We very strongly recommend trialling the Online Classroom before giving your first online lesson to make sure you are familiar with how it all works leaving your prepared to start teaching - this will ensure your first lesson goes smoothly for both you and your student. To try the Online Classroom, navigate to your dashboard and click “Demo Online Classroom” from the side menu.
Once you enter the classroom, you’ll be met with a blank page. To start teaching your lesson, click the arrow next on the ‘New’ tab at the top to see the dropdown list of options.
The two that you will be using most are 1) The Whiteboard, and 2) The Content Library.
Whiteboard - this option opens a new whiteboard for you to use, which can be seen by the student. Along the left-hand side you’ll see various tools:
- Use this to choose a colour for your pen.
- Use this to choose between a pen, brush and highlighter.
- Use this to add pre-drawn shapes directly onto your whiteboard for you to use and annotate. There are basic shapes like squares and circles as well as pre-drawn grids, useful for Maths and Science tutorials. To add the shape, choose which you’d like and drag out the area you’d like the shape to fill.
- Use this to drag the whole whiteboard around. If you’re using the whiteboard a lot, we’d recommend opening multiple whiteboard pages rather than piling everything onto just one.
- Use this to erase from your whiteboard. Hold down the left mouse button to use like a normal eraser, or hold shift and click the left mouse button to erase whole shapes/lines.
- Use this to add text to your whiteboard pages - sometimes this is better than trying to write with the brush if you want to add lots of text.
- Use this to add a picture to your whiteboard that you can annotate. Make sure the image you want to upload is in picture format (e.g. .jpeg), rather than PDF or anything else - you won’t be able to add a file in any other format here.
- Use this to move around pictures that you’ve added to your whiteboard.
- Use these buttons to undo and re-do the last things you did.
You can save your whiteboards as PDF documents so you can keep a record of where you left off last lesson, and it may be a useful thing to pass over to your student. The option to save as a PDF is in the dropdown list next to ‘New’ towards the top right of the page.
Content - use this to show a document to your student that you can annotate as part of the lesson.
- Use the “Choose a File” button and then select the document that you want to share. (You won’t be able to share images this way - to share a picture, you’ll need to add an image onto a whiteboard page.)
- Select the middle button below to show this to the student. You can tab through the pages with the arrows along the bottom, and use the tools to the left to annotate the document.
Youtube - use this option to share a YouTube video with your student. You’ll just need to enter the URL of the video and hit the tick to start sharing the video. You can pause and rewind the video just as if you were watching on YouTube.
There is also the option to share your screen with your student - the screenshare button can be found in the bar across the top of the screen:
If it’s your first time using it, you may need to download the browser extension first - you’ll get a pop-up directing you through the process.