On the iLab: syncspace- a collaborative whiteboard!

Earlier this week Ms. “I’ve been on sabbatical and no nothing about the iPad” came to see me about an app that would allow her class to collaborate on lexicons for her French class.

Now this is a very interesting query, one that my librarian brain had to dissect:

Me: What do you mean by lexicons?

Ms. Sabbatical (S for short): I want the students to group words on a specific theme together.

Me: Okay- so you don’t need a tool specifically for lexicons?

Ms. S.: No. Something like google docs but for drawing that we can do on the iPads.

Me: [lots of thinking out loud, brainstorming and then giving up and writing down the query on my very long list of things to do]

It is only now, at the end of the week that I figured out the answer was right underneath my nose. By doing several searches on the internet and finding lists like this and like this and like this, I figured out that our iLab iPads already have a tool that can do this ready and waiting for someone to know what to do with it.

So teachers of Trafalgar, I present to you Syncspace!

Here are the specs, shamelessly pilfered from their website:

SyncSpace for iPad provides a zoomable drawing space that can be shared in real time over the net, a sort of shared whiteboard. Turn on synchronization and send a link to the document to others who will be able to see your drawing and also make changes using SyncSpace. Syncspace

To use syncspace, the first thing you have to do is turn on sharing, then invite via email:



When the student gets the email, they must first make sure to open the syncspace app and turn on sharing. Then they will click on the link in the email:


The different members can share the document with others as well- not just the first creator! The link will take them to the syncspace website. All they need to do is click on the middle choice- draw:

The links takes them back the synscspace app and the shared document appears. They can now edit!

In the following drawing, the different colours were made via different iPads. You can also type your words by pressing down on the screen until a textbox appears. A whole range of colours are available, as well as different fonts. The realtime syncing works instantaneously:


You can also add photos:


Because the price for synscpace is pretty steep ($7.99), I would recommend booking the iPad lab for this use.