Digital Whiteboard

Digital Whiteboard is a web based collaborative whiteboard system.

How-to Guides

For introduction, information and tutorials on using Digital Whiteboard, see the following guides:

Whiteboard Quick Start Guide
This document is a guide to quickly get started with using Digital Whiteboard.

MyViewBoard User Guide
This document is a guide to using the Digital Whiteboard user interface.

Digital Whiteboard Training Guide
This document is a comprehensive guide to using Digital Whiteboard.

Whiteboard Toolbar Icons
This document aims to be a printable guide that users can use as a quick 'cheat sheet' reference to the Digital Whiteboard icons.

System Requirements

Digital Whiteboard is accessible online, but works best if used with the Chrome browser (or any other Chrome-based browser). Digital Whiteboard uses WebRTC (Web Real-Time Communication) API to achieve screen sharing across various platforms such as Chromebook, PC, and Mac. Currently, this can only be supported on Chrome.

Digital Whiteboard does not support Internet Explorer. Users are recommended to upgrade to the latest version of Microsoft Edge to access Digital Whiteboard.

Participating in a Digital Whiteboard Session

Perform the following steps to participate in a Digital Whiteboard session:

To join a Digital Whiteboard session:

  1. Go to and click on the 'Join a Digital Whiteboard session' icon. Signing in is not required.
  2. On the new window, provide a name and a log in code. The log in code is provided by your Digital Whiteboard host.

To host a Digital Whiteboard session:

  1. Sign in to, and click on the 'Start a Digital Whiteboard session' icon.
  2. The next window provides three options to join Digital Whiteboard session:
    • Login code - participants who are in the same room as the host
    • QR code - best for users who are using mobile devices
    • URL link - send through instant messaging.
  3. Distribute the code to all participants, and wait for them to join the session using one of the options above.

Digital Whiteboard Interface

After signing in, users are presented with a blank canvas. Digital Whiteboard provides the following options to manage the session:

Background Management
Opens options to change the canvas background.
Adjust zoom options.
Manage participants by placing them in groups.
Digital Whiteboard information
Displays details required to login to Digital Whiteboard session.
Displays help for common Digital Whiteboard tasks and questions.
Displays information about the user currently logged in.
Settings that affect the current session.

Digital Whiteboard Toolbar Icons

For more details about the icons that appear in Digital Whiteboard, see Digital Whiteboard Icons.

Main Toolbar

The main toolbar contains tools that allow users to add annotations to the canvas area. This toolbar is always fixed to the right, left or bottom side of the program window. The appearance of icons in the toolbar vary depending on the selected theme.

Digital Whiteboard includes the following icons in the toolbar:

Move toolbar
Click and drag to move toolbar to the side of the screen.
Displays options for importing and exporting PDF files.
Magic box
Displays various tools that you can insert into the canvas.
Infinite canvas
In Presentation mode, allows zooming and moving the canvas .
Selects objects, text and pictures.
Draws freehand lines and squiggles. Click again to open pen options.
Erases objects, based on the last mode selected. Click again to display eraser options.
Shapes and Lines
Draws lines and shapes with different styles. Click again to display shape options.
Text and Handwriting
Creates a textbox. Click again to switch to handwriting recognition.
Reverses the previous action.
Reverses the previous undo action.
Pages in Whiteboard
Creates, selects, sorts, and deletes pages.

Floating Toolbar

The Floating Toolbar allows users to perform operations on the canvas. This toolbar can be moved freely around the canvas area.

Move Floating toolbar
Drag to move the Floating Toolbar around the canvas.
Present Mode
Activate Present Mode to disable annotation tools.
Create Mode
Activate Create Mode to enable annotation tools.
Previous Page
If the canvas contains multiple pages, displays the previous page.
Present mode
Switches the canvas to fullscreen mode.
Next Page
If the canvas contains multiple pages, displays the next page.
New Page
Adds a new page to the canvas.
Opens the polling window.
Eyes On Me
Displays text over the students screen to temporarily prevent interaction.

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