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Scribblar is a free online interactive whiteboard tool that lends itself well to collaboration.

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SWOT Analysis


Strengths

  • Super easy to sign up for a free account (literally takes seconds to do so)
  • Synchronous tool
  • Can upload images to the whiteboard
  • Can save an image of the white board for notes or future use
  • Text Chat
  • Live audio
  • Basic, so fairly easy to use.
  • No downloading
  • Can invite anyone to your room
  • Anyone can be a participant (or guest) in your room, but they must create a name before they enter (they do not have to create an account to do this)
  • You can create as many rooms as you like.
  • You can allow users to download what you upload.
  • Works in all browsers.
  • Scribblar can take a screen shot of a website for you to use in a presentation.
  • You can embed a room you create into a website, such as a blog.
  • You can lock images so that they cannot be modified (or moved).
  • No private chat (participants cannot have side conversations within Scribblar)
  • You can create and draw various shapes.
  • You can control if you want the room published onto the Scribblar website or not.
  • There is a demo room for you to try: SCRIBBLAR DEMO ROOM
  • You can create multiple pages (or whiteboards) within one room.
  • Participants can also text chat and audio chat to the rest of the room.
  • You can insert backgrounds to your pages.
  • You can promote guests to have drawing privileges.

Weaknesses

  • Professional account costs money ($99/month)
  • In the Pro-account you can personalize your room with a logo and color scheme.
  • When drawing it seems "laggy" or slow
  • No support or FAQ on the website (yet)
  • Must have the images you want to upload saves to your computer first
  • Uploaded material must be: *.jpg *.gif *.png *.pdf *.smb
  • When you upload a pdf file only the first 5 pages will be converted and uploaded within the room on various "pages"
  • If you do not allow everyone to come in as a moderator (or participant with greater privileges) you can't changes your setting while in the room.
  • When a participant is only granted limited participant privileges they can't draw, change pages, or react with the content presented.
  • Audio isn't limited to one person at a time. So anyone can talk at anytime, even simultaneously.
  • You cannot undo a background, when it is applied to a page.
  • "Locking" a room doesn't seem to do anything, but you can't undo it while the room is in session.

Opportunities

  • This can be used as a tutoring tool.
  • Brainstorming Online
  • Good for evaluations of materials.
  • Could be a nonthreatening way to conference with students, parents, or hold portfolio evaluations.
  • The website has a feedback section, so you can review it and you can see what the creators of Scribblar are working on or are developing in order to make the resource better.

Threats

  • It is the room creator's responsibility to ensure that all content uploaded is lawful.
  • Anyone can also invite anyone to the room.
  • Participants can manipulate the assets (the documents and materials that are uploaded), meaning they can delete or create background images for various pages. This could mean that while a teacher is teaching, a student could delete the images the instructor plans to upload (permanently) and the student could also change the presentation for everyone else by inserting background images (that are undo-able).

Ideas for the classroom

Feel free to explore the tool and add your own!