Classroom is an online browser-based education platform within myViewBoard Ecosystem. It is designed as a collaborative learning tool for delivering teaching, visual learning and participation for a full class, individuals or groups of students. myViewBoard Classroom can be used in a physical or virtual classroom scenario.
Classroom has been designed to be adaptive to different teaching pedagogies, making it suitable for traditional front of class teaching, flipped classroom, blended/hybrid teaching styles and distance or remote learning.
- 1 Overview
- 2 Pre-requisites
- 3 Launching Classroom
- 4 Live streaming with a camera and microphone
- 5 Recording your session
- 6 Inviting Students via Session ID
- 7 Importing Students via Google Classroom
- 8 Managing Students
- 9 Using the Raise Hand feature
- 10 Presenting on the Canvas
- 11 Reviewing Session Information
A general overview of how to use myViewBoard Classroom:
- ClassRoom Session ID. The Teacher shares the unique Classroom ID to all required students to connect to the session.
- Online Digital Whiteboard. Teachers and students connect to a shared digital whiteboard canvas for visual communication and presentations.
- One-way video conference. Teachers can broadcast a direct live-stream using the webcam on their device. Students will be able to view their teachers when they join the ClassRoom session.
- Two-way audio. Teachers can 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.
Classroom - Digital Whiteboard Features
myViewBoard Classroom comes complete with a virtual whiteboard canvas, to create and present content in real-time with the class.
- Digital whiteboard visual canvas
- Multiple pens and annotation styles
- Virtual Eraser
- Text Editor
- Integrated Google Images
- Integrated Google Drive
- Integrated YouTube
- Live Web Links
- Downloadable content
Classroom - Collaboration Features
myViewBoard ClassRoom allows real-time collaboration and participation from all connected students accessing the virtual canvas at the same time, with options to split students into virtual huddle groups to complete tasks and worksheets as set by the teacher.
- Virtual Huddle Group
- Real-time annotation
- Huddle Chat Room
Classroom - Distance Learning Features
myViewBoard ClassRoom is also fully optimized for distance and remote learning, allowing teachers and students to participate in the classroom session from any location via the web browser and integrated conferencing features.
- Video conference (Teacher can share their webcam video to all connected students- Teacher webcam required)
- Audio conference (Teacher and students can talk to each other through connected microphones)
- Hand-raise function (Students can virtually raise their hand to ask questions)
- Video recording (Teachers can record a video of the session, download and share to students)
More detailed instructions are given below.
Before starting myViewBoard ClassRoom, verify that you have already performed the following:
- Sign up for a myViewBoard account. Classroom is accessible to both basic and entity accounts.
- 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 chromium-based browser, preferably the latest versions of Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge.
Once all requirements are met, you are ready to use myViewBoard ClassRoom:
- Launch your browser.
- Go to http://myviewboard.com and sign in with your myViewBoard account.
- On the main screen, click Classroom.
- 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 a camera and microphone
- In order to use a camera and microphone, click the camera icon in the bottom left corner.
- Your video camera should automatically load if connected and already setup. If not, please refer to the setup instructions for Microsoft Edge or Google Chrome
- Click to toggle the video stream on or off.
- Click to mute/unmute your 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).
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 Classroom session and click Share.
- Recording should begin immediately. The button should now change to red to indicate Recording....
- Once the session is over, click the button again to stop recording.
- The browser pop up prompts to choose a save option, and saves the session as a WEBM video.
Recording a video.
Note the following:
- Sessions may be recorded up to a maximum of one hour only. Plan your lessons accordingly.
- Sessions are saved as WEBM videos. To open WEBM videos, you can advise your students to do one of the following:
- - To use the default Windows Media Player, install the K-Lite Codec Pack.
- - Download and install other media players which have built-in support for WEBM, like VLC Media Player or Media Player Classic.
- - If no suitable player is available at the time, students can drag WEBM videos to Google Chrome to start playback.
Inviting Students via Session ID
To add students to your new 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 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.
To join a classroom, teachers must provide the session ID.
- 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 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.
Importing Students via Google Classroom
If your account is connected to a Google Classroom account, you can automatically import your students from a Google Classroom class.
- Click on the top right corner.
- Click to open the class selection menu.
- If this is the first time to connect, click Bind class.
- If no associated Google account is found, click Authorize binding.
- On the new window, click Bind on the classroom that contains the students to import.
Click Next to view more classrooms.
- If successful, the Student panel automatically populates with a list of student names.
- Note the unique Login Code that appears beside each student name.
- Distribute each Login Code to the correct student.
- Wait for the teacher to provide the Login Code and the Classroom URL.
- Open a browser and go to the Classroom URL.
- On the Join the session screen, click the STUDENT tab.
- Type the Login Code provided by the teacher.
- Click Login.
- Students should see the teacher's canvas and video feed after signing in.
Teachers have the following options to manage their students:
|❶||Teacher's view: When enabled, all students see the main canvas only.|
|❷||Student's view: When enabled, students see only the canvas assigned to their huddle. |
|❸||Mute off: Unmutes everyone in the session. |
|❹||Pen on: Enables everyone to interact with the canvas.|
|❺||Collapse/Expand: Collapses/expands all huddle groups.|
|❻||Active huddle view: Selects which huddle is active.|
|❼||Huddle menu: Displays the Huddle List and Huddle management icons.|
|❽||Huddle number: Sets the number of active huddles in the session.|
|❾||Shuffle: Re-assigns the students into random huddles.|
|❿||Students list: Shows a list view of all students in the session.|
In a Classroom, students are organized into huddles. When students first enter a Classroom, they are assigned to a random huddle group.
