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Teaching – Learning from anywhere to anyone (Hybrid Learning).

It’s no surprise that 2020 has shifted school operations on a global scale. As we prepare for a very unique back-to-school season, let’s explore how the new instructional scenarios can really help the teachers and learners in 2021.

Better learning outcomes using Interactive Flat Panel Display

While educators are using various terms – blended, hybrid, remote – often interchangeably, to describe the new classroom environment, many teachers, parents, and students are unsure what to expect in the new normal of 2021. 

Different scenarios are discussed currently, to be put in use when the learners return to their classrooms in 2021. 

Scenario – 1

Teachers teach from classrooms while students learn remotely, a synchronous online classroom model

Scenario – 2

Teachers and students both remote and rely on the internet to conduct their classes. This can accommodate both Synchronous and Asynchronous teaching styles

Scenario – 3

Learners and Teachers will be in the classroom together with Social distancing measures in place.

Whatever the scenario, the move to these varied instructional scenarios is testing the significance of education technology as a true teaching tool.Schools are finding that they rely on educational technology that provides a maximum amount of flexibility and integration. These attributes allow schools to pivot should the need arise, especially if COVID-19 cases continue to increase.

Saving teachers time and reducing stress should be our Top priority, especially now that teachers are working overtime.

This year is an opportunity for schools to assess and reassess which tech tools create efficiencies and which one’s don’t. Many schools are already in their third term, so it’s actually less about reopening and more about sustainable continuity of learning and comprehension.We encourage & recommend Schools authorities and Education authorities to adopt future ready solutions designed to meet the needs of the 21st century educator. No more beating around the bush. Teachers definitely deserve better.

We highly recommend the Hybrid Teaching Learning model, which lets the teacher teach the students both in-person and remote (Online) simultaneously. While in-person teaching will remain an essential part of education for the foreseeable future, we now see the need to open up multiple channels to respond to not just extreme conditions like a global disaster but the day-to-day interruptions of effective education. Hybrid teaching not only makes learning more accessible to the differently-abled, but it also allows educators to reach remote areas, helps students stay connected during long absences, and familiarizes both educators and learners with the latest communication technologies.This way, the teacher doesn’t have to repeat the same class and can get more focussed on learner engagement. This model allows the teacher to integrate both Synchronous and Asynchronous teaching methodology.

To build a successful & effective Hybrid Learning environment, Our Ed Tech consultants offer Free Consultation on the technologies that are to be used to ensure that there is less stress on the teachers to adapt to the technology and help teachers to enhance the learning outcomes at both ends (In-Person & Remote)

How to motivate learners to stay engaged in online classrooms

8 Steps to Create a Positive and Healthy Virtual Classroom

Setting up a virtual classroom is no easy task. We’ve seen over the last several months the educational world turn on a dime, transitioning from a brick and mortar experience to a virtual learning environment. Teachers have risen to the challenge and explored new ways to reach and teach students. We applaud your efforts going live for the first time and Zooming with 35 to 40 learners on your screen.  

Now that you’ve had a sizable experience of online classrooms,under your belt and seen your students in pajamas or perhaps a family pet walk across the screen, it’s time to recognize that while it’s likely becoming new normal, virtual learning is a huge adjustment for your students.

Getting comfortable with virtual learning may take a bit longer to master for the students you teach.

The following are a few steps to consider implementing in your virtual classroom:

1. Schedule One-on-One Chats

Setting aside time to talk with your students is the first step in creating a positive and healthy environment. Scheduling regular and dedicated time with each student will help replace the personal attention and accolades they used to get and crave.

Some simple questions to start with are:

  • How are they doing?
  • What does their learning environment look like now?
  • What can they do to make learning easier at home rather than making it hard?
  • Are they setting a regular routine for school activities?

By creating chat times with students, you will have the opportunity to listen to them in order to design instruction around their current abilities.

2. Create a Sense of Belonging

Your students are used to seeing each other every day, spending time on the playground or at lunch. Social connections are essential to child development. The sudden shift to school at home could be shocking and can lead to feelings of isolation. Even during online check-ins or virtual class time, they can feel as though they don’t belong to their natural peer group.

Create a sense of belonging by inviting your students to share with each other during virtual class time. Create online virtual study groups and continue group projects of course, with some minor adjustments. Encourage your students to stay connected outside of class through FaceTime or Skype.

3. Discuss Rules and Standards of Engagement

Similar to the first few days of school, establish rules for your virtual classroom. The difference in this new normal is that students have more distractions and perhaps less guidance to redirect their attention. Create a set schedule for your virtual classroom, so expectations are upfront and known. You will also want to set standards for engagement—everyone needs to participate somehow.

Seek input from your students via verbal responses, thumbs-up or for older students, polling, using the chat box, or control of the virtual whiteboard available in some video conferencing platforms.

4. Routine, Routine, Routine.

During your one-on-one discussions, you will be able to discern whether a regular wake up and bed-time routines are being practiced. Encourage your students that it’s time to get back into the swing of things.

All-day pajamas time or sleeping the morning away isn’t the best way to end the year strong. Suggest they get up and get dressed just like when school is in session.

5. Creating a Study Space

Not every child will have the perfect study space at home. But there are a few things you can suggest helping them find a study space that works for them and serve as their own study space:

  • Ask them to find a corner in a room where they can set up a small card table and chair. Close enough to be around a family member for assistance if needed. Or find a private space in a bedroom, for students who need more private space to focus. 
  • Make the space their own. Encourage them to decorate their space with artwork or pictures. 
  • Distractions. Just like at school, all other devices need to be turned off and put away. That includes video games and TVs in the background.

