Tablet Use

What is it?

Using tablets as a remote whiteboard for online teaching

Why use it?

If you find yourself in search of a whiteboarding solution, we invite you to consider which features are most important to you. We have surveyed a number of tools, both hardware, and software, and have created this list to aid you in your decision-making process

If collaborating with the students on a whiteboard in real-time remotely is important to you, consider using ExplainEverything. Pomona College offers a subscription for those that want to use the tool. One of the most loved features is its “limitless” whiteboard where you can drag items around and “park” them for future use.

If you already have an iPad and looking to use a simple application for drawing and recording audio in sync, consider using Notability. We have compared its features to a number of other similar applications and its simplicity, coupled with the ability to have multiple pages with easy switching between them for AirPlay projection to your Zoom session won our vote.

Use case example

Jo Hardin, a professor in the department of Math and Statistics, demonstrates her application of Explain Everything throughout the 2020-2021 school year. She frequently uses Explain Everything to store her notes in the variety of format options offered, create videos, and importantly, work synchronously in the classroom by using Explain Everything as a whiteboard while her students are on Zoom. Explain Everything specifically allows her to create boards that scroll infinitely and incorporate media, like pictures, that enhance her communication with her students.

See Jo Hardin demonstrate her use of Explain Everything:

How do I get started?

ExplainEverything subscriptions are available to Pomona College faculty. To activate your faculty subscription to ExplainEverything, send a request to Then download the application from the app store.

Notability is available on the app store.

How do I get help?

ITS Staff is available to answer your questions and meet you for a consultation and/or group training, if needed. We can help brainstorm ideas for using a remote whiteboard in your teaching based on your specific needs and discipline. Simply reach out to

Support Resources

You can also browse through our support resources to help answer your question(s).

Help from Explain Everything and Notability



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