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Did you Know you can Collaboratively Use an Online Whiteboard, and Even Markup Web Pages and Docs, for Free (and Fast)?!

Seriously – enter Twiddla.com in a web browser, click on the green Go button …

Twiddla-GO-button … and you’ll land on a White Board page that you can invite people to with ease, and you can use the Drawing, Shape, and Text tools to just draw and create, or you can import and mark up web pages or documents! To invite others to participate, use the Invite function to email them, or just give them the simple URL. It really couldn’t be much easier.

For the video version of this post, here’s a “3 Minute Teaching With Technology Tutorial” I’ve put together for Twiddla:

Twiddla Pricing

So, what we’re showing above is free! Of course, there are plenty of limitations (you have to pay for richer capabilities). While you can’t save your results with the free version, you certainly do a print screen or use the Snipping Tool to capture results. Full plans and more functionality start at $14/month. Click here to check out the full pricing plan and features grid.

Other Online IWBs

To learn about some more online IWBs, check out “6 Free Online Collaborative Interactive White Boards“. Be forewarned though, as I’ve noticed that some of these have turned into fully priced models since this was written a couple years back. It would appear that the free online IWB may be becoming a rarer species. Do you know some good free, easy to use Interactive White Boards? Please comment and tell us about it!

Are you up for a Challenge?

Oh, and one last thing … Twiddla is our Week 5 web app in the Tool in the Try-a-Tool-a-Week Challenge! Are you on board? 600 educators have signed up so far and they’re enjoying learning about a new free tool (most are 100% free) every week through March, April, and May!

If you comment frequently on the new tools you try, you can win one of the great give-aways we’ll award to randomly selected participants when the challenge wraps at the end of May. We’re giving away an annual MobyMax license an annual Gynzy license, a copy of the Flipped Classroom Workshop-in-a-Book, and a free enrollment in our Summer 4 Week Online Flipped Classroom Workshop (or the Fall workshop if you would prefer).

Tool-A-Week edtech teacher challenge

Come have some fun, learn, and take a chance at winning!

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Inspiring, informative, useful, or just plain fun tweets about education and instructional technology articles, resources, etc.

(Originally posted on Twitter by @EmergingEdTech over this past week … collected here to share with our blog readers).

Best Education & Instructional Technology Twitter Posts

As the length of this week’s Tweet Wrap attests, there was an abundance of informative, fun content to share this week! Free tools like Wistia for video hosting, techniques like “27 Ways to Increase Student Engagement”, professional development ideas (like “3 Ways to Support Flipping Faculty”), opinion, news, cool emerging technologies, and plenty more of what you want to read and learn about!

The positive side of kids and technology
http://www.baltimoresun.com/features/maryland-family/bal-the-benefits-of-kids-and-technology-20150323-story.html

The Changing Role Of The Teacher In Personalized Learning Environment
http://www.teachthought.com/learning/the-changing-role-of-the-teacher-in-personalized-learning-environment/

Wistia – A Great Video Hosting Platform
http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2015/03/wistia-great-video-hosting-platform.html

3 Ways to Support Flipping Faculty
http://campustechnology.com/articles/2015/03/25/3-ways-to-support-flipping-faculty.aspx

Using online tools to keep students engaged: Blended Learning catching on
http://thenotebook.org/april-2015/158381/using-online-tools-keep-students-engaged

An Overview of Important Basic YouTube Settings for Teachers
http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2015/03/an-overview-of-important-basic-youtube.html

New Minecraft Mod Teaches You Code as You Play | WIRED
http://www.scoop.it/t/ipads-in-education/p/4039914466/2015/03/25/new-minecraft-mod-teaches-you-code-as-you-play-wired

8 Ways Blended Learning Changes the Game
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/smart-parents/8-ways-blended-learning-c_b_6889808.html

As market surges, picking effective #edtech products is a national challenge
http://www.philly.com/philly/education/20150324_As_market_surges__schools_struggle_to_find_the_best_tech_products.html#41xKQDhrzAiKuxgc.99

27 Ways To Increase Student Engagement In Learning
http://www.teachthought.com/learning/27-ways-to-increase-student-engagement-in-learning/

Research Seeks Scale For Measuring Student Engagement
http://www.teachthought.com/teaching/research-seeks-scale-for-measuring-student-engagement/

Kgartners, 1st graders among science fair winners @ WH showcasing science breakthroughs!
http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2015/03/23/4201736_obama-to-announce-240m-in-new.html

Learning For Life Versus Learning For Grades, College, or Career
http://www.coolcatteacher.com/learning-for-life-versus-learning-for-grades-college-or-career/

EdX Partnership with Microsoft, Smithsonian Could Provide Professional Preparation
http://www.thecrimson.com/article/2015/3/24/edx-microsoft-smithsonian-collaboration/

It’s Time to Get Real About Retention
http://www.eduventures.com/2014/10/time-get-real-retention/

Move It – 7 Minute Exercise & Brain Break Generator
https://thepegeek.com/2015/03/move-it-7-minute-exercise-brain-break-generator/

10 Future Technologies That Will Change The World (Video)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lMymFYJWW5M&t=178

Short Math and Science Lessons in Rap Form
http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2015/03/short-math-and-science-lessons-in-rap.html

Snapshots Of Understanding? 10 Smart Tools For Digital Exit Slips
http://www.teachthought.com/technology/smart-tools-for-digital-exit-slips/

Homework vs. No Homework Is the Wrong Question
http://www.edutopia.org/blog/homework-vs-no-homework-wrong-question-maurice-elias

This mind-blowing new 3-D printing technique is inspired by ‘Terminator 2​’
http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2015/03/16/this-new-technology-blows-3d-printing-out-of-the-water-literally/

Teachers Are Using 3D Printed Manipulatives to Help Children Understand Math
http://3dprint.com/52139/3d-printed-math-manipulatives/

What Does A Relevant, Connected Educator Look Like?
http://www.web20classroom.org/#!blog-feed/cq8j/post/2187726966270513865

 

 

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