Classroom Instruction tools
Super easy to set up and use, classroom.cloud provides cloud-based classroom instruction tools to support classroom and remote learners – making it the perfect solution for delivering blended learning in any environment. It’s range of real-time instruction, assessment, collaboration and monitoring tools allow for learning to occur synchronously or asynchronously – making it easy for teachers and students to flex according to their needs.
Easy to use
One of the biggest issues with technology adoption is how easy something is for teachers to use in the classroom. Not with classroom.cloud! It’s designed, tried, and tested with teachers, to ensure its simple-to-use interface makes delivering teaching activities easy. Want to open up a specific web page for your learners in a few simple clicks? You’ve got it! Want to see what your students are up to on an easy-to-view dashboard? It’s right here! classroom.cloud also make supporting students with disabilities easy too, check out how here.
Teach and learn – from anywhere!
One thing we’ve learned from the pandemic is that schools need edtech tools to flex with different learning environments. So classroom.cloud leverages the power of the cloud, meaning that whether your students are down the corridor, in your classroom, learning remotely, or a hybrid of any of those combinations, learning can still continue.
Quickly connect to your class
No stress, hassle, or time wasted… teachers can connect to students’ devices quickly and easily – within minutes!
To create a new class (usually set up by the IT team), there is a choice of options including pre-defined Device Group, Device Name, Student Email, and classroom.cloud’s Class Code. classroom.cloud also syncs with Microsoft SDS and Teams classes, Google Classroom, Clever and ClassLink, and so classes can be pulled into classroom.cloud based on the SIS login details used by the teacher.
If using Google Classroom or Microsoft SDS, the account photo for each student can be imported to show in the Teacher Console. This can help the teacher to identify students when instructing.
With Class Code, teachers can even add a student to the class or create a new class altogether on the fly. Simply send a unique 6-character code to the student/s, and they enter the matching code to connect their device/s to the class. It’s that easy!
Within the Classes Settings, you can edit the pre-defined list of Subjects currently supplied, and add your own to suit your school’s needs. You can also now filter your list of classes (in the My Classes tab) by last used, subject and connection type, making it easier to find and launch your selected class.
Show and explain…
Learning is easier when students can see and hear the teacher clearly, so classroom.cloud includes screen and audio sharing. Teachers can choose to share their entire screen, an individual application window, and/or a specific Chrome tab with all connected student devices – plus use their audio feed to speak directly to students.
This makes explanations more visual and easier to grasp, and incredibly useful if students have difficulty seeing or reading the projector screen (for example) from their seat, or if you want to avoid students crowding around one screen.
Monitor and control to maximize learning
With classroom.cloud, teachers can be everywhere at once! Using the thumbnail view, the teacher can see the screens of all the students in the class – whether they’re sitting in front of them, in the room down the corridor, or learning remotely.
The students can continue with their work while the teacher virtually ‘patrols’ the classrooms, monitoring what they’re typing, who they’re collaborating with, what websites and applications they’re using – all in real time to ensure they’re on task.
Status indicators on each student’s thumbnail also give you additional real-time information such as: how many ‘rewards’ you have assigned to the student during the class; whether the student has a current request for help needing attention; if a teacher-student chat session is in progress; if the student screen is locked; if any of the device control options are enabled (block USBs, webcam, and mute sound); and, Wi-Fi/battery health indicators. You can also use the ‘Change View’ icon to switch the view to see it in Icons or Details mode.
Handy shortcuts such as right-clicking (when in Thumbnail, Icon and Details view) allows you to access shortcuts to the most commonly used teacher features such as lock/unlock and rewards. With a Ctrl+A keyboard combination, you can also quickly select all student thumbnails. You can also right-click on a student when using any of the features to quickly access ‘Chat’, ‘Watch’ and ‘Remove student from class’ options.
Need to take a closer look? Either adjust the thumbnail sizes or use the ‘Watch Mode’ to zoom in on an individual student’s screen and discreetly view what they are working on or to take a screenshot of the student’s screen.
Plus, you can even remote control a student’s screen to remedy any activity not relevant to the task and even use Windows key shortcuts/commands. A ‘screenshot’ button, enables you to grab a real-time screenshot of the remote screen, and the image will be date and time stamped and include the student’s name.
Every student has a voice
Check in with a student and see how they’re getting on by using the Chat tool – handy for teachers to give assistance without distracting others who are working. It’s also a great way to give every student a voice and allow them to interact with the teacher, since both the teacher and the student can initiate a chat. You can also copy the chat session so you can keep a permanent record of it.
Sometimes, teachers need to send a quick message to all/selected students. It may be an instruction or a reminder to save work before the end of the lesson, for example. Using the attention-grabbing message tool, you can communicate with students instantly!
Assess and give feedback
Closing the feedback loop in a timely fashion is super important to the process of teaching and learning, and with classroom.cloud’s survey tool, you can gauge understanding and address misconceptions as they occur. Create new surveys or use your saved ones and send them to all/selected students – perfect for personalizing learning to suit different levels and closing any learning gaps.
Keep students on their toes by using the ‘Random Select mode’ which selects students at random to answer the question. This is also a great way to ensure students feel they are being selected fairly.
In addition, reinforce good behavior, correct answers, and great pieces of work with ‘Rewards’. During a lesson, you can give individual students a star for achievement, which is reflected in their toolbar and visible on the teacher’s screen when mousing over the student’s thumbnail.
It’s all about marginal gains to help maximize lesson time. With classroom.cloud, you can create ‘allowed’ and ‘restricted’ website and application lists, ensuring your students can only access relevant and appropriate websites and apps during class – keeping them on task and working efficiently.
You can also monitor the websites and applications your students are using, making it easy to spot any that they shouldn’t be, and add it to the restricted list.
You can even save precious time by launching a website or application directly on your students’ devices by simply double-clicking on any URL or app in the managed list. Instantly, all your students are looking at the right thing, and there’s no time wasted waiting for them to open/navigate to the page/app – which, as we all know, can take forever!
Controlling the use of USBs on the students’ devices is also a useful tool to keep students on task. With classroom.cloud, you can either allow or block USB use during lesson time.
Lesson information for students
The Student Toolbar is a handy place for students to access all their lesson details, from viewing the lesson objectives and learning outcomes (if provided by the teacher), to seeing which websites and applications are approved for the current lesson. It also shows the number of star rewards they have received, and provides access to the chat and help request features – students have it all right there in front of them!
Power off devices
In these energy-conscious times, switching off unused devices is a no-brainer. So, we’ve added a Power Management tool into the teacher’s console where you can use the three new icons on the teacher toolbar to Power Off, Restart or Log off class devices – either individually, a selected number, or all at once – perfect for the end of the school day. Technicians can also access these features from the Devices List or Inventory.