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OpenBoard is an open source interactive whiteboard for use in schools or universities. It can be used either with an interactive whiteboard or in a dual-screen configuration with a digital tablet and a projector.
Where does it come from?
OpenBoard is a fork of Open-Sankore 2.0, which is itself based on Uniboard. It was created to focus the software on its original goal, which is the work of the teacher in his class, by emphasizing the simplicity of use. The development of this software is based on the respect of these two principles.
OpenBoard is compatible with Windows (7+), OS X (10.9+) and Linux (tested on Ubuntu 14.04 and 16.04).
Who is involved?
Currently, OpenBoard is maintained by the Public Department of Education (DIP) of the Canton of Geneva, Switzerland. The University of Lausanne (UNIL), which launched the first version of Uniboard in 2003, has joined the project with logistical and financial support.
In June 2016, a meeting was held, with the representatives of the Universities of Lausanne, Neuchâtel, Fribourg and Geneva, the departments of public education of the Canton of Geneva and Jura, as well as with various schools of the Canton of Vaud (Switzerland), to reflect together on the desired evolution of OpenBoard. In 2019, an association project will be developed.
What is planned?
Interest in OpenBoard is growing rapidly in Switzerland, but also in Europe and North America, and it would be desirable to create a non-profit organization. This association would promote OpenBoard and its open source development, and bring interested parties together. With the respect of the two basic principles that led to the creation of this fork: the reorientation of the software to the work of the teacher in his classroom and the simplicity of use of the software.
OpenBoard – openboard.ch