The huddle panel is used to organize students into groups.
Using the Raise Hand feature
Students can click the Raise Hand feature if they have a question or want to participate in a discussion.
Use the Raise Hand feature to talk to your teacher.
To use the feature, students must perform the following:
- Click the Raise Hand icon on the left panel.
- Wait for the teacher to grant them 'voice' access to the Classroom.
- After the teacher enables the feature, the icon starts blinking green.
- Click the blinking icon and get ready to talk. The icon should stop blinking.
- Start talking.
- Click the icon again to disable the feature.
Presenting on the Canvas
When teachers start 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.
Creating or importing lessons
Teachers can create a new lesson or import an existing lesson into Classroom. To start, click the File Management icon on the main toolbar and select one of the following.
|New file||Creates a new blank canvas. |
Note that the current canvas is discarded.
|Import||Loads the contents of a PDF or a QB file from the local drive into the lesson. |
For multipage PDFs, each PDF page is inserted into its own canvas.
|Download qb||Downloads a copy of the lesson in QB format.|
This lesson can then be loaded in future sessions.
|Export PDF||Saves a copy of the lesson in PDF format to the local drive.|
Teachers can distribute the generated PDFs to their students.
To manage files, click the File Management icon and then you can create a new file, import, Download as a qd file or export as a PDF.
If a Google Drive account is connected, the teacher can also share the lesson online. To start sharing, click the File Management icon on the main toolbar and select one of the following.
|Google Drive||Saves the lesson to Google Drive as a QB file.|
The teacher can then share the lesson (with other teachers) using one of the Google Drive sharing options.
|Share by QR code||Classroom generates a PDF version of the file, uploads it to the connected Google Drive account, and displays a QR code link.|
Students will be able to see the QR code during the classroom session and use the QR code to download the PDF file.
With the possibility of saving and loading a class from your Drive, prepare and present your lesson wherever you are.
Share with a QR code your lesson you just presented.
Adding online resources to the lessons
Once teachers have started creating a lesson, they may want to insert additional resources to the lesson to increase engagement. To see available options, click the Magic Box icon on the main toolbar and select one of the following.
|Images||Search for images using keywords.|
To insert, drag them to the canvas.
|Google Drive||Insert resources saved in the connected Google Drive account.|
Note that only supported formats can be inserted.
|YouTube||Search for YouTube videos using keywords.|
To insert, drag them to the canvas. Switch to presentation mode to play the video.
|Web URL||Embed a webpage onto the canvas.|
Switch to presentation mode to activate the webpage.
|Widgets||A selection of ready-made animated images that users can insert on the canvas.|
Users can click on the objects to trigger the animation.
Research an image and drag it onto the canvas.
Import resources from your Drive.
Search for YouTube videos using keywords.
Search for widgets to insert onto the canvas.
Adding text and shapes
Use the text tool to add text labels, titles or headings to your lessons. To add text:
- Click the text tool icon on the main toolbar
- Click on the area of the canvas where you want to place the text.
- Type the text to insert.
- Use the icons on the toolbar to format the text.
- When you are done, click on another part of the canvas to save the changes.
- To move the text, activate the Selection tool, then click and drag the text to the new location.
To edit the text at a later time:
- Click the Selection tool on the main toolbar.
- Select the text by clicking on it.
- Click the selected text again to activate edit mode.
To add shapes and lines for Art, Math and Geometry lessons, perform the following:
- Click the Shapes/Lines tool icon on the main toolbar.
- Set the following properties before insertion:
- Color. Select a color from the bottom row to change the hues available on the first two rows.
- Thickness. Adjust the line width of the shape to insert.
- Opacity. Adjust the transparency of the shape to insert.
- Shapes/Lines type. Select the type of shape or line to insert.
- Click and drag on the area of the canvas where you want to insert the shape/line.
- To resize the shape/line, click the Selection tool on the main toolbar, select the shape then drag the handlebars.
Using the Pen tool
During a lesson, you can use the pen tool to highlight or label special areas of the canvas. Classroom provides the following pen types:
|Marker||The Marker draws simple lines and is recommended for most uses. This is the default pen tool selected.|
|Laser||The Laser Pen draws lines that are not persistent and disappear whenever the laser pen draws another line.|
|Highlighter||The Highlighter draws transparent lines that can be used to highlight text.|
|AI Pen||The AI pen tries to guess the object drawn by the user, and displays a set of suggested images based on the guess.|
Teachers can use the following tools to draw or add objects on the canvas:
Use different annotation tools such as Marker, tHighlighter, AI pen or Shapes and lines.
Insert and edit your own text.
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.
Teachers can also customize the background for each page by clicking on the floating toolbar.
- Click to set a solid color as the background. Select a color from the bottom row to change the hues available on the first two rows.
- Click to select a background image from Google Drive.
- Click to load a myViewBoard Original Content background image.
- Click the grid icon to show a grid overlay on the canvas. This is useful if you need to align objects on the canvas.
- Click the confidential icon to show a 'confidential' banner overlay on the canvas.
Once you are ready to present the lesson, perform the following:
- Click to start Presentation mode. In this mode, Classroom enables interactivity for all videos and web pages inserted on the canvas. Additionally, Classroom switches the browser window to full-screen.
- Click to activate Eyes-on-me mode. In this mode, students are not able to interact with the canvas, and a text overlay is displayed over the students' canvases. The text can be customized. Click the icon again to toggle.
- Click and to navigate across the canvas pages. The floating toolbar displays the current page over the total number of pages.
- Click on the floating toolbar to open the page management panel. Note that the panel is still available during Presentation mode in case you need to create a new page during the lesson.
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 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, 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.