6. Break Time

Most kids are not used to being indoors all day long. Consider incorporating a few online exercises during your virtual class time. Incorporate intermittently breaking away from online devices by sending the students on a seek and find activity in the house that corresponds with your lesson.  

The idea is to keep moving around throughout the day to keep minds active and refreshed. It’s not healthy to stay stuck in front of a computer all day.

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7. Virtual Office Hours or Check-in Time

Staying connected with students and families is more crucial right now than ever.  Setting aside time for virtual drop-in hours or check-in times is helpful for both your students and families.  Consider creating a Twitter account, YouTube channel for instructional videos, or even a blog to post daily information and materials.

No matter what you set up now can still be used after the school doors open again.

8. Empower Change and Flexibility

You are both adjusting to change. While you are gathering feedback from the students and families, make it known to your students that you are open and flexible to their ideas. Perhaps creating an online suggestion box.

Or incorporate a question of the week,

  1. “What are you enjoying about virtual learning?” or
  2. “What do you find difficult in our new virtual classroom?”

Inviting students to participate is a good way to empower students to contribute to how they are learning. 

This process is and has not been perfect. We are learning as we go. But what we can do now is offer grace, compassion, and the means to create a positive learning environment for students.

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Better learning outcomes using Interactive Flat Panel Display

Better Learning outcomes from Front-of-Class Technology

Since lockdown, there can be no going back on technology: not only is it here to stay, but schools must be equipped to educate a generation of neomillennial learners who are ‘Digital Natives’.

In some schools, interactive whiteboards are the height of advancement. They are now being replaced by Interactive front-of-class technology like Interactive Flat Panel Display. Recent advances in the technology mean the traditional front-of-class screen is now more than simply a passive display. This type of technology can provide a full tablet-like experience that offers real productivity gains and acts as a central hub for all education technology.

During school closures, students have missed out on key social and soft skills. It has shown that being present in the classroom and working together is fundamental to learning. Student and parent engagement with learning fell dramatically during lockdown. We’ve realised that learning in the classroom is absolutely key to pupil development: by using collaborative, interactive tools like an Interactive Flat Panel Display, pupils can be engaged in learning all over again

Your teachers can use an Interactive Flat Panel Display to: 

  • Deliver interactive lessons with dynamic information flow between teacher and student devices (e.g. tablets, notebooks, laptops, Chromebooks.) 
  • Share digital content such as videos and images, quickly and easily. 
  • Customise content, tasks and lessons with free, accompanying software — myviewboard and Google Classroom. 
  • Create interactive lessons, polls, quizzes and team-based activities directly on the panel.
  • Share learning in real-time with the whole class, increasing discussion and participation. 
  • Allow pupils to learn the way they do at home, extending learning beyond the classroom and instilling independent problem-solving skills.  

“Technology alone is not enough: it works best with a teacher present, to answer the needs of a well-crafted digital learning strategy. In other words, it’s not having technology that matters – it’s how you use it.”

Connecting the class

Now schools are returning, it’s clear that classrooms are the nucleus of learning. Front-of class technology, like Viewsonic Interactive Flat Panel Display, is the ultimate tool to put the educator back at the heart of learning, while facilitating creative, interactive learning experiences. It connects to student devices and provides an interactive environment for advanced learning. This type of edtech allows for customised activities to cater for individual learning styles, and can be used for informal, formative assessment that gives your school more insight predicting pupils’ summative results.

It should go without saying that simply adding ICT doesn’t necessarily add value, so explore new pedagogies for how to use it to best advantage. For example, consider re-imagining your space; explore the ‘modern classroom’; maximise collaborative working among pupils; try ‘flipping your classroom’; implement strategies for pupil engagement and empowerment.

Training your Teachers

Studies reveal that 6 out of 10 teachers had never had any training on how to use ICT in the classroom.Your teachers must be not only willing but keen to share the lesson content, presentation and assessment of content with their pupils. This requires a shift from seeing themselves as teachers to seeing themselves as facilitators of learning. At C3 iT Xperts, we have been training teachers since 2007 on how to effectively use technology in classrooms for better learning outcomes.

Commitment from the Management

Above all else, the effective use of ICT needs strong leadership. Technology is powerful, and can certainly help to deliver better educational outcomes for students and a competitive advantage for the school – but it needs careful management, and commitment right across the school 

Attempting to add a new approach to technology to a classroom without taking into consideration core pedagogies will result in an ineffective wasteful and backward-looking compromise. 

At C3 iT Xperts, we’re focused on providing inspiring and engaging digital tools that redefine the modern classroom. We design interactive, award winning education technology, including the revolutionary front of class display Interactive Flat Panel Display that allows educators to enhance their teaching methods and improve attainment across their schools.

Tips for Online Teaching

Practically Tested 10 Tips on Online Teaching

No matter how long you’ve been standing in front of a classroom, teaching online can be a daunting task.Online classes can feel quite different from in-person classes, and you may not be able to do all the same things online that you did face-to-face. But that’s not to say you can’t create the same type of inclusive, quality learning environment for your students.With the right tools, some creativity and a healthy dose of patience, you can master the move online. To help you make the transition as seamless as possible, we asked current online instructors for their best advice. So, here are ten practical tips to get you started:

1) Be Specific – Very Specific

When communicating online you can never be too clear. If you want to save yourself a lot of time and headache, make sure you clearly define all class expectations up front. That means more than simply posting a syllabus or grading rubric. Instead try sharing real life examples of what to do and what not to do whenever possible.

