The whiteboard is the primary interactive element of the virtual classroom. It’s a white background where you can upload files, draw a variety of shapes, type text and basically do anything you would on a standard classroom whiteboard. In order to make all that possible, the whiteboard comes with a variety of tools, which allow you to create and modify items, as well as modify your view depending on your needs. Below is a table detailing all of the available whiteboard tools.
The following tools are visible only when you select an object with the Select tool.
We will continue with a breakdown of the above tools, their functions and tips on utilizing them on the whiteboard.
The system also has a convenient text editor tool that allows simultaneous writing and editing by many participants.
Now you can start writing text and it will appear on the canvas at the same time. Everyone who has access to see the whiteboard will read while you type. When ready, click the Done button or Minimize the box.
To edit an existing text double-click on it with the mouse to open the Text Editor.
NOTE: Тo edit other participants’ text elements you need to have the permission to Edit Whiteboard Objects.
The Rectangle/Square tool (Rectangle/Square) allows you to create rectangles, squares or free hand rectangles. The free hand function means that you can simply sketch the outlines of a rectangle as if using the brush tool and it will be automatically converted into a rectangle with the same dimensions. (Rectangle/Square)
The Ellipse tool (Ellipse) allows you to create ellipses, circles. As with the rectangle tool above, this tool also offers a free hand drawing option. (Circle/Ellipse)
The pre-defined shapes tool (Shape library) allows you to tap into a library of pre-defined shapes, which you may use in your lessons.
You can zoom in or out on the whiteboard using the combination Alt+Mouse Scroll or via the magnifying glass tools: (Zoom In/Zoom Out)
You can go back to the whiteboard’s default view using the Center Canvas tool: (Center Canvas)
This brings you back to the center of the whiteboard where you start out by default. It is useful if you’ve moved far from the center while using the pan tool and want to go back.
The Grid tool (Grid) can be used to apply a grid to the whiteboard and is useful if you’re teaching mathematics or economics, for example.
Undo (Undo) Step back in drawing (50 steps limit) only available with the permission to Edit All Objects
Redo (Redo) Step forward in drawing (50 steps limit) only available with the permission to Edit All Objects
Private elements (Padlock) When this is locked, new elements created by you are private and only visible to you.
Up next, we’ll have a look at the way to organize your whiteboard content using pages.
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