Classroom is an online browser-based education platform within the myViewBoard Visual Learning Platform. It is a flexible tool that can be used in distance learning, hybrid learning, and traditional learning scenarios with physically present participants.
Teachers using Classroom can make use of a versatile digital whiteboard, prepare and deliver lessons, import existing lesson materials, manage groups of students, use the built-in video and audio sharing functionality, share and record their screen, present slides, and assign individual students or groups of students their own working canvases. There is also built-in cloud support for file storage, and access to YouTube and myViewBoard Clips.
Students can join Classroom sessions without creating an account by entering the teacher's unique ID on the website, or by following the URL given to them. Students can view the teacher's presentations and digital content, draw on the canvas (if enabled by the teacher), participate in group work, receive the teacher's video and audio, and can use the Raise Hand function to unobtrusively notify the teacher when they have a question. There is also a chat, grouped by whole class and student groups known as huddles.
|PCs and laptops (including Surface Go)||* CPU: minimum 1.5 GHz (single-core), recommended 2.8 GHz (dual-core) or above |
* RAM: minimum 2GB, recommended 4+ GB
* Network bandwidth: minimum 1 Mb/s, recommended 8+ Mb/s
a Chromium based browser such as Chrome or Edge
|Android tablets||* CPU: minimum Snapdragon 650+ or 801+ processor (or equivalent), or above|
* RAM: minimum 3GB RAM.
a Chromium based browser such as Chrome or Edge
|iPad (iOS) *for attending Classroom sessions only)||* iPad Pro (all models)|
* iPad (5th generation) or newer
* iPad Air 2 or newer
* iPad mini 4 or newer
|ViewSonic ViewBoard IFPs with Windows 10||a Chromium based browser such as Chrome or Edge|
|Chromebooks||a Chromium based browser such as Chrome or Edge|
If streaming video, it is recommended to have the following:
- 1:1 video call: Dual-core processor and 4.0 GB RAM (or higher).
- Online meetings/Classrooms: Dual-core processor and 8.0 GB RAM (or higher)
- Classroom supports up to 30 attendees per session.
In real world scenarios device performance will be affected by many factors including the number of programs and browser tabs open, and the network strength - as such it is recommended to first consider these factors if you experience performance issues.
|*.myviewboard.com||this is required for the web applications ecosystem to function|
|myviewboard.com||this contains a sub-service ecosystem required to allow wildcard subdomains|
|*.myviewboard.cloud||this is required for proper functioning of web service resources|
|myviewboardclips.com||this allows proper functioning of myViewBoard Clips|
|*.visualstudio.com||VisualStudio API is used to enhance user experience|
|*.pndsn.com||Chat Room API|
Asterisks * must be included where shown above.
Please ensure the following compulsory ports are whitelisted
- Protocol : HTTPS/2 SSL
- Port 443 for websocket connection
It is also strongly recommended to whitelist the following ports
- UDP port 49152-65535
- port 3478 (UDP and TCP listening)
- port 5349 (TLS and DTLS listening port)
- for STUN servers it is recommended port 19302 (UDP) is whitelisted
- Launch your browser.
- Go to http://myviewboard.com and sign in with your myViewBoard account.
- On the main screen, click Classroom.
For a printer-friendly overview of all Classroom icons and features, see Classroom Toolbar Icons.
Digital whiteboard tools
When teachers start Classroom, they are provided with one blank canvas. The number of canvasses is shown in the floating toolbar. Teachers have the following tools to create a lesson:
Access cloud and local storage, Clips, YouTube, safely search web images and pages, and add sticky notes.
Select objects and pictures.
Draw freehand lines. Click again to open pen options.
Erase objects. Click again to open eraser options.
Shapes and Lines
Draw shapes with different styles.
Insert and format text.
Reverse the previous action
Reverse the previous undo action.
Toggle the huddle menu panel.
Magic Box tools for interactivity
Click the Magic Box icon on the main toolbar to access the following lesson-enriching tools.
