Virtual Classroom Online Whiteboard Tools

The online 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 Virtual Classroom online whiteboard tools.

The interactive whiteboard tools in the virtual classroom
A list of all the Whiteboard tools in the virtual classroom room

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.

To select objects on the whiteboard, click on the select tool (Mouse), then on the element you want  to edit. Once you have selected the element you will see markers for resizing and rotating. You can use this both for files you have imported on the whiteboard, as well as objects you have created using one of the other Virtual Classroom online whiteboard tools.

Select objects on the whiteboard
Use the Select tool in order to move and edit an object on the whiteboard

The pan tool (Pan) allows you to move the whiteboard in order to see all of the objects in the room more clearly. The whiteboard has no specific borders and you can move around it infinitely in any direction. The part of the dashboard you can see at any time is only limited by your screen resolution.

The brush tool  (Brush) aids the tutor in sketching objects on the whiteboard, e.g. in sketching lines, rectangles, circles, ellipses, etc. Additionally, you can use this tool with a graphics tablet.

Use the brush tool to draw on the whiteboard
Use the brush too in order to draw on the whiteboard

The pointer tool (Pointer) aids the tutor in highlighting a part of a text or a picture he or she may have on the whiteboard. The trail of the pointer tool dissolves after a few seconds and does not stay permanently. This makes it an excellent short-term highlighting tool, which doesn’t create clutter.

Use the Pointer tool in order to highlight an object in the whiteboard
Draw your participants’ attention to a specific object on the whiteboard by using the Pointer tool

The system also has a convenient text editor tool that allows simultaneous writing and editing by many participants.

To use it select the text tool (Text). Make sure it is selected (Text) and then click with the mouse on the canvas where you want the text to appear – this opens the text editor.

Use the Text too to write on the board
You can also copy and paste any text in the text editor

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.

NOTE: Тo edit other participants’ text elements you need to have the permission to Edit Whiteboard Objects.

Edit a text on the whiteboard by double clicking on it
To edit an existing text double-click on it with the mouse to open the Text Editor

 

The line tool (Line) aids the tutor in drawing straight lines onto the whiteboard. You can use the line tool to underline a certain portion of text or build a geometric shape with several mouse gestures.

Draw lines and geometric figures with the Line tool
Use the line tool for creating geometric figures

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.

Select a pre-defined element from the Shape Library
The shape library provides a number of pre-defined elements you may use during your lessons

Select element fill color (Element fill color) – select the element and then choose from the Fill Color Palette.

Choose element stroke color (Stroke color) – select the element and then choose from the Stroke color palette.

Change element stroke width (Stroke Width) – select the element and then choose the Stroke width.

Change the colours of the objects on the whiteboard
Change the fill color and the outline color of the selected objects

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.

The grid tool will let you create graphs
Use the grid tool for creating graphs in the center of the whiteboard

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.

Duplicate / Copy element – select the element(s) and right-click Copy (Ctrl+C) then Paste (Ctrl+V) or select the Duplicate tool  (Duplicate) that creates duplicate element right next to the original.

Duplicate elements on the whiteboard
Duplicate objects on the whiteboard

You can also use standard desktop shortcuts, such as: Ctrl+A (Select All), Ctrl+C (Copy), Ctrl+V (Paste), Ctrl+X (Cut)
Delete element (Trashcan)  – there are several ways to delete elements. Select the element(s) and press the Delete button or right-click and select “Delete”. You can also use the keyboard buttons Del and Backspace.

Remove elements from the whiteboard
Remove objects from the whiteboard

 

 

 

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