The instructor led Virtual Classroom session and student led Sync Activity pages are identical in function. This synchronous meeting space offers users many tools for presenting.
When your session begins, there is an internet connection speed indicator in the upper right corner. This green/yellow/red indicator lets you know whether or not you are connected to your Virtual Classroom session with sufficient speed to participate fully in the meeting. You can click on the circle to get more information about your connection. If you have a yellow or red indicator, you will likely experience issues like not being able to see or share webcams or desktop, as well as potential audio issues.
The Virtual Classroom space is pre-loaded with 10 pages of whiteboard space. There is a URL at the bottom of the first whiteboard page for a webpage that has support and tutorials related to Virtual Classroom.
To navigate between pages in the presentation/whiteboard space, you can either use the left or right arrow buttons or skip directly to a specific page by selecting the slide number in the drop down menu.
The side toolbar has many different tools that can be used during the presentation.
To view the Annotation Tools, click on Enable Drawing. This will open the toolbar on the right side of the screen.
The first tool that is automatically selected is the Move and Resize Tool. This tool allows you to zoom in using a scroll wheel, or to move the image by clicking and dragging.
The second tool is the pen tool. This can be used to draw or write on the presentation. To use the tool you will click down and drag your mouse to draw your image, or write what you wish.
The next three tools are the Shape tools. These tools allow you to draw a rectangle, circle, or triangle within the whiteboard or presentation. To use the tool you will click down and drag your mouse to make the size of the shape you wish.
The sixth tool is the Line tool. This tool allows you to draw a line within the presentation. To use the tool you will click down and drag your mouse to make the size of the line you wish.
The seventh tool is the text box. This tool allows you to draw a text box within the presentation. To use the tool you will click down and drag your mouse to make the size of the text box you wish. You will then be able to type within the box. You can change the size of the letters and the color in the menu above the text box. Note: Make sure to make the text box big enough for what you wish to write as you will not be able to resize it afterwards.
You are allowed to clear all annotations. When you use this function it will only clear the annotations within the page that you are on. This will not affect other pages of the whiteboard or presentation.
To clear the last action you did within the whiteboard or presentation space, click the Undo button.
You are also able to change the thickness of the pencil and of the borders of the shapes you draw. To change the size you will drag the slider to the right to increase the line/border thickness.
You are also able to change the color of the pencil and of the shapes that you draw. To view color options, click the color box below the slider.
A new window will open that allows you to choose from a range of color choices or create a custom color.
To add a file to use in the presentation space, click the Actions button in the bottom left corner of the Virtual Classroom space. Next, select Upload a presentation.
You can drag a file from your computer into the uploading window or click on Click here for uploading to open a file selector.
Files selected or dragged into the uploader will appear in a list of presentations with buttons to Show or Delete the file. The file most recently uploaded will automatically be shown in the presentation space.
To navigate between uploaded files for use in the presentation space, click the Actions button and select Upload a presentation to return to the list of uploaded files. Then click the Show button for the file you would like to switch to.
If you have uploaded a presentation and wish to move to the blank whiteboard you will need to click the Actions button at the bottom of the screen and select Upload a presentation.
Click the Show button next to the default file. This will navigate back to the whiteboard in the presentation space.
To start a poll question, click the Actions button at the bottom of the screen and select Initiate a poll.
Choose the poll type from the menu that correlates with the type of question you will ask. Ask the poll question and allow time for participants to respond. The poll question can also be uploaded and displayed in the presentation window.
You can also create a custom poll type if needed. When Custom Poll… is selected, you will be prompted to enter polling choices. You may enter up to six answer choices for students to choose from. When finished, click Start poll.
To display poll results in the presentation window, click Publish.