Microsoft last week revealed that it's gearing up to bring its Whiteboard collaboration app to the classroom, and now it's time to start testing it. Students and teachers can now try the freeform inking app on Windows 10 in preview with several added features built for the classroom.
For the most part, the Whitebaord for EDU preview will work like the standard app, giving students and teachers a place to work together and brainstorm. On top of the standard Whiteboard experience, however, Microsoft has added new features, like the option to export boards to OneNote Class Notebooks, new background colors for each board, and different line styles for writing and graphing.
Whiteboard EDU also adds handwriting recognition to make your inking more legible. It can also take a picture of pictures and notes you draw with pen or market and convert them to digital ink.
6/ For teachers & students who use analog whiteboards, use Ink Grab to convert pictures of your notes into REAL digital ink, making the move from analog to digital seamless. #edtech #eLearning #MIEExpert #MicrosoftEDU #Microsoft pic.twitter.com/Dh2L0VR2sg— Ian Mikutel (@IanMikutel) November 20, 2018
Taking the magical simplicity of an analog whiteboard and adding interactive, collaborative technology, Microsoft Whiteboard for Education gives the whole class a new space to engage, ideate, and create. Teachers and students can brainstorm and grow ideas on this limitless canvas, coming together on lessons, projects, and more.
Whiteboard for EDU is available to check out in preview on Windows 10 now. Just download the Whiteboard app, sign in with your Office 365 for Education account, and turn on "Education Preview" from the settings menu. Next up is iPad, which Microsoft says will get the EDU preview next week.
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