This short guide shows how to use an electronic whiteboard to conduct remote tutorial sessions (one-to-one or one-to-many) for subjects that use diagrams, mathematical notation, or special language characters. This guide focuses mainly on using an iPad (with an electronic stylus), but also mentions Windows devices.
Download the following Apps on your device (links to Microsoft Help pages are provided at the bottom of this page)
There is also web-based version of Microsoft Whiteboard that you can use to collaborate with others.
The option to use the whiteboard is available and included in Microsoft Teams when you are in a one-to-many meeting (during the meeting – or after the meeting – go to the Chat channel and you will see Whiteboard in the top options bar).
The whiteboard is not available for a one-to-one meeting. Refer to these guidelines on the Microsoft Office website.
Of course, it is difficult to write on an electronic whiteboard using just your mouse (if you are using a laptop or desktop computer). The optimal solution is to use an electronic pencil (stylus) on a Widows tablet (i.e. Microsoft® Surface Pro), an iPad (see details below), or a laptop/desktop with a touch screen. This will enable you to write more comfortably, as you would on a piece of paper.
PS: you can also use the whiteboard in Canvas through the integration with Class Notebook (OneNote) (see details below).
The whiteboard is not included in the Teams app. We propose the following two workarounds.
Option A: You have a Canvas course: You can access a whiteboard within Canvas by opening the Class Notebook tool (part of OneNote, integrated into Canvas).
Option B: You don’t have a Canvas course or you don’t need to use Canvas for a meeting or tutorial: You can use the Microsoft Teams whiteboard application.
(These steps were tested using an iPad Pro (12.9 inch. OS 13.3.1) and Apple Pencil)
Class Notebook is a Microsoft app (part of OneNote) that offers many ways to organise content into sections; and each notebook page is effectively a whiteboard area which can accept free annotation using a stylus (ideal if working on a tablet), text, images and multimedia. Class Notebook is powerful, but more complex to use than the Microsoft whiteboard app (see option B).
Note: The Help section within any Class Notebook offers a range of introductory videos.
If you don’t have a Canvas course or don’t want to use Class Notebook from Canvas, you can use the Microsoft Teams Whiteboard application on your tablet. Note that the Teams Whiteboard is not available from the iPad application. This is a workaround for use on an iPad.
Microsoft Teams: Use Whiteboard in Microsoft Teams
Microsoft Whiteboard App
Microsoft Whiteboard App for iPad: Whiteboard not displaying for iOS Teams app
Microsoft OneNote: Draw and sketch notes on a page
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