While some productivity and team collaboration tools seem to come and go, there are many tried and true examples that we just seem to can’t let go. The standard blackboard, and more modern online whiteboards have been the go-to methods of brainstorming, planning, drawing, explaining and teaching for as long as many of us can remember. (2)
While most of our productivity tools have transformed into a digital version, these massive surfaces designed to be used, erased and reused time and time again have held their own as physical props we place around the classroom. There’s no denying the benefit of a collaborative whiteboard as an effective method for laying out plans, ideas or explanations in a large, visible format – if something pops into your head you can just jot it down quickly, with the space to hold everything at once. Well, now this space can be a digital one. (2)
Launched and run directly in your web browser, Aww App is a virtual whiteboard for on-the-go and accessing the virtual whiteboard is as simple as directing your browser to the AwwApp.com web page. Logging in allows you to privatize the board so you can invite others to participate. The free model allows for access to the online whiteboard, and all participants you invite can freely draw and add – but limits your tools to basic ones only and doesn’t allow for board saving beyond image snapshots. A solid, basic and easy to use free version with the option to upgrade to a more robust paid plan, or even custom on-premises solution makes for a great contender for both personal and classroom use. (2)
The app is as simplistic as a whiteboard can get. Users have a choice of 7 colors to use on the whiteboard, three sizes of pencils, a text tool, and an erase option. Users have a choice of 7 colors to use on the whiteboard, three sizes of pencils, a text tool, and an eraser. (1)
In order to share the whiteboard with others, AWW App provides a link that you can add to websites, forums, chat, and more. This link will bring the visitor directly to your temporary whiteboard in order to collaborate with you. You could email this link to someone on his or her smartphone and they can join the session and begin sharing almost instantly. (1)
Once you have a finished product, the whiteboard image can be shared as a Tweet, Facebook post, or added to Reddit. This lets you share the ideas and development with others who were not able to join the session. (1)
At any point, you can save the whiteboard images as a .png image file. This allows you to upload, share through email, or post it to sites such as Pinterest. (1)
AWW App could be greatly beneficial to a classroom in order to share the whiteboard with the students. As no registration information is needed, the application is secure and student personal information is never used. (1)
Platforms and synchronization
AWW App can be accessed by nearly any device using the Internet. Whether you are sharing with PCs, MACs, smartphones, or tablets the real-time interaction is superb. Updates to the whiteboard are in real-time and basic interaction can be accomplished. However, the drawing feature on some tablets and smartphones may be difficult to use as an apparent glitch seems to add extra lines. There is no known app available for Android or iOS devices. (1)
Compared to similar apps
Aww App is as basic as they come. It lacks file transfers, voice chat, image uploads, and a variety of other tools that many others utilize. However, this app is 100-percent free to use, requires no registration, and you can be using the whiteboard as soon as you click the “Start drawing” button. (1)
Pricing and license
This app is completely free to use. Registration is not required in order to use the site. (1)
AWW App is as basic and simple as you can possibly get. Because of this simplicity, it’s probably one of the easiest to learn how to use. The app works well in real-time across various device from the website and the ability to post the information to Facebook, Reddit, and Twitter is a nice touch. As you are able to save the file as an image, it can be used in a variety of ways. However, there are far more robust whiteboard systems on the Internet that have greater capabilities that are also free to use. The fact that images currently cannot be uploaded to the whiteboard may be a detrimental aspect for many users. (1)
As always, if you have any questions or concerns about implementing any type of technology in your classroom, please don’t hesitate to contact me directly through email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by submitting a Technology Integration Ticket on the Talawanda Web Portal. Have a great day!
- “AWW App Review: A Simple Whiteboard to Share | Blinklist.com.” 23 May. 2013, http://blinklist.com/reviews/aww-app. Accessed 11 Apr. 2017.
- “The 10 Best Online Whiteboards with Realtime Collaboration | GetVoIP.” 14 Sep. 2016, https://getvoip.com/blog/2016/09/14/online-whiteboard-collaboration/. Accessed 11 Apr. 2017.