2) Clarify Tone and Communication Styles

This may seem like a no-brainer but because you’re not face-to-face it’s worth repeating. Students tend to be more informal when communicating online—thanks to online messaging and social media—so it’s never a bad idea to set some classroom communication guidelines from the start.

3) Continuously Encourage Engagement

Keeping your students actively engaged in an online setting is a constant challenge. Hiding behind screens it’s easy for students to check out or do the bare minimum, so you’ll have to work at keeping the conversation going. Try requiring minimum response lengths for assignments and posing open-ended questions.

4) More Is Not Always Better

When creating online courses, we tend to get into the mindset of more is better. More links, more buttons, more apps. But too many additional resources and tools can be distracting and overwhelming for your students. So, don’t feel the need to try and overcompensate for the lack of in-person instruction with bells and whistles; instead, stick with a few trusted resources.

5) Be Responsive—but Set Limits

It’s important to keep in mind that students are accustomed to instant feedback. But you’re not face-to-face and an email is not a text message. Just because you’re online, it doesn’t mean that you’re accessible 24/7. Communicate with your students when you are and when you are not available, as well as when they can expect a reply, so everyone is on the same page.

6) Establish a Routine

Teaching online comes with a level of uncertainty and stress. To help save your inbox from a flood of weekly questions, it’s best to create a basic class structure from week to week for consistency. When students know they can expect and plan for certain types of activities or assignments, they’ll feel more at ease.

7) Create a Separate Space for Your Students

Online classes mean your students are missing out on social interactions with their peers. The conversations and discussions they would normally have before and after class are still important so try creating a separate online forum just for them to make introductions, socialize and bounce ideas around.

8) Don’t Forget the Value of Group Assignments

Just because it’s online doesn’t mean you have to ditch the group work. Not only are group assignments a good excuse for some additional peer interaction and engagement but they allow your students to showcase their different strengths and interests. To keep online group work manageable, try breaking projects up into multiple steps with smaller assignments.

9) Add a Personal Touch

When you’re staring at a screen and uploading assignments, it’s easy to feel like you’re being taught by a computer rather than a person – and that impersonal feeling is not very conducive for learning. You can help your students feel more connected by injecting some personal touches. Post a picture of yourself or a fun introductory video, anything to remind them that you are indeed a human.

10) Practice Empathy and Compassion

With online teaching there are things that will inevitably go wrong. There will be technical issues, miscommunications and activities that don’t go as planned. Try and assume the best of intentions and remember that we’re all dealing with this new normal together.

10 must have Google Chrome extensions for Teachers

Google Chrome Extensions for G Suite – Education

If you are a teacher using Google products for teaching from home, Here’s list of must have extensions for teachers like you.

How to download and use chrome extensions:

  • Visit the chrome web store while using your chrome browser
  • Search the chrome extension you’re interested in using, then click “add to chrome” (the download will only take a minute or two)
  • You’ll notice a new icon in the top of your screen in the toolbar once the download is complete
  • Click the icon that correlates to the extension you want to use in order to activate it. Follow the directions on-screen after clicking the icon in the toolbar. 
  • Need more help? Visit the Chrome Web Store Help Desk.

Meet Attendance

Collect attendance in a Google Sheet from a Google Meet.

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/meet-attendance/nenibigflkdikhamlnekfppbganmojlg?hl=en

Kami Extension – PDF and Document Annotation

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/kami-extension-pdf-and-do/ecnphlgnajanjnkcmbpancdjoidceilk

Google Meet Grid View

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/google-meet-grid-view/kklailfgofogmmdlhgmjgenehkjoioip

Nimbus Screenshot & Screen Video Recorder

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/nimbus-screenshot-screen/bpconcjcammlapcogcnnelfmaeghhagj

EquatIO – Math made digital

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/equatio-math-made-digital/hjngolefdpdnooamgdldlkjgmdcmcjnc

Loom for Chrome

Loom, you can record your screen, voice, and face to create an instantly shareable video in less time than it would take to type an email.

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/loom-for-chrome/liecbddmkiiihnedobmlmillhodjkdmb

Dualless

Dualless is a poor man’s dual monitor solution. It splits your browser windows into two by just 2 clicks. The ratio can be adjusted according to your needs.You may have a  browser window showing on the right that occupy 30% of your  screen. Then the rest of space leave to Google+. 

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/dualless/bgdpkilkheacbboffppjgceiplijhfpd

Read&Write

Reads docs & websites out loud, dictionary, highlighter, etc

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/readwrite-for-google-chro/inoeonmfapjbbkmdafoankkfajkcphgd

Vidyard – Free Video and Screen Recorder

Capture your screen, share your video and track who’s watching it!

Vidyard’s free screen recorder makes it easy to communicate better with video. 

Record and share unlimited videos for customer presentations, employee onboarding, team updates, and more—in just a few clicks.

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/vidyard-free-video-and-sc/jiihcciniecimeajcniapbngjjbonjan

Push to Classroom

Push to Classroom allows teachers to instantly share any link to their Google Classroom classes as an announcement or an assignment. This allows teachers to instantly push links to their students, even if the students aren’t currently logged in to Google Chrome.

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/push-to-classroom/jbneakgkpdfcjnolohhnbahjcbkleiji

Training Guide for Myviewboard whiteboard software

My Viewboard Whiteboard for Windows-Training Guide

Whiteboard for Windows is a digital whiteboard solution designed specifically to run on the Windows operating system. Whiteboard for Windows is optimized for interactive displays, but will also run on non-interactive screens, with mouse clicks replacing touch events for interaction. Integration with myViewBoard.com allows unlimited users to share screens, as well as cast-in and out from anywhere in the world.

