There are times when you don’t really realize that you need a tool until you actually NEED it? Digital whiteboards tend to fall into that category. 10 people are sitting around in a meeting, and after putting all the notes up on a physical whiteboard, everyone realizes that eventually the whiteboard is going to be cleaned off! That’s when people start copying things down furiously.
Enter Skrbl pad (what do so many Web 2.0 websites have against vowels???). It’s basically a digital whiteboard with very few frills. Click on a space and it opens a text box. Type what you need to say, and when you click somewhere else it will create a new text box. You can also draw freehand using it’s pen tool.
Like many of these tools, its biggest strength happens to be its biggest weakness: simplicity. It’s really easy to jump into. In fact, you don’t even need to log in! Even as a guest, you have full access for the most part. Everything is clickable and draggable, and tools are intuitive. You can save as HTML or just get a preview ready for printing. You can also email people and invite them to edit it as well. Multiple people can all view it and collaborate at the same time.
On the down side, I’ve basically described every feature in the paragraph above. The pen tool is the only drawing tool available. No highlighting, no shape tools, no arrows, you can’t even adjust the thickness of the pen. So it’s pretty bare bones.
However, as I said, this is a site that students can use to take class notes without even registering. Then can literally jump in and a group can collaborate together in just a few minutes without wasting any time on long registration forms and email confirmations. Plus, when you don’t have alot of frills, you generally concentrate on content, which can be a good thing.
So keep Skrbl in mind the next time you realize that having a collaborative whiteboard would come in really handy!