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