Create and Manage a myViewBoard Account

Sign up for a myViewBoard account

myViewBoard Whiteboard for Windows sign-in panel

To get the most out of myViewBoard, users need to create a complimentary myViewBoard account at http://www.myviewboard.com. Note that Whiteboard for Windows can still be used without signing in. However, some features will be unavailable.

myViewBoard provides the following options to sign up:


Integrate an existing Google or Microsoft account:

  1. Click one of the following:
    • Sign in with Google
    • Sign in with Microsoft
    • Sign in with Apple
  2. On the next window, grant permission to myViewBoard to access the user’s account.

Sign up using an email provider:

  1. On the myViewBoard sign up page, fill up the following details:
    • Unique myViewBoard name
    • Email
    • Password
  2. Select the checkbox for EULA agreement.
  3. Click Sign Up.


After successful sign-up, perform the following steps:

  1. An activation email will be sent to the account. Activate the account by clicking the link in the activation email.
  2. After activation, sign in and set up the new myViewBoard account.
  3. On first sign in, myViewBoard.com prompts the user to update the user’s Personal Profile and Account Name Setting.

Bind a cloud storage account

Next, bind a cloud storage service to the account. Integration connects a Google Drive, Dropbox, Box OneDrive or OneDrive for Business cloud accounts to myViewBoard, and allows media, lessons and other content to be saved to the cloud.

Bind a cloud account on the FollowMe AI page.
  1. Sign in to http://www.myViewBoard.com.
  2. Click your avatar, and select  myViewBoard FollowMe from the drop down.
  3. Click Cloud Integration on the side panel.
  4. On the Cloud Integration screen, select the cloud storage account you want to bind.
  5. 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.

Binding a cloud storage account provides the following benefits:

  • Allows saving media, lessons and other content to the cloud. If the process is successful, users can use the Magic Box to access the contents of their cloud storage account.
  • Enables the use of custom images for certain myViewBoard features. myViewBoard automatically creates it’s own ‘system’ folder myViewBoard in the integrated cloud storage account. The myViewBoard program loads the contents of this folder whenever a user signs in to a myViewBoard session.

Upload custom images and settings

Upload custom backgrounds on the FollowMe AI page.

Once the cloud storage account is ready, upload custom images to customize your myViewBoard experience.

  1. Sign in to http://www.myviewboard.com.
  2. Click your avatar, and select  myViewBoard FollowMe from the drop down.
  3. On the Setting screen, verify that the myViewBoard default theme is not selected.
  4. On the Cloud Integration screen, verify that the correct cloud storage account is selected as the default.
  5. On the Backgrounds, Magic Line Pens, and Shape Pens screens, perform the following procedures.
    1. Go to the Background, Magic Line Pen, or Shape Pen screen.
    2. Click Update Files to open the cloud storage location for the specified feature.
    3. Select PNG and JPG images to upload to the correct folder.

Images must meet the following dimensions:

BackgroundAny resolution, but 3840 x 2160 (4k resolution) is recommended
Magic Line PenShould be at least 96 x 96 pixels. Images are tiled to fill the space.
Shape Pen96 x 96 pixels, all pen images are scaled to this resolution

Download the program and install

  1. Sign in to http://www.myviewboard.com.
  2. Click your avatar, and select  Downloads icon to open a window containing download links to several myViewBoard programs.
  3. Select and download the correct installer for your platform.
  4. Run the installer, and wait for the installation to finish.


For more details, see Installing Whiteboard for Windows.

Launch Whiteboard for Windows

Sign in to Whiteboard for Windows

myViewBoard for Windows sign-in panel

Launch myViewBoard and sign in with the same Google account, Microsoft account, or email account you used for myViewBoard.com.

  • Sign In with Email
  1. Provide your email and password.
  2. Click  .
  • Sign In With Google Or Microsoft
  1. Click one of the following:
    • Sign in with Google
    • Sign in with Microsoft
  2. Provide your email and password.

It is also possible to sign in using the QR code feature of the myViewBoard Companion App.

  • Sign In With QR Code
  1. Launch the myViewBoard™ Companion App on your mobile device.
  2. Sign in using an email address.
  3. Click the QR Code icon to open the phone’s camera.
  4. Position the phone so that the QR code displayed on the myViewBoard for Windows program is inside the QR ‘scanner’ of the companion app.

If you signed up with a Google or Microsoft account and you need to use the Companion App:

  1. Go to http://myViewBoard.com.
  2. Click your avatar, and click Change Password.
  3. Specify a password, and click Confirm.
  4. Sign in using the Companion App.

Customize the myViewBoard Canvas

Background menu options

Use the background menu to change the canvas background.

  1. Click the background menu icon.
  2. Select a background from the following sources:

    Website Upload Off.pngFollowMe AI setting
    Displays custom images uploaded in the cloud storage account.Edu-Color.pngColor Palette
    Sets a solid or gradient color as the background.
  3. BuiltIn BG Off.pngPre-installed
    Displays backgrounds that come pre-installed with myViewBoard.LocalAdd BG Off.pngLocal hard drive
    Use images from the user’s hard drive.
  4. AddBackground Off.pngSelect Image
    Select images from the local hard drive to use as background.
    It is recommended that selected images match your screen’s resolution.
  5. After selection, specify if the background is only applied to the current page, or to all pages.
  6. (Optional) To display an overlay over the canvas, click one of the options below:
    Grid Off.pngGrid
    Displays a grid over the canvas. The color of the grid changes depending on the background color.
  7. Watermark Off.pngConfidential
    Displays a ‘confidential’ watermark. The watermark may not be visible on certain background colors.
  8. DateTime Off.pngDate Time
    Displays the current date and time on the upper side of the canvas. Click the date to open the calendar.
    Click the time to switch between 12-hour and 24-hour formats.

