Miro is an online collaborative whiteboard platform to enable teams working together by means of a very pleasing visual interface. Miro focuses on real-time collaborative work on canvases with different templates: diagrams, mind maps, workflow board, etc. Each board is “infinite”, thus can keep lots of stuff in different forms (digital sticky notes, minutes, sketches, images, charts etc.).
Each work session/class may be aggregated, saved and placed in designated areas of the board which is convenient for asynchronous teaching and/or to trace work-in-development. It’s also nice to have integration with a diversity of other major work tools (Google, Trello, Slack) and a variety of add-on apps for special features. Yet, frankly in the end the best feature of Miro is the very smooth visual work experience that immanently appeals to students and staff working in visual arts.
Miro works browser-based (though generally slower), and may be downloaded as distinct app; it’s available for all platforms and devices.
free trail incl. 3 whiteboard with unlimited team members; however, in education contexts that will quickly prove too little as students may have to participate in more than three boards for different classes. Various plans are available for different team sizes, payable by number of team members per month.
Tutorial (by third party):
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UPDATE: Miro offers a very generous Education license for staff and students of educational institutions that is also rather easy to get. Go to the bottom of the page, pick “Education” and follow the instructions. You will need a copy of your staff/student license as well as a screen shot of your institutional homepage for evidence.
NOTE: A helpful workaround for handling multiple classes within the limited team allowance of Miro’s Education license: How to Set up Miro Education if you Teach Multiple Classes?