Please note this guide is for users using the new online classroom. For the previous classroom, please see this article.
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. Experiencing the classroom first-hand and experimenting with all the different features will ensure you are properly prepared when you come to teach your first student! To access the demo version of the Online Classroom, simply select Demo Online Classroom from the drop-down underneath your name in the top right of the website, or from your ‘Teaching Preferences’.
When you access the demo classroom you'll also be given the option to test your browser. This just makes sure that you are set up correctly for your lesson. You can see how to complete a browser test in this article.
Entering the classroom
Once you have entered the classroom, you will see a page looking something like this - if your camera and microphone do not appear to be working, please ensure that your browser settings are set to allow for both, and refresh the page.
The online whiteboard is a fantastic interactive tool which you can use to enhance your lessons. You'll have this open automatically when you enter the classroom. On the left-hand side, you'll see a list of the whiteboards that you have open. You can delete a board from the classroom by pressing the cross in the bottom left-hand corner of the board in the list.
To the left-hand side of the whiteboard, there is a toolbar that allows you to draw, write, add images and shapes to your lesson! The image below shows which button does what:
Maximising Whiteboard Space
It is quickly and easily possible to maximise the amount of whiteboard space you have, should you wish to by using the small arrows.
There are quite a few keyboard shortcuts that exist in the classroom. These include:
- Zoom: use cmd+[ or ctrl+[ to zoom out and cmd+] or ctrl+] to zoom in
- Undo and redo: cmd+z or ctrl+z to undo and cmd+shift+z or ctrl+shift+z to redo
- Snap to grid: hold down the space bar
- Skew shape: by holding down the Shift button while dragging the corner or side handles on a whiteboard shape you can skew the shape
If you have any problems with the performance of the online classroom, please visit this link to try and identify the cause: https://lesson.tutorful.co.uk/en/troubleshooter
You can also check the quality of both yours and your student's connection by having a look at the connectivity gauges in the top right hand corner of the classroom. If your bars are in red, you may need to follow some of the tips mentioned in this FAQ.