December 5th, 2019 by Angélique Toque

💡 11 Creative Ways to Use a Digital Whiteboard in the Classroom

Sometimes it’s really hard to explain your concepts without being able to easily present them. That’s why we’ve put together some of your favorite ways of using Explain Everything in the classroom. Read more about the best ways of creating interactive and engaging lessons for your students. Let’s get started! 😃

Table of contents

1. Lesson Introductions
2. Lectures
3. Summarize a lesson
4. Homework instructions
5. Provide Feedback
6. Brainstorming
7. Visual Storytelling
8. Analyze texts
9. Book report
10. Sketchnotes
11. Collaboration-based practice

1. Lesson introductions

Prime your students with a video before each lesson. Introduce the topic with an Explain Everything movie and share it ahead in the class meeting. That way each participant can build up their expectations ahead of time and prepare their knowledge of the subject matter. What a way to start a lesson!

Here’s how you can prime your students with a short video update before a lesson in four simple steps:

1. Add content to the canvas or design it directly in EE.
2. Press Record and capture your introduction – (eg. Hello everyone, during the next lesson we’re going to cover the water cycle).
3. Create a web video link by using the Export section.
4. Share a web video with your students using any of your usual communication channels.

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2. Lectures

Great presentations are engaging and capture a listener’s attention from the beginning to the end. You and your students have the power to make any topic interesting and engaging. Lead your class presentation using a flexible and effective solution like Explain Everything.

1. Add documents, images, video, and audio to your lesson plans to engage all styles of learning.  
2. Once your lesson is finished, share it with the whole class so they can return to it if they have any questions.
3. Allow your students to work together on existing projects in real-time. Teamwork is made simple with collaboration. 

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3. Summarize a lesson

Synthesizing large sections of text into a short recap is called summarizing. There are three main techniques that you should follow in order to create a great set of notes with key insights.

1) Think about what’s the most essential.
2) Keep only the most important ideas.
3) Advise your students to use their own words when it comes to writing a summary.


1. Think about the essence from your lesson, draw it or record it.
2. Give yourself space and use different kinds of media and resources to enhance your project. Add pdfs, clipart, videos.
3. Press record and narrate your lesson.
4. Easily share the lesson summary with your students using a web link.

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4. Homework instructions

Understanding a homework assignment can be easier if you, as a teacher, decide to provide instructions in the form of a video. Capture your suggestions, annotate or point out the most important materials. Share the video clip with students. Tell your students where their attention is most needed and provide them with additional instructions where necessary. That way they can play it back and get individualized instructions.

Here’s how you can capture your homework instructions so students can review what’s most important and what is required of them at any time while doing their homework:

1. Add a homework assignment to the canvas.
2. Press record and emphasize important elements.
3. Tell them what to do or provide clues that will make their work easier.
4. Once you’re done, create a video link and share it with your students using any of your usual communication channels.  

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5. Provide Feedback

Feedback can transform a student’s learning process. That’s why it should be a vital part of your classroom management. Increasingly precise feedback stimulates creativity and exploratory thinking which leads to better student performance. Discover how to provide positive reinforcement and how to monitor student progress using a digital whiteboard. 

1. Insert a PDF photo or video that you want to review and then provide feedback.
2. Highlight the most important content, and leave your personal notes.
3. Write down your thoughts or simply create a short movie with your feedback.
4. Share a web video with your students. It’s that easy!

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6. Brainstorming

Brainstorming is meant to be an opportunity to set goals and objectives, present and define problems, and create a shared understanding. Brainstorming is a way to engage creativity, imagination and cooperation skills between its participants. If you want to promote creative problem-solving and innovative ideas in your classroom, make sure to follow these steps and get creative with your content using Explain Everything and your iPad.

1. Create a cloud, connect with your students or teachers and work on the same project together.
2. Boost your brainstorming by adding media that speaks to the topic. Add different media (photos, videos, articles, pdf’s, or documents). Take notes, “cut”/”choose” the most important parts, and organize your thoughts and solutions all in one place.  
3. Share the results with others so they can contribute.

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7. Visual Storytelling

Storytelling brings learning alive. It is an effective teaching tool, helping people remember concepts using visuals such as: infographics, sketchnotes, drawings, maps and many more. Stories inspire the imagination and encourage children to communicate. Learn how you can tell your valuable story using Explain Everything.

1. Ask young learners to draw their characters and props separately.
2. Let them build scenes and capture their voice while recording action on each scene.
3. Share it as their first fully featured cinematic undertaking. It’s that simple!

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8. Analyze texts

Teach students how to analyze and interpret texts and materials. This type of reading comprehension can be done through creative projects and activities. 


1. Engage with a text, both collaboratively and individually. Highlight, cut and copy your favorite parts of the text to reinforce comprehension.
2. Support analysis and use key words or phrases to identify the main points from the text. Make sure to add photos and/or media to support analysis. 
3. Encourage your students to present their analysis to their classmates using a digital whiteboard. 

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9. Book report

Writing a summary of a book is a great way to recall and reflect on what you are reading. Your report should be a summary or analysis of the themes, characters, plot, or conflict in the book. Remember that the most important thing is to write down the key points of your books, excluding minor details. How do you do this in Explain Everything? Witness the magic below! 

1. Create a project and import the cover of the book. You can present these as a virtual library, or a bookshelf. 
2. Create notes with interesting take-aways. Choose the main idea of the chapter, write down useful analogies or questions. 
3. Highlight your favorite parts and use colors!
4. Use quotes in order to support your claims.
5. Consider sharing your summaries.

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10. Sketchnotes

Sketchnoting is an engaging way for your students to capture their thinking. It’s also a tool that helps students understand and remember concepts. Let students share their notes and reflect on the process using Explain Everything.

1. Choose a topic that you want to cover.
2. Use a pen tool and sketch your concept. Use colors to highlight some parts of your content.
3. Record the entire process and easily share it with your students or a group.

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11. Collaboration based-practice

Getting your students working together in a digital space makes it possible to practice subjective skills, it also gives them the chance to develop their digital literacy skills. With Explain Everything it is possible to use a shared whiteboard space for problem solving. Learners can work together, co-solving assignments, capturing their work and sharing their knowledge. 

Here’s how you can set up collaboration based assignments for your students to practice.

1. Create an Explain Everything cloud project. Define the goal and your expected result so it’s easy for students to understand the task at hand as soon as they access the project.
2. Invite students to the cloud project.
3. Share a link to the collaboration space with students using any of your usual communication channels. 

Once the collaboration space is live, students will be able to join and work on their projects together. If you want to impose a deadline, change the project settings so that no edits are allowed past the due date. 

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