What whiteboard tools can I use in my Zoom class meeting?

Zoom Whiteboard

Zoom has a whiteboard tool built-in, and the host and participants (if allowed) can annotate on it. To activate the whiteboard in Zoom, click the Share Screen button located in the meeting toolbar.

  1. Click the Share Screen button located in your meeting tool bar.
  2. Click Whiteboard.
  3. Click Share.
  4. The annotation tools will appear automatically, but you can press the Whiteboard option in the meeting controls to show and hide them.
  5. Use the page controls in the bottom-right corner of the whiteboard to create new pages and switch between pages.

    Note: Only the participant or host that started sharing the whiteboard has access to create and switch pages.
  6. When you are done, click Stop Share.

Other Whiteboard Tools

Besides the Zoom whiteboard tool, there are other web-based, whiteboard tools to choose from. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Google Jamboard (free)
  • Kami (free version has limited tools and features)
  • Padlet (free version has limited tools and features)

As with any digital whiteboards, drawing/writing will be imprecise with a mouse. You can invest in a pen-display tablet, but they can get pricey. If you have an iPad with an Apple Pencil, you can use that with a whiteboard app such as Everything Everything to replicate the same experience.


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