Whiteboard Apps for the iPad

Do you find that you need to annotate documents for your students, draw diagrams, or walk through problem solutions? There are quite a few apps that allow you to turn your iPad into a dynamic whiteboard, so you can record short demonstration videos for your students or walk through problems or documents live in class.

When using a whiteboard app, you may find it helpful to use a stylus, which is a pen-like device that will give you more precision with your drawings and writings.

Below are some of the best whiteboard apps, organized by those that are ideal for creating recorded videos and those that allow for live demos. The links for each app will take you to its page on the iTunes App Store.

Did we miss your favorite whiteboard app? If you have an Android tablet, what whiteboard apps would you recommend? Leave us a comment and let us know.

Apps for Recording the Whiteboard

Doceri (Free)

Key Features:

  • Many formatting options and backgrounds, including the ability to customize the drawing tool to be very fine or thick, which may make it easier to write with your stylus.
  • The timeline feature allows for editing your whiteboard drawings, so you don’t have to get it right the first time around.
  • The recorded whiteboard video can be exported to YouTube or shared by email. Whiteboard files can also be exported as PDFs.
  • If you have a laptop connected to La Salle wireless, you can use Doceri on your iPad to remotely control your laptop from anywhere in your classroom. This allows you to annotate slides, draw on Microsoft Word files, and launch or close any needed applications.
  • Many helpful tutorials can be found at: http://doceri.com/videos.php.
Doceri's interface

Doceri’s interface

Explain Everything ($2.99)

Key Features:

  • Ability to import nearly any file type for annotation or explanation, including PDF, pptx, docs, xlsx, and image files.
  • Files can be imported from Dropbox, Google Drive, SkyDrive, iTunes, and email, among others.
  • Websites can be displayed and recorded on the whiteboard.
  • Recorded whiteboard videos can be exported to YouTube, Dropbox, and Google Drive, among others. Whiteboard files can also be exported as PDFs.
  • Includes tools for editing your whiteboard or audio, page by page.
  • Objects can be easily arranged and rearranged.
  • Explain Everything’s iBook manual is a helpful resource for learning to use the tool.
Explain Everything's interface

Explain Everything’s interface

Educreations (Free)

Key Features:

  • Ability to import photos from your iPad, Dropbox, or the web for annotation or explanation. If you save your PowerPoint slides as images, you can import them on to your whiteboard.
  • Recorded whiteboard videos can be exported through email or shared using a private or public link through Educreations.com.
  • Images can be animated by moving them during the recording.
Educreation's interface

Educreation’s interface

Apps for Annotating and Drawing in Class

AirSketch Full ($9.99)

Key Features:

  • Turns your iPad into a wireless whiteboard that projects on to your podium computer and the projector screen; this allows you to walk around the classroom or hand over whiteboard control to a student to solve live problems. Though, there can be a delay between devices.
  • Annotate PDF documents and images while wirelessly projecting your work on to your podium computer and the projector screen.
  • Access drawing tools including: pencil, pen, marker, highlighter, and eraser.
  • Save your annotations and sketches as PDF files or image files.
AirSketch's interface

AirSketch’s interface

Baiboard (Free)

Key Features:

  • Whiteboard can be projected wirelessly on to your podium computer and the projector screen, though there can be a delay between devices.
  • Ability to import PDFs and images from Dropbox, Google Drive, and your iPad camera roll for annotation and markup.
  • Annotated PDFs can be emailed as new PDF files.
  • Many formatting and drawing options including: pen tip sizes, typed text, and common shapes.
  • Objects can be easily arranged and rearranged.
  • Allows for zooming in and out.
  • Creates a shareable link that invites others to collaborate and chat with on your whiteboard.
Baiboard's interface

Baiboard’s interface

Jot (Free) / Pro version is $4.99

Key Features:

  • Many formatting and drawing options including pen tip sizes and colors.
  • Photos can be captured or imported for annotation.
  • Whiteboard can be exported as PDF files or images.
  • Objects can be easily arranged and rearranged.
  • Allows for zooming in and out.

Requires paid pro version to:

  • Project the whiteboard using an Apple adapter. The whiteboard cannot be projected wirelessly.
  • Import a PDF file to Jot. Note that only the first page of any PDF file will import.
Jot's interface

Jot’s interface (pro version)

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