Whiteboard App Comparison Chart

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Mural

Jamboard

Miro

Link to site

Go to https://www.mural.co 

Go to https://jamboard.google.com or log into Google and then select Jamboard 

Go to https://miro.com 

Brief description 

Interactive digital whiteboard for collaborating on ideas. Accessible on all devices.
Collaborators can draw, write with styluses, type, post sticky notes, and insert a range of media. 
Boards can be exported, embedded, and shared with others. Visitor link sharing is available. 

Interactive digital whiteboard for collaborating on ideas. Accessible on all devices.
Collaborators can draw, write, post sticky notes, and insert images.
The Jam can be exported and shared with others

Collaborative online whiteboard for brainstorming and mindmapping. Accessible on all devices.
Documents, spreadsheets, images, videos and web-pages can be added to the board.
Numerous collaboration capabilities including built in chat.  
Boards can be saved as an image, PDF, or to Google Drive, and exported to a CSV file.  

Primary use cases for teaching
  • Icebreakers 
  • Brainstorming
  • Small group collaboration 
  • Lesson planning
  • Lectures and presentations
  • In-class interaction/activities  
  • Mindmapping
  • Brainstorming 
  • Small group collaboration
  • Icebreaker
  • Brainstorm
  • Diagramming
  • Interactive presentation
  • Mindmapping (many great templates!)
  • Charts
  • Design thinking, such as a step-by-step process.
  • Sequential and visible activities
Unique features 
  • Built in chat, timer, and voting functions
  • Can embed video, gifs, documents, google files, photos, etc. 
  • Create “areas” directly in the whiteboard for presentation mode
  • Facilitators can direct attention to specific areas of the board by creating links to an item on the board or by “summoning” contributors to an area in real time
  • Integrates with GoogleDrive, GoogleCalendar, OneDrive, Microsoft Excel and Word, GitHub, Slack, and Microsoft Teams 
  • Curated support for educators
  • Create and navigate through multiple frames (a Jam can contain multiple frames)
  • Create lists
  • Control invites to “view, edit, or comment”
  • Create “frames”/slides directly in the whiteboard for presentation mode
  • Timer and voting function
  • Activity log
  • Embed Google maps link, videos, images etc.
  • Embed into Canvas
  • Wireframing for coding application “front of house”
  • Integrates with Google Images, Youtube, Github, Slack, Google Drive
Potential downsides

Writing and drawing with a keyboard is difficult. It supports styluses on tablet, mobile devices and touch screen chromebook (with the assumption that all instructors and students have access to these kinds of devices). 
Learning curve for navigating the Mural space. 
Free accounts for educators are limited to 10 members, 25 registered quests, and unlimited visitors. Visitors can view and edit the mural but their contributions are anonymous. 

Users may confuse the actual “Jamboard” (which costs $4,999 with styluses and lots of features) with the free “Jampboard app”.
Writing and drawing with a  keyboard is hard.  It supports styluses on tablet, mobile devices and touch screen Chromebook (with the assumption that all instructors and students have access to these kinds of devices)

Writing and drawing with a keyboard is difficult.
No clear distinction between instructor and student.
The csv download doesn’t provide clear categorizing of information (messy!). 

Pricing information

Currently free for teachers and students 
More info: https://www.mural.co/pricing

Free with Google account

Can apply for an educational license: https://miro.com/contact/education/ -  which is free for educators (but limited to 100 members/students). 
More info: https://miro.com/pricing/

Security & accessibility review status 

Reviewed by OIT’s Architecture and Security board on 8/5

Part of approved Google suite

Not reviewed