Use the options on the Magic Box toolbar to insert online resources on your canvas.
|myViewBoard Clips||Insert educational videos onto the canvas.|
|Images||Safely search for images from the web.|
To insert, drag them to the canvas.
|Local||Import resources from your device.|
|Google Drive||Insert resources saved in the connected Google Drive account.|
Note that only supported formats can be inserted.
For multipage PDFs, each PDF page is inserted into its own canvas.
|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 link onto the canvas.|
Switch to presentation mode to activate.
|Widgets||A selection of ready-made animations that users can insert on the canvas.|
Users can click on an object to trigger the animation.
|Sticky Notes||Add small colored squares that can contain text or freehand drawings.|
To insert an image, drag one of the image results onto the canvas.
Insert videos by dragging and dropping from myViewBoard Clips or YouTube.
Import resources directly from Google Drive.
Insert YouTube videos for better engagement.
Embed a webpage onto the canvas, which can be opened when in presentation mode.
Use widgets to add interactivity.
Use the options on the top right bar to view details about the current session.
- Click to check Classroom version information.
- Click to view the Help left.
- Support. Opens the ViewSonic support page in a new tab.
- Click to check information about your account and integrated cloud services
- 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.
- Session Password
- Use Personal Session ID
Import and save lessons
Supported file formats
- Image Files: .JPEG, .PNG, .GIF
- Scalable Vector Graphics:.SVG
- Microsoft Word: .DOC, .DOCX
- Portable Document Format: .PDF1
- PowerPoint: .PPT and .PPTX1
- Google: Jamboard, Google Docs, Slides
1 Only for teachers/host.
Teachers can create a new lesson or import an existing lesson previously created into Classroom. To start, click the File Management icon on the main toolbar and select one of the following.
|Creates a new blank canvas. |
Note that the current canvas is discarded.
|Loads the contents of a .qb file from either local drive or cloud storage into the lesson.|
Export to .qb
|A copy of the lesson in .qb format can be saved to local or cloud storage. |
This lesson can then be loaded in future sessions.
Export to .pdf
|Saves a copy of the lesson in PDF format to either the local drive or cloud storage. Teachers can distribute the generated PDFs to their students.|
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 scan the QR code to download the PDF file.
Create or import files, then save the current lesson by exporting it as a QB or PDF file.
If a Google Drive account is connected, teachers have the option to share the lesson online. Teachers can open and export files using Magic Box from the following locations:
- This PC
- Open a lesson or save a lesson on the local PC.
- Google Drive
- Open or save the lesson to Google Drive as a QB or PDF file.
If saved in Google Drive, the teacher can share the lesson (with other teachers) using one of the Google Drive sharing options.
Load previously saved classes from Google Drive to prepare and present your lesson anywhere.
Share your lesson with a QR code.
|Click and to navigate across the canvas pages. The floating toolbar displays the current page number over the total number of pages.|
|Click to start Presentation mode. In this mode, Classroom enables interactivity for all videos, web pages, and widgets inserted on the canvas.|
|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 gear icon to edit the message.|
Change the background
|Click in the floating toolbar to customize the background for each canvas.|
- The myViewBoard Originals background images are available by default. Click on a tag to filter the images by category.
- Click to search online for a background image.
- Click to select a background image from Google Drive.
- Click to set a solid color as the background.
Add, delete, and reorder pages
|Click on the floating toolbar (beneath page number) to open the page management panel. Note that the panel is still available during Presentation mode.|
|Click to add a page at that location.|
|Click to delete a page.|
|Click to duplicate the current page.|
How to manage pages and customize the canvas background.
Click on the floating toolbar to open the page management panel.
You can also record your current session to allow students to review the session again at a later time. To record your session:
- Click the Record your screen 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. After reaching the limit you may save the video and begin a new recording.
- Sessions are saved as WEBM videos. To open WEBM videos, you can advise your students to do one of the following:
- In order to use a camera and microphone, click the camera icon in the bottom right 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.
- Click and drag to move the video streaming box.
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).
Students do not need to create a myViewBoard account to participate in lessons. They can also access Classroom directly from a web browser and do not need to download any software. To invite students:
- The Classroom host can click their ID in the top right corner of the screen to display their unique QR code, session ID, and URL.
