Things You Can Do with a Whiteboard

Whiteboards can be used for brainstorming, explaining a complex topic, capturing ideas or planning tasks. Here are some tips on how to use a whiteboard.

1) Write Out Your Dinner Menu for the Week

You can buy a mini whiteboard where you can write out your dinner menu for the week. If you have the week’s menu planned out, then feel free to put up the whiteboard in the kitchen. That way, nobody will ask you what’s for dinner. They only need to read what you’ve written on the board and they will know what to expect.

2) Task Management

The simplicity of whiteboards makes it a great tool for individuals who want to stay organized at all times. They can pin post-it notes to a magnetic whiteboard to remind them of the tasks they need to do. They can divide the whiteboard into three columns – done, to-do and doing.

One of the best things about whiteboards is that it’s easy to customize.  You can add as many columns as you want. If you have pending items like paperwork, letters or receipt, you can attach it to the whiteboard as well. This way, you can access the items easily and keep your desk clutter-free

3) Learn and Explain a Complex Topic

Whiteboards are a great way to keep students actively involved in lessons. It’s also a great tool for immediate assessment and feedback. Interactive whiteboards, for instance, allow teachers to improve the way they present content. It has software that allows users to create presentations and take notes. Teachers can use this feature to record their lessons and notes. This allows them to provide lessons to students whenever needed. Interactive whiteboards engage students better than chalk boards.

4) Brainstorming

Designers look for inspiration and gather ideas together. It’s easier to draw on a whiteboard than on a piece of paper. The whiteboard marker can be erased easily, so designers can make adjustments to the design without any problem. Sketching together is one of the best ways to get feedback. You don’t have to spend hours on making a design only to be told later on that you have to change most of it. You can save a lot of paper as well.

If you are brainstorming with other people face-to-face, using a whiteboard is better than software as you are both familiar with the tool. The brainstorming session is not interrupted by questions about how the software works or technical errors.

5. Inspire Your Family

Write out an inspiring quote on the whiteboard. This is a great way to inspire your family and help them start the day with a smile. You can also doddle on the whiteboard or draw something silly just to make them laugh.

6. Message Board

Not all members of your family are web savvy. A whiteboard can be used to write notes and reminders to your family. You can use a small portion of the whiteboard to say where you’re planning to go and what time you will be back. A whiteboard can serve as a grocery list as well. Anyone who sees the grocery list can pick up the items and erase it once they’re done shopping.

7. Vacation Planning

You can write what you need to bring on the whiteboard. This way, you won’t forget anything on the day of the trip. You can also draw a trip map to plan where and how to get to your destination. The best thing about it is that you can write everything on the whiteboard without switching between different tools.

8. Calendar

Use permanent ink to draw a calendar template on the whiteboard. All you need to do is to fill out the days and dates each month. Although it may not be as feature-rich as Outlook calendars, it’s still one of the best ways to share your schedule with your family members. A white board is a good option for those who are not comfortable with a digital calendar. If you prefer to use a planner and pen for scheduling, you will find a whiteboard calendar more useful.

9. Create Storyboards and Presentations

Whiteboards can be used to plan a screenplay and create storyboards. It’s easy to map together the screenplay and storyline and add characters with visuals and designs. You can also make presentations using a whiteboard. Perhaps you need to make a quick video proposal or presentation for a client or do a product demonstration during a video conference. If the whiteboard is large enough, you can use it to hold a successful presentation.

What Size of Whiteboard Should You Use?

  • Small Whiteboard (12″ x 16″ or ~9″ x 12″)

A small whiteboard is portable, making it easier for students to present their work. Go to a hardware store and buy a large wall panel sheet. Ask the staff to cut it. This kind of whiteboard may be hard to fit around equipment on tables or the students’ backpacks.

  • Medium Whiteboard (24″ x 32″ or ~18″ x 24″)

This is ideal for a small group of students. It allows them to write on the whiteboard at the same time. Medium whiteboard is portable and can be moved around with ease. This may also be hard to fit around equipment on tables or students’ backpacks.

  • Large Wall Whiteboard

This kind of white board is not blocked by equipment on tables, students’ backpacks or computers. It’s also easy for groups to showcase their work to others. There’s no need to store or transport a large wall whiteboard, so it is always available.

This kind of whiteboard can take up the whole wall, so it may be difficult for students to feel like they have their own space. Since the entire class can see the whiteboard, students may feel less motivated to use it for sharing ideas. However, this problem can be solved by developing a culture where it’s okay to make mistakes. This kind of culture should be set up early on.

Choose the whiteboard that fits your needs and budget.