Configuring Whiteboard for Windows Settings

To modify settings within Whiteboard for Windows, click the gear icon on the titlebar. Changes are applied immediately.

Setting Off.png

Gear
Settings that affect the current session. The most relevant settings are:

  • Theme. Load different themes to change the icons and default backgrounds available
  • Language. Changes the language used by the UI
  • Text font. Configure default font for the Text tool
  • Text to speech setting. Configure default text-to-speech settings
ScreenSaver Off.png

Timeout
Specify how long the Whiteboard for Windows program should wait before it logs the current user out.

App Off.png

Companion App download
Displays QR codes for downloading the myViewBoard Companion Apps.

Help Off.png

Help
Displays help for common myViewBoard tasks and questions.

About off.png

Info
Displays version details for the myViewBoard Whiteboard for Windows program.

To configure more settings, sign in to myViewBoard.com and go to the FollowMe page.

For more information on the settings screen, see Configuring myViewBoard Settings.

Using myViewBoard

Once set up is complete, you can start using the myViewBoard application to facilitate the preparation, presentation, and participation in interactive lessons.

Adding Text with Writing Tools

Some of the images are animated. Click on the images to view the animation.

  • Using the text tool to insert text. Click the Text icon to type in text. Use the text editor to change the font, size and color of the text.
  • Using Handwriting recognition. To convert handwritten text into ‘typed’ text, use the handwriting recognition feature. The feature works both on single words and complete sentences.
  • Use the Magic Box to insert long strings of text. To insert long snippets of text, click the magic box and insert a TXT file from a local or cloud resource.
  • Sticky notes can contain text or freehand drawings. For text intended to function as hints, use sticky notes. Sticky notes minimize to a small square that expand when clicked.
  • Using the marker pen. Use the pen to write words on the canvas.

Inserting Images, Videos and Documents

The Magic Box provides access to various resources that you can insert into the canvas.

The Magic Box provides access to various resources that you can insert into the canvas.

  • Use the Magic Box to insert image, videos and document types saved in the user’s local drive or cloud storage account. Double-click, or drag-and-drop to insert.
  • Click the Magic Box and open the YouTube icon. Search for a video and drag a video from the results.
  • Click the camera icon to start and display a live stream directly on the canvas.
  • Use the Embed browser to search for images, then drag-and-drop images from the browser onto the canvas.
The Embed Browser is a built in web browser which allows access to internet sites without leaving the myViewBoard program.

The Embed Browser is a built in web browser which allows access to internet sites without leaving the myViewBoard program.

  • Open the Embed browser, and click the myViewBoard Clips tile. Search for a video, then double-click, or drag-and-drop the video to insert.
  • On the Floating toolbar, click the paste icon to paste clipboard contents onto the canvas. This works for all supported files.

Taking Screenshots

  • Use the options in the Screenshot toolbar to take a picture of the current canvas state.
  • Use the Windows toggle tool to display and take screenshots of the Windows desktop.
  • To take a screenshot of a video inserted into the canvas, click the screenshot icon on the floating frame.

Inserting Shapes and Scribbles

  • Use the pen tool to draw freehand shapes.
  • Use the shape tool to insert 2D and 3D shapes.

Manipulating Objects

Additional edits can be made to the object once it has been placed on the canvas. Select the selection tool, then click on an object to apply additional effects:

  • To re-size and rotate the object, use the handlebars.
  • To move the object, click then drag the object to a new location. Use the infinite canvas tool to adjust the zoom.

The adorning menu provides additional options:

  • Adjust Layers to place the selected object under or above other objects.
  • Select multiple objects, then click Group so the objects move as one.
  • Select an object, then click Lock from the adorning menu to prevent the object from moving.

Adding Animation

  • Click the Magic Box and select widgets. Widgets are animated images that can be added to the canvas. Widgets can include both sound and animation. To hear the sounds, verify that the device speakers are turned on.
  • Also in the Magic Box are Tools, which are interactive objects that can enhance any presentation. To use an item in Tools, double click, or click and drag onto the canvas.
  • Click the Spin and Fade icons to add animation effects to inserted objects.

Click Links to make the selected object perform an action when clicked. Actions include: open a document, launch a website, display a pop-up text, play a media file, insert a tool, or go to another page. Click the object, then click the link icon to perform the action.

Organizing Pages

Presentations, ideas and lessons are best presented using multiple pages. To add another page:

  • On the floating toolbar, click the new page icon.
  • On the main toolbar, click the page management icon, and click the new page icon.

If there are more than 4 pages, click the Grid view icon to show all pages in a grid.

  • To delete a page, click the delete page icon.
  • To rename a page, click the page number and type in a page name
  • To rearrange pages, click and drag pages to a new location on the grid.

Saving Changes and Loading Saved Files

To save your changes:

  1. On the main toolbar, click the File management icon.
  2. Click the Save icon.
  3. Select the save location and specify a file name.
  4. myViewBoard saves the file using the vboard extension.

Presenting to an Audience

To load a previously saved file:

  1. On the main toolbar, click the File management icon.
  2. Click the Open icon.
  3. Locate and click the vboard file to open.


