I posted a blog entry a couple of weeks ago (see it here) about my plan to use my iPad as a virtual whiteboard.
I used an app called Airsketch which allowed me to create a virtual whiteboard. It connects to a local wi-fi network which lets a computer become the whiteboard. Then the signal can be sent to video projectors used during services.
As I taught on spiritual warfare, I was able to underline, draw, and write words just as if I had used a white board. Here’s a picture of one of the screen shots. Everything in red I added while I taught. The icons at the bottom don’t show up on screen, but are available to you as the presenter.
I used this tool two weeks in a row. The first week I included my prompts on screen. The second week, I pared down what appeared on screen and used printed notes to the side to prompt me.
Overall, I got lots of positive comments, with one negative one. Here’s what I learned.
- This tool definitely kept the listeners’ attention better.
- It added a ‘cool’ factor.
- It helped me visually emphasize words or phrases in the text which in turn left a stronger impression in the listener.
- I was able to face the congregation at all times. Using an actual whiteboard prohibits that.
- I was easily able to switch back and forth to different screens to review and further emphasize points.
- Less text on the screen is better. Too much becomes too busy.
- Using a stylus is better than using your finger.
- I had to experiment to get the text size large enough for the screen projection.