Over the last few weeks my students have taught me more than a few lessons about innovative uses of apps and iPads. We are collaborating with our high school to participate in Rock Our World 16 with a focus on poetry and poetry slams. We started by using facetime and having students share their favorite poems and bio poems. It worked wonderfully but we wanted to compose poems together. We attempted google docs but found that it was not running as smoothly as we needed it to.
Enter – Whiteboard Lite
Now this isn’t a new app for us but it is what the students did with it that left me more than a little amazed. So with Whiteboard Lite, you can share your screen with any other iPad on the same network. Meaning that students at our elementary school could write on their partner’s iPad at the high school and vice versa. So while talking on facetime, students wrote together a poem.
I did not realize that facetime could run while another app was running. But while walking around the room watching and listening to my students, I learned that when given the tools, students will find ways to make them do what they need and want them to do.