System Requirements for Whiteboard:
I. The latest version of one of the supported web browsers:
• Mozilla Firefox
• Google Chrome
• Apple Safari
II. Broadband Internet connection.
III. Pop-up blockers should be disabled.
Our website uses pop-ups for important features. Blocking pop-ups will disable such features, making it impossible to smoothly use our service. You can choose to allow our website to use pop-ups, and block all others, by adding www.eduboard.com to the list of allowed sites.
IV. To effectively use our Whiteboard technology you will need:
• Java Runtime Environment (for screen sharing).
• Adobe Flash (for sound).
• Speakers (or headphones) along with microphone. Alternatively, you can use a headset.
Table of contents:I. Toolbar II. General Controls III. Other Controls IV. Video Player Mode
This platform offers you more than just an easy way to get instant answers to your questions. It offers a smart way to facilitate your learning and, more importantly, enjoy the learning itself. Eduboard team implements modern techniques and methods as well as an individual approach, interactivity, flexible tutoring system and Whiteboard online teaching facilities to make your learning experience unforgettable.
Whiteboard offers you:
- Easy and effective voice and text chat
- Whiteboard tools to write and draw naturally
- Formula and text editor to advance your math
- Drag and drop files upload
- In-house screensharing facilities
When you start working with Whiteboard, it looks like this:
In the right corner, there is the toolbar:
1. Select – helps you select and move objects on the board.
2. Pencil – draws curved lines on top of other figures and pencils. You can delete the pencil using the rubber. You can also choose the thickness and color of lines.
3. Rubber – can erase pencil only. You can choose the size of the line.
4. Line – helps you draw a straight line from one point to another. You can choose the line thickness, line color, start and end points of the line and line order.
Arrow – helps you draw arrows and allows you to resize them. You can choose the line thickness, line color, start and end points of the line, and end of arrow’s head.
Polyline – allows you to draw broken lines on the specified points. To complete the input lines, double-click or hold press (for touchscreen devices). After creating the figure, you can change its overall size. There are eight controls for the overall size. Also, you can choose the line thickness, line color and rotation.
Curve – draws a curved line through the points. To complete the input line, you double-click or hold press (for touchscreen devices). After creating the figure, you can change its overall size. There are eight controls for the overall size. Also, you can choose the line thickness, line color and rotation.
5. Rectangle – helps you draw rectangles and squares. A rectangle is drawn by setting the area in which it should be placed. In order to draw a square, hold down “Shift” while drawing. To save the proportions of the rectangle or square, press and hold “Shift” while changing their size.
Ellipse – allows you to draw an ellipse or circle. To draw a circle, hold down “Shift” while drawing. Also, hold “Shift” while resizing a figure for saving its proportions. There are eight overall sizes of rotation and order. You can choose the line thickness, line color and fill color.
Polygon – helps you draw a polygon from given points. To complete the entry points on board, double-click or hold press (for touchscreen devices).
6. Image – downloads files and seeks to interpret them as pictures. If a file does not download, you will get an error message.
7. Document – downloads files and tries to interpret them as a set of pages. Document is displayed on a separate board. You can draw and write on each page. The number of the board containing the document will have blue tint.
Text documents: doc, docx, odt, pdf, pages, xps, rtf, sxw, sdw 5.0, txt, html
Table documents: xls, xlsx, sdc
Presentations: ppt, pptx, sdd 5.0, sxi
Other: psd, ttf, dfx, svg, eps, ps, tif, ai 9.0 +
8. Graph – this tool helps create a separate board with special graph controls. Graphs are built with the help of formulas, which are entered into the upper right corner of the board. You can add, edit and delete formulas. Graphs can zoom in and out by scrolling mouse wheel or touchscreen devices. Center coordinates can shift by dragging. Also, you can add or remove formulas. Click the button “+” to add a new function.
If you want to change a formula, use a formula box to rewrite it. Type the equation using * for multiplication, / for division and ^ for exponentiation. To type special characters, use "\name." For example, "\sqrt" yields v and \pi produces a ?. If you want to type Greek symbols, just copy these symbols from Word, Wikipedia, etc. and paste into the formula. The number of the board containing the graph will have orange tint.
