myViewBoard Virtual Classroom is an add-on service within myViewBoard WebApp which includes features such as one-way video conference, two-way audio, and push to talk.
Tools and features available in myViewBoard Virtual Classroom are optimized for distance learning (also known as remote learning). Distance learning is any form of remote education where the student is not physically present for the lesson.
Virtual Classroom Overview
A general overview of how to use Virtual Classroom:
- One-way video conference. Teachers broadcast a direct live-stream using the webcam on their device. Students will be able to view their teachers when they join the Virtual Classroom.
- Two-way audio. Teachers moderate the class by selecting which students can talk at any given time.
- Hand raise. Students use the push-to-talk feature to inform the teacher when they have a question or when they are asked to participate in a discussion.
- Record session. Teachers can record the class to share with students who missed the session, or if students need to review the lesson at a later time.
More detailed instructions are given below.
Before starting Virtual Classroom, verify that you have already performed the following:
- Sign up for a myViewBoard account.
- Authorize myViewBoard to access your Google drive account.
- Set up an environment with good network connectivity.
- Login to a computer that has a working camera and microphone.
- Download a browser that supports WebRTC (we recommend Google Chrome).
Launching Virtual Classroom
Once all requirements are met, start Virtual Classroom:
- Launch your browser.
- Go to http://myviewboard.com and sign in with your myViewBoard account.
- On the main screen, click Start myViewBoard WebApp v2.0 Virtual Classroom.
- A prompt appears requesting access to the camera. Click Yes to allow Virtual Classroom to use the camera.
At this point, you are presented with a blank canvas. You can draw on this canvas to communicate with your students or present your lessons.
Live streaming with camera and microphone
If you granted permission to use your camera, a video feed automatically starts streaming on the bottom right side of the canvas. All students joining the class will be able to view this stream. If you did not grant permission, a black box appears on this area instead (or depending on the browser). If you need to make adjustments during the lesson:
- Click to toggle the video stream on or off.
- Click to mute/unmute your microphone.
Recording your session
You can also record your current session to allow students to review the session again at a later time. To record your session, perform the following:
- Click the Start Recording button at the top of the canvas.
- If prompted, select the screen that contains the Virtual Classroom session.
- Recording should begin immediately. The button should now show Recording....
- Once the session is over, click the button again to stop recording.
- The browser prompts for a save location, and saves the session as a WEBM video.
Note the following:
- Sessions may be recorded up to a maximum of one hour only. Plan your lessons accordingly.
- Each session is saved as a WEBM video. Most media players support this format. If no suitable player is available, students can drag WEBM videos to Google Chrome to start playback.
To add students to your new Virtual Classroom, perform the following:
- Click the icon on the top right.
- Click the session ID.
- Share the session ID to your students using one of the following:
- URL Link: Click to copy the URL to the clipboard. Use any messaging program to share the link.
- QR code: Click to enlarge. Ask students to take a picture of the QR code and open the link. This is preferable if your students will access the classroom through mobile.
- Session ID only: If students have the Virtual Classroom URL already open, click the session ID to copy just the ID to the clipboard. Use any messaging program to share the link.
- Students who successfully join are shown on the left side panel.
- Wait for the teacher to share the classroom link.
- If given a URL or a QR code, open the link using a web browser.
- If given a session ID, open the following URL but replace the
xxxxxxwith the session ID.
- On the Virtual Classroom login page, specify a name. The session ID value is automatically filled in.
- Students should see the teacher's canvas and video feed after signing in.
In a Virtual Classroom, students are organized into huddles. When students first enter a Virtual Classroom, they are assigned to a random huddle group.
To organize a single huddle group:
- To move a student, drag and drop the student's name between huddle groups.
- Click or on a huddle group's title bar to collapse or expand that huddle group.
- Click on the group's title bar to allow or prevent everyone in that group to interact with the canvas.
- To allow only selected students to interact with the canvas, click the beside the student's name.
- A green colored dot beside each student indicates if the student is looking at the canvas. This means that the active tab in the student's browser is the classroom page. If the student performs an action that causes the tab window to lose focus, the colored dot turns to orange.
To manage huddle groups:
- Click to re-assign the students into random huddles.
- Click to collapse all huddle groups. Click again to expand.
- Click to view the canvas of each huddle group. The number indicates which huddle canvas is active. refers to the main canvas.
- Click to view the main canvas.
- Click to switch between broadcast and huddle mode.
- ▪ In Broadcast mode, all students can see and interact with the main canvas.
- ▪ In Huddle mode, students can see and interact only with the canvas assigned for their huddle group.
The Virtual Classroom provides options to manage actions available to the students during a session.
- Click to enable everyone to interact with the canvas
- Click All to mute everyone in the session.
Other options to manage the huddle:
- Click and select a new number to adjust the number of huddles. By default, each classroom begins with 4 huddles.
- Click to show a list view of all students in the session.
Presenting on the Canvas
When teachers start Virtual Classroom, they are provided with one blank page on the canvas. The number of pages is shown on the floating toolbar. Teachers have the following tools to create a lesson:
Search for images to insert into the canvas.
Selects objects and pictures.
Draws freehand lines and squiggles. Click again to open pen options.
Erases objects. Click on an object to erase.
Draws lines and shapes with different styles.
Reverses the previous action
Reverses the previous undo action.
Toggles the huddle menu panel.
Teachers can use the following tools to draw or add objects on the canvas:
To insert images, use the Magic Box tool to search for images first, then drag them onto the canvas.
Highlight important points by drawing lines and squiggles. Click again to open pen options.
Use the Shape tool to add lines and shapes with different styles.
In case the lesson requires more pages, click on the floating toolbar to open the page management panel:
- Click on either side to insert a new page on that side.
- Click to delete a page.
- Click and drag to rearrange the order of pages.
- Click Reset to start again from scratch. This removes all pages and loads a blank canvas.
- Click Import PDF to select a PDF from the local drive and load it as a lesson. Each page of the PDF is inserted into its own canvas page.
Teachers can also customize the background for each page by clicking on the floating toolbar.
- Click to set a solid color as the background.
- Click to select a background image from Google Drive.
- Click to load a myViewBoard Original Content background image.
Click on the floating toolbar to open the page management panel.
Reviewing Session Information
Use the options on the top right bar to view details about the current session.
- Click to check which account is currently logged in.
- Click to view the Help center.
- What's new. Lists all the changes that are new for this version.
- Support. Opens the ViewSonic support page in a new tab.
- Version. Displays version information of this build.
- Report Feedback. Opens a feedback form where suggestions/bugs/issues can be reported.
Session ID management
This area also contains session ID information. The session ID is a randomly generated value that students use to access your classroom.
- Click to view the session ID for the current class.
- Click the session ID to display more sharing options.
- Click to generate a new session ID. After generating a new session ID, the previous session ID becomes invalid and will no longer be available.
Click to open general settings for Virtual Classroom.
- Language. Change the language of the UI.
- Eyes on me. Modify the text that appears when the Eyes-on-me feature is used.
- Theme. Switch between Education and Business themes. By default, Virtual Classroom uses the Education theme. The business theme may be a better option if you need a more high contrast design.
Use the options on the top right bar to view details about the current session.