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Using the Whiteboard, Annotations & Nonverbal Feedback

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Whiteboard & Annotations

Why it’s useful:

Lets you and participants draw and write ‘on the screen’ i.e. you can all see what’s being drawn or written. You can either use a whiteboard (essentially just a white background) or any other background (e.g. ppt slide, Word doc, picture, etc.).


– During the first session, you could share your screen with a map of your region and have them put a ‘stamp’ on their location -good to get them familiar with the annotation toolbar and a nice little ‘together but apart’ moment.

– Also useful when you’re ‘back’ from breakout rooms – rather than groups putting stuff in the chat afterwards (e.g. their definition of mentoring) have them type them on the whiteboard and discuss.

The actual¬†Zoom tutorial on Annotation¬†isn’t actually super helpful (in my humble opinion), so here are two alternatives:

Non-verbal feedback

Why could it be useful:

Lets your participants send you short (set) responses (“Yes”, “No”, “Break, please”, “Go Slower/Go Faster”) – probably good in big meetings, but not super ‘human’ and in small groups easily replaced by physical actions like thumbs up/down, nodding/shaking heads.

Here is Zoom’s step-by-step guide on using nonverbal feedback during meetings