9. Text – helps you add new text onto the board. Text boundaries can be set in two modes to the edges of the board and in reference dimension.
After entering the text, click on text-free space on the board to save it. To start and finish editing, double-click or hold press (for touchscreen devices). Also, you can choose the size, text color, rotation and order of text.
10. Equation - starts the formula editor. After selecting the tool "Equation," click on the board and the formula editor will start. After entering the formula, click “Ok” to save it or “Cancel” to cancel any updates and close the Editor. After creating a formula, you can change its size without changing its proportions.
11. Axis – creates a new axis, which you can move and drag around the board. Angular controls resize axes, keeping relative axes center.
With lateral controls, you can change axes size, keeping absolute axes center. To change angular size, hold down “Shift.” Axis will keep its proportions, while resizing by lateral controls will change only the length of the element.
Also, you can choose the thickness, color, lines and shift axes center.
Advanced Axis – is pretty much the same as the usual axis except for supplemented boundaries and signatures for graph axis. Changing axes boundaries graph will be automatically redrawn according to the prescribed limit.
Axes signatures and their boundaries can be changed by activating figure editing with double-click or hold press (for touchscreen devices). To finish editing, press once on the free board area or double-click (hold press) on the figure.
II. General Controls
1. Rotate – all planar figures (rectangle, ellipse, image, text, polygon and curve) have control rotation, dragging which can change the rotation angle of figures. Press and hold “Shift,” and rotation will be made angularly 45 degrees.
2. Ordering – all figures except pencil can change their location in relation to other figures in the following way:
- To back – behind all
- Backward – one position back
- Forward – one position forward
- To front – ahead all
Pencil can always be found ahead of other figures.
3. Delete – helps remove an active figure or a group of selected figures. You can remove a figure using keys "backspace" and "d".
III. Other Controls
1. Boards – clicking on the number of the page will open the board on this page. To remove the board, double-click or hold press (for touchscreen devices).
2. Undo – cancels the last action performed on this board. For each board, undo performs separately.
3. Redo – cancels last cancellation. Also, performs separately for each board.
4. Follow lead – by using this function, you automatically follow the tutor’s boards. If “Follow tutor tabs” was pressed by the tutor, you will receive an offer to use this function.
5. Create board – creates a new board room and switches it on immediately after creation.
6. Screen sharing – allows users at a remote computer to see what is happening on your screen.
You can minimize the program, turn off, pause or continue the sharing, and select a particular area of the screen you want to share. To display your screen to other members, create a new board panel "Screen-sharing." By turning this function on, in the bottom right corner of the board, you’ll be able to see the name of the user whose screen is being displayed.
If you are the one who is sharing the screen, you will not be able to see what is being displayed. When the screen-sharing is on, you will see a green indicator next to the name of the initiator.
Currently, users who use MacOS with Chrome browser cannot check out the Java version or what will be displayed to other members. However, you can try to start up screen-sharing.
7. Mic – enables user’s microphone. By turning it on an inquiry will appear about Flash access to the microphone. If inquiry is approved, user’s voice will be heard to all the participants in the room.
If this person is a tutor, his voice will be recorded and saved on our server. Then, you can listen to it using our classroom player.
8. Chat input – here, you can type a message and send it using the “Enter” key.
9. Attachments – switches right board’s panel between chat/attachments.
Add attachments – this field allows you to upload files to the classroom by clicking on it or dragging and dropping files.
Downloaded files appear in the list above. When other members in this classroom have uploaded files, you will be informed with a mark of "The number of unread files" near the “paper clip” icon.
Windows Safari currently does not have an option that would allow to download multiple files simultaneously.
IV. Video (player) Mode
1. Start/Pause – starts (updates) or pauses the playing lesson.
2. Speed – changes lesson’s playback speed for 2, 4 or 1. At speeds more than 1, audio will not be played.
3. Seek bar – allows the user to rewind the video to some particular point.
4. Chat and Attachments – are displayed at the end of the lesson and do not depend on playback time.
5. Follow lead – turns “Follow tutor tabs” on/off, i.e. change of boards in the same order as the lesson’s tutoring.