- Students can scan the QR code with the Companion, or another QR code reader, and be redirected to join the Classroom session. This may be convenient if students are using mobile devices.
- Students can go to the URL shared by the teacher, for example
- Students can can manually enter the above URL, and replace the
xxxxxxwith the teacher's unique session ID
- Next, the student enters their name and the session password (if a password has been set by the teacher), and can join the Classroom session.
Importing students via Google Classroom
If your myViewBoard account is connected to a Google Classroom account, you can automatically import your students from a Google Classroom class register. The student list from Google Classroom will then appear in myViewBoard Classroom. Lesson materials and session links can also be shared to Google Classroom.
- First, bind the Google Classroom account to the myViewBoard account - see the integrating with cloud services section on this page if not yet done.
- In Classroom, click User Profile on the top right corner.
- Click Google Classroom 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, select the desired class.
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.
Teachers have the following options to manage their students:
|Teacher's view: When enabled, all students see the main canvas only.|
|Student's view: When enabled, students see only the canvas assigned to their huddle. |
|Mute all: Cancels all 'Raise hand' requests and mutes everyone in the session. |
|Allow/Forbid: Allow and forbid student interaction with the canvas.|
|Minimize/Restore: Minimizes/Restores all huddle groups.|
|Active huddle view: Selects which huddle is active.|
|Huddle menu: Displays the Huddle List and Huddle management icons.|
|Number of huddles: Sets the number of active huddles in the session.|
|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.
Students can click the Raise Hand feature if they have a question or want to participate in a discussion. Multiple students can talk at the same time. Teachers can see who has raised their hand in the student list - students will be flashing yellow if they have raised their hand.
Using the Raise Hand feature from a student's perspective.
To use the feature, students do the following:
- Click the Raise Hand icon on the left panel
- Wait for the teacher to grant them 'speak' access to the Classroom. Teachers do this by clicking the flashing yellow icon next to the student's name.
- After the teacher enables the feature, the raise hand icon for the student turns green.
- Student clicks the green icon again to finish talking, muting their microphone.
The student can also click the red microphone icon above the raise hand icon to temporarily mute their microphone. This can useful if many students are in a discussion together, and also to avoid having to wait for the teacher's permission if there will be many separate times the student will talk. At any point the teacher can mute individual students or all students.
Classroom has a built in chat function, with a Public Chat for the whole class, and for each huddle. For teachers, the chats are located on the left of the screen underneath the student list by default. For students/participants in the Classroom session, click 25px to open the chat.
Create a myViewBoard account
To get the most out of myViewBoard, users can create a free myViewBoard account at http://www.myviewboard.com.
Sign up with a Google, Microsoft, or Apple account, or a regular email address.
Having a myViewBoard account provides the following benefits:
- Host Classroom sessions
- Use FollowMe to maintain your personalized settings across devices and sessions
- Access to files stored in linked cloud storage services
- Use all the features of Whiteboard and other myViewBoard apps
First select from the top-right of the myViewBoard homepage.
On the next screen there are the following options to sign up:
Sign up with an existing Google, Apple or Microsoft account:
- Click one of the following:
- Sign in with Google
- Sign in with Microsoft
- Sign in with Apple
- On the next window, grant permission for myViewBoard to access the account.
Sign up using a regular email:
- On the myViewBoard sign up page, enter the following:
- Unique myViewBoard name
- Click Sign Up.
After successfully signing-up:
- An activation email will be sent to the account. Click the link in the activation email.
- After activation, sign in and set up the new myViewBoard account.
- On first sign in, myViewBoard.com prompts the user to update the user's Personal Profile and Account Name.
Integrate with cloud services
Your myViewBoard account and Classroom can be connected to third-party services for cloud storage and lesson management.
- Sign in to http://www.myViewBoard.com.
- Click your avatar, and select FollowMe from the drop down.
- Click Cloud Integration on the side panel.
- On the Cloud Integration screen, select the cloud storage account you want to bind.
- Sign in to your account and allow myViewBoard to access your account.
After binding, a new folder named myViewBoard is created at the root directory of your cloud storage account.
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