After opening the file, go to Presentation mode. Once Presentation Mode is selected:

  • The canvas covers the whole screen
  • The Windows task bar and the title bar is hidden
  • Only the Next and Previous icons are shown on the Floating Toolbar

Click the Next and Previous icons to navigate between the pages. All features are still available. However, fewer options are provided for some features.

To exit Presentation mode, click the Presentation mode icon again.

Letting the Audience Interact with the Content

myViewBoard provides several ways for the audience to interact with the content:

  • The host can have participants use the drawing tools to annotate on the board.
  • Both host and participants can share their screens.
  • Participants can “throw” content to the host’s myViewBoard presentation.
  • The Pop Quiz feature allows participants to send answers to the host.


myViewBoard Whiteboard for Windows supports keyboard shortcuts to switch tools or perform other actions. For a list of keyboard shortcuts, click here.

Additional Learning Resources

To search online for additional inspiration for courses, activities and lesson plans, see Open Source Education Resources.

To get more information on how to use Whiteboard for Windows, visit the myViewBoard wiki at the following link:

Help and Support

For help and support, kindly contact the following:


If you have any issues on using myViewBoard software, please reach out through the following channels:

Note that you need to sign in to use myViewBoard Support and myViewBoard Community.


To learn more about myViewBoard, check the following resources:


For a quick description of these resource, see here.

Google Classroom Essential Tips & Tricks

What Can You Do with Google Classroom?

Google features and benefits (Quick Overview of the Google Classroom Features)

  • Teachers can add students directly or share a code with their class to join.
  • Teachers can add co-teachers. Google Classroom helps teachers organize, distribute, and collect student classwork and homework paperlessly. 
  • Teachers can seamlessly integrate Google Drive resources to create and share activities.Receive notifications when assignments are turned in on time or late. 
  • Teachers can provide feedback for in-progress and completed work,Communicate with their students directly and with whole class announcements–all without using a single piece of paper.
  • Use the Google Classroom App to annotate PDF files on their mobile device.  
  • Connect due dates to a shareable Google Calendar connected to classroom
  • Post poll questions and exit slips.
  • Create and facilitate online discussions.
  • Create drafts & copy posts from different classrooms (Including archived classes. )
  • Connect selected web apps and resources directly Classroom. 
  • Connect parents to Google Classroom with Guardian Summaries.
  • Tag posts with customizable topics. 
  • Schedule assignment posts in advance. 
  • Differentiate work by sharing posts with specific students.

A Collection of Google Classroom Essential Tips

Google Classroom Essential Tip 1: Teacher and Student Views It is important to understand both the teacher and student view of Google Classroom. Teachers signing into Classroom for the first time should sign-up as a teacher. Teachers can create sample classes and invite other teachers as students. This will help teachers to better understand the student view. Google Classroom also creates a Google Drive folder for both teachers and students.   

Google Classroom Essential Tip 2: Assignment Options Google Classroom supports different sharing options and it is important to understand the different Sharing Options in Google Drive before venturing too deeply in Google Classroom. Teachers also have the ability to assign an activity to all students or differentiate the distribution by choosing students or groups of students.   

Google Classroom Essential Tip 3: Workflow Understanding the workflow of distributing and collecting assignments for both the student and the teacher is essential.  Learn more about workflow with this Google Classroom Workflow Explanation

Google Classroom Essential Tip 4: Share to Classroom Extension The Share to Classroom Extension allows teachers to share websites directly to Google Classroom or directly with students.   

Google Classroom Essential Tip 5: About Section The ‘About’ section of Classroom is the place to share resources and links that students will use frequently. This is a great place to organize frequently used digital resources without losing them in the stream.   

Google Classroom Essential Tip 6: Archiving Classes When ending or starting a new year or semester, it is best practice to archive last year’s classes to preserve the class materials, any assignments, and any postings to the class stream. Reusing an existing class with new students can be a confusing experience. You can still access the old class files in the Classroom Google Drive Folder, but the archived classes are moved to a separate area to help you keep your current classes organized. An archived class can still be viewed by you and the students in the class. Posts can be copied from archived classes. However, when the class is archived, you can’t edit or add anything to the class until you restore it. Additional Resource: Archive a Class Tutorial

Google Classroom Tip 7: File Naming Convention  Google Classroom will keep the Google Drive name of the attached file. If the option of giving a copy to each student is used, then the student’s name will be added to the end of the document. Consistency in naming is an essential to help keep teachers and students organized. Try to use the same name for the drive file, classroom assignment post, and your grade book entry.

Google Classroom Tip 8: Assigning Work, Topics, and Scheduling Posts  Teachers can assign posts to specific students to allow for differentiation. Google Classroom allows teachers to organize post by topic. Students and teachers can then sort post by topics. Additionally, teachers can post in the stream immediately or schedule a post for a future day and time. Additional Resource: Organizing Your Class Stream Help

Google Classroom Tip 9: Grading Google Classroom creates a Google Drive (Called Classroom – It can be renamed.) folder for assignments created. Use these folders to quickly review and grade assignments turned in by students. You can view them in progress or after they have been turned in. 

Google Classroom Tip 10: Discussion Questions, Exit Slips, & Formative Assessments. Google Classroom allows teachers to post short-answer or multiple choice questions. Teachers have the ability to allow students to see each other’s responses so this feature can be used for classroom discussions. Additional Resource: Google Help –  Create a question

Google Classroom Tip 11: Guardian Summaries Teachers can facilitate communication with parents with Guardian Summaries. These daily or weekly email updates include missing work, upcoming work, and classroom activity.

