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Ormiboard: an IWB without the IWB (and a lot more interactive goodness_
This free whole-class, cross-device teaching platform promises to transform any connected device into an interactive whiteboard and there’s more.
Classroom teachers and librarians can create interactive presentations or import content they’ve already created. Your many teachers who have already invested in planning for instruction with interactive whiteboards (IWBs), including legacy systems, can easily import their existing creations into Ormiboard for a far more personalized and more collaborative learner experience.
Ormiboard offers a variety of templates for developing lessons and a simple palette of tools that allows teachers to create individual lessons or syllabi or full texts. Controls appear in a small movable, contextual palette that offers access to images, drawing tools and a library of instructional materials.
The platform offers easy solutions for quizzing and polling, tracking performance, sharing and saving and storing in the cloud and it plays nice with Google Drive, Google Classroom, Dropbox and Evernote. Teachers can bring in pre-created boards or share resources and instruction from such popular third party educational websites as: TEDed, Khan Academy, Kahoot!, Socrative, YouTube Education, Google Classroom, College Board, Moodle and many more.
Boards are built on individual or multiple slides (by hitting the plus sign). Presentations may be started from scratch or created with the support of pre-built templates. This is a fabulous way to spice up existing PowerPoint lessons with interactive elements. They can preview their creations and opt to get alerts about updates and student completion of activities. A growing library of templates and searchable content reaches across subject areas and includes quizzes, click-and-drag activities, games. assignments and exams, as well as more than 500 vector clip art images, shapes, text, tiles, sounds and actions.
The free Ormiboard apps makes it easy for students to connect with instruction on tablets and smart phones. Students enter an activity by entering its code number. With instant session sharing, students can collaborative and engage on their devices in either interactive or edit mode.
A remote control feature allows teachers to manage their display from anywhere in the library or classroom. A tiled display feature allows teachers to see all student sessions on a single screen and quickly assess understanding. Additional display options allow for the display of one or two to four student activity sessions on the presentation screen. Boards may be embedded on other sites.
Teachers can check out Ormiboard and create their first ten boards for free. The Go version, with it $20 annual fee is pretty darn reasonable for software that is far less clunky, far more flexible, collaborative and portable than the standard IWB!
About Joyce Valenza
Joyce is an Assistant Professor of Teaching at Rutgers University School of Information and Communication, a technology writer, speaker, blogger and learner. Follow her on Twitter: @joycevalenza
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