Microsoft Whiteboard for education gains new features focused on inclusion

Microsoft Whiteboard collaboration
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What you need to know

  • Microsoft Whiteboard for education gains six new features.
  • The new features focus on inclusion and collaboration.
  • This is yet another education update during a streak of updates from Microsoft.

Microsoft Whiteboard for education received a series of updates (opens in new tab) that focus on inclusion and collaboration. They aim to increase engagement, reduce distraction, and improve accessibility.

The first addition is the ability to add reactions to content on Microsoft Whiteboard. Students and teachers can give a thumbs up to content on the digital whiteboard from Windows 10 and iOS devices. The service also gained a space-themed EDU sticker pack on iOS and Windows 10.

Send to Teams allows students and teachers to share boards that they've created. Boards that are shared remain viewable and allow collaboration between participants.

Two new features focus on accessibility and delivering content to students. Microsoft's Immersive Reader has tools including focus mode, parts of speech identification, and a Picture dictionary which help improve reading comprehension. Additionally, students can use the Follow-along feature (currently in preview), which automatically follows and zooms in on the portion of the whiteboard that a contributor is actively using.

To minimize distractions, teachers can mute individuals using the Read-only mode, which prevents students from adding distracting content.

Microsoft is on a bit of a streak when it comes to updates regarding education apps and services. Minecraft Education Edition, OneNote, and several other Microsoft services have received updates recently to help students and educators.

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Sean Endicott
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1 Comment
  • On éducation, more generally, i think it's better for teacher to have a central table like Surface hub removable, or better, a simple sheet to slam on the board, than a complete installation in Chromecast and IPad, necessarily destructible and expensive