Here are Ten Tools to Visualize Your Ideas Collaboratively

By Education Technology Insights | Wednesday, October 16, 2019

The web-based whiteboard platforms users can use with the students and friends to team up and facilitate the work in real time.

FREMONT, CA: “Collaborative learning is based on the idea that learning is a naturally social act in which the participants talk among themselves. It is through the talk that learning occurs,” says Jeanne Marcum Gerlach, the renowned educator and author. Collaborative learning includes groups of students working together to solve any problem.

In collaborative classrooms, the students take in the lecturing, listening, and the note-taking process through discussions and course material activities. There are several benefits of collaborative learning for students.

Here are some commonly used web-based platforms utilized by students and teachers to collaborate and coordinate the work in real-time:

1. Web Whiteboard

Web Whiteboard is a simple online tool used for writing and drawing together with other people. The app combines the best of different technologies like Meteor, JavaScript, and Node. The board is a touch-friendly app that lets the computers, tablets, and smartphone to draw sketches quickly, and enables sharing it with other people. It is not at all time consuming because it takes less than 30 seconds for a new user to enter the site and to create a whiteboard. The key features of the web whiteboard are drawing & erasing doodles, writing & editing text, moving sticky notes around, and posting pictures and links. The whiteboard data is stored in a database in the cloud. The developers of Web Whiteboard can access the data, but only in case of error-diagnostics. The board is secure because each whiteboard has a secret web address (URL), and without the permission of the user, nobody can access it.

2. Jam Board

Jam board is an interactive whiteboard, available with the G Suite Enterprise or Business or Basic edition as well as G Suite for Education or G Suite Enterprise for Education. It is a 55-inch digital whiteboard developed by Google, and that works with G Suite services. The Jam board draws and writes with the included stylus, and drags and resizes text and images with the fingers. The image recognition technology of the board changes the sketch into a polished image. Users can share their jams with collaborators easily and can work up to 50 people on a jam at once. They can add Google docs, sheets ad slides to board and can view and edit from anywhere with internet access.

3. Real-Time Board

A web-hosted collaborative platform, that keeps members on the same page by bringing all vital information under the same roof. It helps distributed and co-located teams to think and plan visually. Real-time board is a user-friendly and straightforward collaborating solution for project leaders, designers, marketers, developers, and creative people. It creates and collects ideas, gets feedback, and enables the user to see the big picture of the business. The board incorporates Jira, Confluence, Slack, Trello, etc. to get powerful templates. It integrates commonly used tools like Google docs, sheets, dropbox, and others to the board. The main feature of the real-time board is that it provides a more straightforward way to organize even the most complex and creative workflows.

4. Twiddla

Twiddla is an online collaboration tool for smart classrooms, which is easy to use. It does not require any downloads or complicated firewall stuff and is free for just about anybody. Many people can join the session without any limitations. User’s data can be saved as images, turned into a widget for web page embedding, or loaded back up in Twiddla for further tweaking. This tool is available to anyone, and anytime, it incorporates chat and voice. In addition, the user can interact with the web (or any uploaded picture, document, or widget) and mark it up at the same time. Twinddla is browser-agnostic, which means it can work with any software without any restrictions.

5. Limnu

Limnu is one of the most realistic interactive whiteboards, and writing features is just like writing on a whiteboard. Educators and business people use this tool to outline ideas on digital boards via iPad. It helps the users to sketch, share, and collaborate with the team in a hassle-free manner.

6. Ziteboard

Ziteboard is a lightweight real-time whiteboard website for shared teamwork collaboration. It is one of the best zoom able online whiteboards for collaboration on any desktop, laptop, tablet, and mobile device. As a visual communication platform, it is the touch-friendly online whiteboarding software for any browser.

7. Group Board

Group board works on any web browser, including iPhone, iPad, and Android, with no downloads or plug-ins required. It is the online whiteboard and web conferencing software for online tutoring. It is an easy to use and affordable platform used by online tutors, schools, and universities worldwide.

8. Mural

MURAL is an HTML5 visual collaboration workspace and works Chrome, Firefox, IE11, and Safari. It helps to visually explore complex challenges, facilitate design-thinking methods, and organize agile processes across any device. Users can use sticky notes to jot down ideas either by typing or by drawing.


Deekit is a web-based application for collaboration that offer users whiteboard features, such as drawing tools, the ability to add text, and pin notes. It is a virtual whiteboard that enables users to collaborate infinitely in real-time. These boards are sharable, and stored for future reference. The primary mission of DEEKIT is to make remote work and learning feel less remote.

10. Concept Board

Concept Board is a platform for Marketing & Remote Teams. It is a visual collaboration and digital workspace tool, which enable teams to add ideas, files, notes, and real-time feedback.

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