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On the virtual whiteboard Miro, you can work interactively and synchronously with your students, regardless of location. We will show you how to use the tool to combine media, collect ideas together and develop concepts.

In a nutshell: What is Miro?

Miro is an endless digital whiteboard on which you can work together with your students interactively, regardless of location. Any number of participants can work on the same task, collect and visualize ideas, develop concepts, and organize tasks. Various templates (sticky notes, mind maps, project plans … ), including those from the Miroverse collection, facilitate the creation of boards.

Range of Features

  • Visualize brainstorming, planning, strategies, and periodic tasks independently or with the help of templates
  • carry out various group activities in small teams
  • Add images and files
  • Create presentations
  • Conduct video conferences
  • Integrate with other apps like Jira, Trello, Zoom, Slack


  • Lecture
  • Seminar
  • Group work
  • Consultation hours
  • Exams

Step by Step

Video: MIRO Introduction, YouTube, © DaVinciLab

Miro can be launched as a desktop app or in a browser window. Register on the Miro website with your TH Köln email address, your name, and a password of your choice. If necessary, download the app for your particular device (smartphone, tablet) from the website.

Once you have registered, you can start using Miro immediately. No further set-up is required. You can open Miro either in a browser or from the app.

After signing in you will find yourself on the Miro home page. Click on New Board to create a new board, or select Show all templates to find a template that suits your project.

Picture: © Miro, Create a Miro board, Screenshot Zentrum für Lehrentwicklung (ZLE)

Once you have created a board, you can share it with other people. To do this, click on the Share button in the top right of the menu bar. Enter the email addresses of the people you want to share the board with and decide what permissions they should have. You can choose between can edit, can comment, or can view.

A board can quickly become so big that it becomes hard to view. Don’t worry! To see where the different content is placed on the board, go to the Map in the bottom right corner and click the percentage (or scroll your mouse wheel) to be zoomed in/out to the recommended optimal view. If you keep the right mouse button pressed, you can move back and forth on the board.

Picture: © Miro, Functions in Miro, Screenshot Zentrum für Lehrentwicklung (ZLE)

Now you can create and insert various content. The menu bar on the left, on which the individual tools are listed one below the other, is particularly relevant for this: Select sticky notes, shapes, text fields, arrows, lines, tables, emojis and much more to design your board. If you accidentally delete or move something, you can undo it by clicking on the top of the two arrows located under the tools. To restore it, click the bottom arrow.

Picture: © Miro, menu bar, Screenshot Zentrum für Lehrentwicklung (ZLE)

Useful Tips

Make sure your facilitation is good! A board can quickly become large and unwieldy, so it needs a person who can control and moderate the workshop.

Structure the board! If you are working collaboratively on a board, you should lock objects if necessary so that they are not accidentally moved or deleted. To do this, select the item you want to lock and then click on the lock symbol.

Good Practices

  • Zentrum für Lehrentwicklung (ZLE)

    The ZLE is a central academic institution. It offers all members of the university a platform for the exchange of experiences between colleagues as well as access to current teaching and learning research and scientific support. Teachers can develop, test, systematically reflect on and publish teaching concepts with the support of university and media didactics.

We appreciate your feedback!

When developing this offer, we tried to include you as a teacher in advance. We would therefore be delighted if you would help us to further improve our offer. Please let us know what you would like, what bothers you or what you particularly like. Would you like to contact us directly? Then write to us at!