Continue reading for a list of my favorite whiteboard apps. If you have one that you like, please add it in the comments below!
Hello Crayons is a free app that allows students to use a variety of drawing tools to color and/or write onto a blank space. This app works great for whiteboard work, as well as creating illustrations for student work. It does have coloring pages, so set expectations for which tools can and cannot be used.
Paint Sparkles is a free app that the students absolutely love because of it's fun color choices and sparkles. However, it is LOUD. Be sure to have the sound turned down on the students' iPads, or you'll hear a constant stream of colors being shouted at you. It also has coloring pages, which I only allowed my students to use on rare occasions (they could color a picture, post to Kidblog and write about it). This would be a fun option to have on hand to for a Fun Friday whiteboard activity, but maybe not everyday use.
Doodle Buddy is another fun, free app that allows the students to use a blank space for writing. It works great for whiteboard work. I also use this app for a variety of other projects, because there is a typing option and it's easy to save student work to post to a digital journal. It does feature some backgrounds and some stamps (that make funny sounds) so again, this app needs to be monitored with expectations set.
If you're looking for a basic, free whiteboard app, I would recommend the basic versions of Lensoo Create or ShowMe. Lensoo Create should be included on all PLTW iPads already, so would be an easy option. They are both interactive whiteboard apps that allow students to record, as well. If you're working with older students, I think these are great options. Younger students may prefer the options above.
If you're working with younger learners and want the option to record what they're writing during whiteboard time, I would suggest (you're not going to be surprised here) ... Seesaw! Use the record while draw tool in Seesaw and it will create a video of what they're writing (and saying) to post to their journals.
If you're using the iPad as a whiteboard, it's important to think about having styluses available in your classroom so students are writing while gripping a writing tool. Next up will be a blog post about styluses!