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:
Classroom computer using RingCentral's screen-sharing feature.
Classroom document camera and attached small physical whiteboard.
You can view demonstrations and steps in the Owl/multi-access classroom demo video.
Classroom computer using RingCentral's annotation feature.
Your touch-screen mobile device and an HDMI adapter.
Collaboratively create content with students.
You can use either of the options above to collaboratively create content with students:
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.