Microsoft announce Microsoft Whiteboard for Education Preview Program

Microsoft Whiteboard is Microsoft’s innovative collaboration tool which started in the Surface Hub and which has now spread to Windows PCs, tablets, and iOS.

Now Microsoft has launched a program to bring the app to where it should have been all along – the classroom.

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.

With Whiteboard for EDU, you can:

Collaborate in real time, wherever you are.
Give ideas room to grow using Whiteboard’s infinite canvas. Drive an interactive lesson from the front of the classroom on a large display. Flip the classroom by letting students contribute with notes, images, diagrams, and more on their individual devices. Brainstorm with others and be inspired by their thoughts in real time. Provide a limitless space for lessons, student ideas, and group projects.

Unlock creativity and interact naturally.
Work with whatever feels most natural to you. Teachers and students can use their fingers to make quick additions or draw the finer details with a digital pen. The pen-first, touch-first technology gives students immediate creative power, right at their fingertips. Don’t have pen or touch? Whiteboard for EDU works great with a keyboard and mouse too.

Supercharge your learning experience.
From the ground up, Whiteboard for EDU has been designed with teachers and students in mind: to work the way you already do. Export your board directly to OneNote Class Notebooks for safekeeping. Change Whiteboard’s background to a variety of new colours (including blackboard mode!) and reduce eye strain. Play with different line styles to support writing and graphing. Use education-themed stickers with your students to collect poll responses and give feedback in real time.

Increase the readability of quickly-jotted notes with Ink Beautification, which analyzes handwriting and automatically replaces it with more legible strokes. Choose different ink styles and colours to give handwriting extra oomph. And for teachers and students who occasionally use analogue whiteboards, you can convert pictures of your notes into real digital ink, making the move from analogue to digital seamless.

Whiteboard for EDU launches soon for Windows 10 and iPad. To be notified as soon as it’s available, Microsoft has created a Facebook group which educators can join.

Via the Microsoft Education Blog

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