

On Wed, May 26, 2010 at 4:46 PM, David Malouf <dave.ixd@gmail.com> wrote:

Ok, its not the best by itself, but Google Docs released very quietly in their menu of "create new" a "Drawing" option. If you share it, everyone can draw at the same time (in real-time) and see changes happen in real time. Use that w/ Skype for the voice & video. If you REALLY want an integrated system there will be very few that are open and free. But for 1-on-1 video/audio Skype + Google Drawing might be your best answer. Skype will also allow screen sharing. 

Adobe Connect has a free version to get you started as well. I'm not sure exactly where the limitation starts/ends in terms of being free. But I've used it a couple of times. I know it has a whiteboard option.

I also know that MSN Messenger has a whiteboard option and audio/video as well. Netmeeting is always still a go for that.
If you are on a Mac, iChat might be nice instead of Skype. If you need to audio/video multiple people tinychat.com might be a way to go for that.

Good luck!

-- dave

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26 May 2010 - 3:02pm
Dave Malouf
2005

Oh! this came to me recently when I asked for conferencing solutions over the twitterverse: http://www.rankspeed.com/r?w=video+conferencing&q1=excellent

26 May 2010 - 4:24pm
groupboard
2010

You might want to check out our Groupboard product (http://www.groupboard.com) - we have lots of tutors using Groupboard for online tutoring. See for example http://www.groupboard.com/math.html for a math tutoring example.

26 May 2010 - 5:01pm
Elizabeth Bacon
2003

Hiya,

I settled on WebEx which has super-reliable voice, video, session recording, screen-sharing and (rudimentary) whiteboards, but it's expensive at $69/month or so, which might not fit with a tutoring scenario. The recording could be a boon, though, for later recall by students if that's kosher.

Cheers,
Liz

27 May 2010 - 5:05pm
100gram
2010

Thanks for your remarks!

You see WebEx and many other solutions would do for a single license but i have a website where tutors post their classes - and the solution has to be available to all of them - a built-in service.

So far haven't haven't found anything that would fit 100%.

Eugene.

On Wed, May 26, 2010 at 6:35 PM, Elizabeth Bacon <lists@elizabethbacon.com> wrote:

Hiya,

I settled on WebEx which has super-reliable voice, video, session recording, screen-sharing and (rudimentary) whiteboards, but it's expensive at $69/month or so, which might not fit with a tutoring scenario. The recording could be a boon, though, for later recall by students if that's kosher.

Cheers,
Liz

29 May 2010 - 12:32pm
Dave Malouf
2005

Have you looked at educational software then like Wimba and Blackboard?
Adobe Connect might be able to integrate into your service as well.

-- dave

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