Product Review of Splashtop Whiteboard
Splashtop Whiteboard creates an interactive whiteboard by connecting a tablet to a computer. First, educators download and install the Splashtop Streamer application on their presentation computer and the Splashtop Whiteboard app onto a tablet. Teachers can then use the tablet like an interactive whiteboard to control the computer’s display. The tools allow educators to annotate or draw on top of websites, videos, text files, PowerPoints, and other digital content. Within the app, educators will also find a selection of pre-created templates and graphic organizers, which they can use to take notes or display information for learners.
Teachers can use Splashtop Whiteboard in a classroom where they don’t have access to an interactive whiteboard or when working with learners in a temporary environment. The available tools make it best for whole-class instruction, where educators may want to present information to the class and call learners‘ attention to specific points. It may also work well for individual or small-group presentations by learners.
For educators without an interactive whiteboard in the classroom, Splashtop Whiteboard may provide a cheaper and effective alternative. When it works, that is. Occasionally, slow response times and a confusing design can make it more frustrating than engaging. And while the design features a wealth of tools and functions, it lacks intuitiveness and precision. This means it will take time for educators to get used to swiping, pinching, and other hand motions to control the tools. However, if educators and learners can figure it out, Splashtop Whiteboard has the potential to make instruction more interesting, interactive, and entertaining, just like a full-size interactive whiteboard. It will not, however, provide learners with the same feel as an actual interactive whiteboard.
Overall User Consensus About the App
Confusing design and lack of responsiveness make it difficult to fully embrace the large selection of tools.
Curriculum and Instruction
On-screen tutorials guide beginning users, but fail to provide help for specific problems they encounter.