Google Classroom Tip 12: Single View Student See a single view of a student’s work — Teachers and students now have a page that lists all of a student’s work for a class and the status of that work.  

Google Classroom Tip 13: Emoji in Titles and Topics Emoji’s are a great way to engage students and organize resources in Classroom. Google Classroom supports the use of emojis in topics and titles.

Google Classroom Tip 14: Turn Off Grade Calculation If You Have a separate online gradebook set “Grade calculation” to “No overall grade” in the Google Classroom Settings. This will avoid confusion if an assessment or assignment is added to the separate online gradebook but not in Google Classroom. Learn more about this setting here

We provide free training to Education institution on Google Classroom Beginners course. If you wish to train your teachers on Google Classroom for distance teaching purpose, please connect with us on this link.

DIY - how to create assignments in Google Classroom?

How to Create Assignments and Quizzes in Google Classroom?

Do iT Yourself Guide on how to create assignments in Google Classroom?

Keeping your students engaged and learning at home is important to make sure they don’t fall behind. Also, it’s important that your students are familiar with this platform before creating your first assignment. We recommend setting aside time for a class tutorial on Google Classroom before diving in head first. 

How to Create an Assignment

To create an assignment in Google Classroom, follow the steps below:

  1. Navigate to your Google Classroom. 
  2. Choose the particular class you’ll be assigning this work to. Then click “Classwork”.
  3. At the top of the page, you’ll see a button labeled “Create”. Click “Create”. 
  4. A drop-down menu will appear. Choose “Assignment”. 

From here, you will be able to easily create coursework for your entire class. On this page, you can give your assignment a title and include details that explain how to successfully complete it. You can also easily add attachments (like rubrics, visual aids, and helpful examples) from your Google Drive or desktop that could be helpful to your class. 

Additionally, teachers have the option to post a new assignment to more than one class. To do this, choose “Class” in the upper right-hand corner, and a drop-down menu will appear displaying all of your available classes.

Teachers can also choose to assign tasks only to certain students. Select “All Students”, and a drop-down menu will appear that will allow you to: assign to all students, assign to certain small groups, or assign only to select students. 

Next, before submitting this assignment to your class, add a grade category and choose a point value. To choose a grade category, simply choose either “Test”, “Quiz”, or “Homework” from the grade category drop-down menu. For this example, we chose “Homework”. 

To give your assignment a point value, simply enter a new value in the “Points” drop-down menu on the right hand side of your assignment screen. Please note that all assignments will be set to 100 points by default, so be sure to double check this portion before submitting. 

Finally, teachers should assign a due date for students before giving coursework over to them. In Google Classroom, no assignment will have a due date by default; you must add this. Giving a due date to your assignment is easy: just click the drop-down menu under “Due” in the right hand side of your screen. From here, you can choose a date and time from the calendar that will appear. If students do not turn in their assignment before your chosen date and time, it will automatically be marked “Missing” in your Google Classroom. 

How to Create a Quiz

Creating a quiz in Google Classroom is similar to creating an assignment. Quizzes utilize Google Forms, which makes navigating digital quizzes easy for students. To create a quiz in Google Classroom, follow the steps below:

  1. Navigate to your Google Classroom. 
  2. Choose the particular class you’ll be assigning this work to. Then click “Classwork”.
  3. At the top of the page, you’ll see a button labeled “Create”. Click “Create”. 
  4. A drop-down menu will appear. Choose “Quiz assignment”. 

Once you’ve followed our steps above, you can enter the necessary information for completing this quiz. We also recommend turning on “Lock Mode” so that your students are unable to open additional web pages while taking a quiz. To do this, simply move the toggle labeled “Locked Mode on Chromebooks” to the “On” position. Additionally, you can automatically import your quiz grades to your grade books by moving the toggle labeled “Grade Importing” to the “On” position. 

Teachers can also modify the class or students this quiz is assigned to, the total point value, and due date by following the same steps above for homework assignments. 

Educating the students of the world has its challenges, but teachers now face new unknowns teaching during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you have more questions about navigating Google Classroom, check out the Google Classroom Help Center for more information.For additional classroom management resources for teachers, head to our teacher training resources page to learn all about what we’re doing to help our educators and young learners navigate their distance learning programs.

How to set up Virtual Classrooms?

How to implement Virtual Classrooms?

How to set up a Virtual Classroom, explained in detailed steps?

As the world readjusts to the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re all establishing new ways of working for the foreseeable future. Virtual classrooms can be easy to set up, depending on how minimal you want to be with your online teaching presence.Before we get going with the implementation of Virtual Classrooms, lets understand how does it benefit Educators like you. The goal of a virtual classroom is to get students to be active learners in an online classroom and to let them “invent” their own knowledge. As students take more control of their learning, they develop the skills necessary to go on and be successful lifelong learners.

What is studio teaching?

Studio teaching is an approach to teaching that can be used to replace the standard lecture approach. It is based on sound pedagogical principles, is very flexible and leads to superior learning in most instances.

Why is this good pedagogy?

  • Studio classrooms provide a dynamic learning environment where students and instructors work as partners to promote learning
  • Active learning, including cooperative learning and group activities, is the most efficient way to promote student learning, and especially to develop higher order thinking skills.
  • While actively engaged, students develop good habits of the mind and the skills needed to be successful lifelong learners.
  • Studio teaching engages students
  • Studio classrooms are ideal for helping students think about their learning and develop better lifelong learning skills.

What are the components required to build a Studio Classroom?

