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Dec 08
Wall Whiteboard Alternatives When Using Our Technology-Enhanced Classrooms to Support Remote Learners

As we transition into Spring 2021 and consider how to use the new technologies being made available in our technology-enhanced classrooms, it's important to think carefully about alternatives to traditional use of a wall-mounted physical whiteboard.

Keep in mind that normal writing on a wall-mounted physical whiteboard will not be easily visible and legible to remote learners who are joining in real-time. This will likely be the case even if you are using the Owl camera in a RingCentral meeting, and it will also be the case if you are recording a RingCentral session for remote students to view at another time. For example, glare from classroom lighting may obscure writing for remote RingCentral participants even if you use the optional Meeting Owl phone app to zoom in on part of the wall-mounted physical whiteboard, while managing other technology, planned content, student feedback, and instructional time.  

There are several alternatives that you may be able to use, depending on whether you anticipate creating instructional content in real ​time by typing and using a mouse, or by drawing or writing, such as with a stylus or dry erase marker:

Options for T​yping/Mousing Content in Real TimeOptions for Drawing/Writing Content in Real Time

Classroom computer using RingCentral's screen-sharing feature.

  1. Log in and join the RingCentral meeting as shown in the Owl/multi-access classroom demo video.
  2. Turn the projector on so in-room students can see the computer's content.
  3. Begin RingCentral screen-sharing so remote students can see the computer's content (and capture it in the RingCentral recording, if you are recording the session).  
  4. Type and/or mouse content in real time in a OneDrive file such as Word, OneNote, PowerPoint, or Google Drive parallels. Note that OneNote files can include equations, shapes, and drawings.

Classroom document camera and attached small physical whiteboard.

You can view demonstrations and steps in the Owl/multi-access classroom demo video

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  1. Log in and join the RingCentral meeting as shown in the Owl/multi-access classroom demo video.
  2. Turn the projector on so in-room students can see the computer's content.
  3. Use the caret next to the RingCentral video icon to select the Owl as the primary camera.
  4. Proceed in classroom discussion through videoconferencing and use the Share icon ​to share content such as PowerPoints with remote learners through RingCentral and with in-room learners through the projector.
  5. When you are ready to use the document camera, click Share in RingCentral. Click the Advanced tab. Click 2nd camera. Click Share.
  6. Use dry erase markers to write on the small whiteboard below the document camera. Erase the board when you are done.
  7. If needed, the image can be rotated through Video settings, which is located at the video camera icon in RingCentral.

Classroom computer using RingCentral's annotation feature.

  1. Log in and join the RingCentral meeting as shown in the Owl/multi-access classroom demo video.
  2. Turn the projector on so in-room students can see the computer's content.
  3. Begin RingCentral screen-sharing so remote students can see the computer's content (and capture it in the RingCentral recording, if you are recording the session).  ​ ​ 
  4. Use the Annota​tion feature that becomes available in RingCentral once you have shared your screen or a specific application. You can type text and you can use the mouse to add stamps or draw.
  5. Types of content that you can annotate in RingCentral once you have shared your screen include:
  • A Digital Whiteboard in RingCentral 
  • A blank PowerPoint slide in your slide deck or blank portions of a PowerPoint slide
  • Other files, such as Word or OneNote files that you may have stored and can open in OneDrive, or Google Drive parallels
  • Content you open in a browser (such as a database)
  • ​​Remember that you can periodically erase annotations and you can capture them as images by ​using the "Save" option in the RingCentral annotation toolbar. As with RingCentral recordings, plan to move any saved images from the classroom computer to a USB drive or cloud drive before leaving the classroom.

Your touch-screen mobile device and an HDMI adapter.

  1. Join the RingCentral meeting with this device.
  2. Connect this device to the classroom projector via the HDMI cable, using an HDMI adapter if necessary.
  3. Use the buttons on the classroom projector to show the device's content to the in-room students.
  4. Share your screen in RingCentral to show the device's content to remote students (and capture it in a recording, if you are recording the session).
  5. Use the Annotation feature that becomes available in RingCentral once you have shared your screen or a specific application.
  6. You can also log in to the RingCentral meeting on the classroom computer if you want to use the Owl camera so remote students can see those in the classroom. For instructions, see the Owl/multi-access classroom demo video.
  • Remember: the Owl camera will have no connection to your laptop. The Owl can only be used if you log in to the classroom computer. 

Collaboratively create content with students.

You can use either of the options above to collaboratively create content with students:

  • One or more students can simultaneously annotate screenshared content in RingCentral. If using PowerPoint, view, download, and edit sample slides that show ways of prompting annotation)

These collaborative approaches are an excellent way to promote student engagement. They will also help you see how students are making sense of new content and developing relevant skills. This will shift your role from delivering content to providing real-time feedback on their understanding and adapting instruction in response.

Consider having students take turns in these roles.

 

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