  • An Interactive Flat Panel Display (65” Diagonal Minimum)
  • A Robust Interactive teaching learning software (Myviewboard Learning Software) which can help the teachers to connect with students over the internet and share the lesson content in a virtual classroom mode.
  • A good Video recording Camera (These days any SMARTPhone camera comes with a minimum 20 Megapixels Lens)
  • A Tripod
  • A Microphone (wired or wireless)
  • A Computer (Desktop or Laptop)

What do students think about studio classrooms?

  • Students are more engaged in a collaborative live class, when they find out they can attend a class and participate in the class activities as they would be in a physical classroom
  • All students report they put in more time in an interactive live class than in a video shared class.
  • Most students, however, do catch on and in the end say that they learn more and have more fun in a studio classroom.

Studio Classrooms are becoming widely accepted by Teachers and Education authorities, as it allows the teachers to teach lessons in their natural way and be able to interact & Collaborate with their students. For the students, it gives them the opportunity to attend the class very similar to their regular classes and able to interact, collaborate and participate in the lesson activities in a virtual LIVE class. At the same time, the teachers will be able to record their entire class teaching and post it to Google Classroom or similar LMS for reinforcement, student discussions and assignments.

Traditional education won’t go away, but as the years roll on, the importance (and impact) of virtual classrooms will be more and more noticeable. They create completely new possibilities and connect people on a deeper, more meaningful level, which is extremely useful in the world of education. With the growing consumption of online content through mobile phones, faster and further reaching internet connections and new, unknown technology, we will see exciting developments in education. One thing is absolutely clear, though: virtual classrooms are here to stay and we should use them to their full potential.

Our Virtual Classrooms, powered by Interactive Flat Panel Display and Virtual Classroom Software, are available to rent under various agreements to suit your needs. You may need to run an hour’s training for a small group or a whole week’s worth of training for a larger group.Fully supported by us from a technology perspective, this is your next best option to face to face training.

We are the supplier of state of the art virtual classroom infrastructure for some of the biggest Education Institutions in South India, for over 10 years. To Learn more about Studio Classrooms and how Education Institutions like yours, have been benefited in the recent times, connect with our Education Technology Consultants on this link.

Active learning strategies for teachersa

The Next Big Thing in Student Engagement

As a teacher, one of your biggest challenges is to plan lessons that inspire your students to stay actively involved in the learning process.But you’ve probably noticed that traditional, teacher-centered learning plans aren’t always conducive to achieving that inspiration.That’s where active learning strategies come into play. You can use them to empower, engage, and stimulate a classroom by putting students at the center of the learning process.Get inspired by the below mentioned strategies that will help students talk more openly, think more creatively and ultimately become more engaged in the process of learning.

Reciprocal questioning

Use reciprocal questioning to encourage an open dialogue in which students take on the role of the teacher and create their own questions about a topic, reading section, or lesson.

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After covering a topic of your choice in class — or after assigning a reading selection — divide the class into pairs or small groups and have students come up with a few questions for discussion with the rest of the class. To facilitate the process, you can provide students with “question stems,” which provide a foundation for a question but still require students to think critically about a lesson, text, or other section of material by completing the query. Consider the examples below.

Comprehension Question StemsConnector Question Stems
Describe x in your own words. What does y mean? Why is z important? How could x be used to y?Explain how x and why z. In what ways are x and y similar? In what ways are x and y different? How does x tie in with that we learned before?

Use these questions to anchor and explore concepts in course material, helping students investigate a range of new topics and points of view associated with your lesson.

Reciprocal questioning can be particularly useful when:

  • Preparing for tests or exams
  • Introducing a new topic or section of course content
  • Discussing reading or writing materials in greater detail

The pause procedure

Use the pause procedure to intersperse strategic pauses into your Online class lectures and enhance student understanding of teaching materials.

To use the pause procedure, arrange for pauses of two to three minutes between every 10 to 15 minutes of online lecture time.  During these brief breaks, encourage students to discuss or rework their notes in pairs to clarify key points covered, raise questions, and solve problems posed by the instructor.Alternatively, students can work together to write a paragraph that connects or highlights key ideas set out in their partner’s notes. Research on this topic, concluded that breaking a lecture into brief pauses can increase student attention and learning outcomes. The pause procedure, the study determined, is “a good active learning strategy which helps students review their notes, reflect on them, discuss and explain the key ideas with their partners.”The use of the pause procedure involves a minimal amount of extra time, but can confer significant benefits in comparison to lectures that continue without breaks.

To help teachers achieve this strategy, we are offering myviewboard virtual classroom teaching learning software for free during this pandemic. You may choose to apply for your Institution by clicking this link.

Game-based learning platforms

Game-based learning platforms add depth and differentiation to the educational process and allow students to work with their instructors to achieve their learning objectives.

Regardless of your audience or subject matter, the gamification of learning can help you to create exciting, educational, and entertaining content in your Online Classrooms. It’s not meant to turn work into a game, but it does play on the psychology that drives human engagement.

Take yourself back to the days when you “played out” in the street with childhood friends. Each game you played presented a challenge but you were driven by the promise of reward and perhaps a little gentle fear. The reward meant everything to you and in spite of the challenge and fear, you felt compelled to win.

Gamification in e-learning offers the opportunity for learners to engage with content in an effective, informal learning environment. If learners get excited about learning, they are more likely to retain information. Some of the tools that you may want to incorporate into your classrooms are listed below.

To learn more about Active learning strategies, do write to our Education Consultants at training@c3itxperts.com or Click here to connect with you at your convenience.