The Online Classroom is a built-in virtual learning space where Instructors and Students can meet one-on-one for sessions. It’s equipped with a variety of interactive learning tools to take your virtual tutoring sessions to another level.
Users: This article is for all users
The Pearl Online Classroom is a built-in virtual classroom equipped with a variety of interactive learning tools. Instructors and students can use the online classroom to meet one-on-one. Here are the top 5 things to know about the Online Classroom:
- The instructor controls which screen view or mode is used during the session (ie. drawing board, writing board, screen sharing, or video screen).
- It can only support one-on-one meetings. It does not facilitate group meetings.
- Only students and instructors can meet here. Admins cannot meet with Instructors using the online classroom.
- To host a session in the online classroom, Instructors or Admins will need to schedule the session to meet in the Online Classroom using the Pearl booking page.
Online Classroom Modes, Views, and Tools
The Instructor controls which screen view or mode to use and when to use them during the session. When the Instructor employs a screen view or mode, the Student will then be able to use that same screen from their end. The default screen view is Video Screen and the available screen modes are Writing Board, Drawing Board, and Screen Share.
Here is an example:
Megan (student) and Noraya (instructor) enter the Pearl Online Classroom for their session. Megan tries to click the Drawing Board mode, but it does not work because she is not the Instructor. Only Noraya can open the Drawing Board because she is the Instructor and therefore is in control of which screen view/modes are used during the session. When Noraya clicks the Drawing Board icon, Megan will be able to use the Drawing Board and interact with Noraya there.
Read more about the views and modes available in the Pearl Online Classroom in the sections below or skip ahead to the section you need.
Table of Contents
- Tech Checklist
- Video Screen
- Screen Share
- Image Capture
- Writing Board
- Drawing Board
- Session Timer
The Tech Checklist is the first page instructors and students encounter when they join their session in Pearl’s Online Classroom. This checklist will show them what Camera, Microphone, Speaker, System, and Network the Pearl Online Classroom system is receiving from their device. Instructors, parents, and students will be able to confirm the following before their session starts:
That the Pearl Online Classroom is accessing the desired device camera, microphone, and speaker
That the strength and quality of their internet’s network connection is strong enough to participate in the session
That their device and their browser are compatible with the Pearl Online Classroom
Visit the Tech Checklist help article to learn more about the Tech Checklist.
The Video Screen is the Online Classroom’s default screen where the Instructor and the Student can see each other in full view.
How to Use the Video Screen:
The Video Screen is the default screen you will see when you enter the online classroom. If you click another screen tool and need to navigate to the Video Screen again, click the Video Icon in the Online Classroom’s bottom toolbar
Your video window is located at the top left of the screen - you should be able to see yourself here.
The other participant’s video window will be in the center of the screen - you should be able to see the other person here.
Each participant can do the following:
Mute/unmute themselves by clicking the mic icon
Turn off/on their video camera feed by clicking the video icon
Note: The icons will be white if they’re “on” and red with a diagonal line through them if they’re “off”
Things to know about the Video Screen
If you have any issues with your microphone and/or video camera, troubleshoot these issues using the Tech Checklist. To open the Tech Checklist from your live Online Classroom session, click on the settings gear icon button in the bottom toolbar
Screen Share mode enables the Instructor or the Student to share their devices’ screen with the other session participant.
How to Screen Share
- In order for either participant to share their screen, the Instructor must click on the Screen Share icon in the Online Classroom’s bottom toolbar to open Screen Share mode for both participants.
- Now both the Instructor and the Student will see the blue “Share My Screen” button at the top of their screen. The person who needs to share their screen should click this button.
- After clicking “Share my screen”, a window will appear and ask you to “Choose what to share” - your entire screen, window, or a browser tab.
- Select what you want to share
- The “share” button at the bottom right will now turn blue. Click the button and now your screen should be shared.
Things to Know About Screen Sharing:
- Only one user may share their screen at a time
- Audio from videos does not get shared during screen sharing (i.e. if you share your screen and play a YouTube video, the audio from that video is not audible by the other participant)
- Google Chrome browser is our recommended browser for Screen Sharing. Other browsers such as Safari and Firefox do not support the screen share tool. Note: If you’re not sure which browser you are using, check using the Tech Checklist. To open the Tech Checklist from your live Classroom session, click on the audio/video settings gear button
The Image Capture tool is a tool that allows Instructors and Students to quickly take a picture from their device camera which can be used to turn physical files into online documents that can be viewed and annotated in the Drawing Board.
How to use Image Capture
- To open Image Capture, click the camera icon next to the Screen Share icon in the Online Classroom’s bottom toolbar.
Next, you will see a window like this open (see screenshot below)
- To take the photo, click the clock icon to set a 3-second timer or click the blue camera icon to immediately take the photo.
- After you’ve taken the photo, you will be able to share the photo to the Classroom files using the blue “share” button at the bottom right side of the screen
- If you need to retake the photo, click the red “discard” button at the bottom left of the screen and take it again
- Finally, if you want to view the photo with the other participant at the same time and/or annotate and draw on it, drag and drop the photo from the Classroom files onto the Drawing Board
Things to Know about Screen Capture:
- The photo automatically saves to “Classroom Files” for easy access during the session as well as after the session ends.
- If you annotate on the Image Capture photo using the Drawing Board, it will not automatically save that file. To save it, you must take a screenshot of it using your device’s screencapture tool(s) and then upload it to the “Classroom files” to save as part of the session files.
The Drawing Board is the most versatile and interactive tool in the Online Classroom. The Drawing Board enables Instructors and Students to share files, draw, and add/edit text.
How to use the Drawing Board
The Drawing Board has several tools available for the Student and Instructor. The tools are located at the top of the Drawing Board page. Read the list below to understand what you can do with each tool. To open the Drawing Board, click the Drawing Board icon at the toolbar located at the bottom left side of the screen.
- Select: Select, resize, and rotate objects
- Pencil: Use the pencil to draw on the board
- Color: Change the color of your pencil
- Thickness: Change the thickness of your pencil
- Text box: Add a text box. You may adjust the color, size, and font of the text before you start typing. Note: You cannot adjust these after you’ve typed in the text box.
- Eraser: Delete objects from the Drawing Board one at a time. When the Eraser tool is selected, it will delete any single object that you click on.
- Trash: Clear the entire Drawing Board. Note: There is no “undo” button - if you clear the Drawing Board, you will not be able to undo it and retrieve your work.
- Page Size: Resize your Drawing Board to create more space for you to work
- Tiny page
- Small page
- Medium page
- Large page
- XL page
Things to Know about the Drawing Board:
- There is no “undo” button in the online classroom.
- Work on the Drawing Board is not automatically saved, to save work done on the Drawing Board, you must take a screenshot of the Drawing Board using your device’s native screen capture tool(s) and then upload it to the “Classroom files” to save as part of the session files.
The Writing Board is similar to a shared word document for writing. Instructors and Students can use it to craft and/or review writing. To open the Writing Board, click the paper icon in the toolbar located at the bottom left side of the Online Classroom screen.
How to Use the Writing Board
- Write text or copy and paste text onto the Writing Board
- Format text using bold, italic, underline, brackets, color tool; there is also a copy to clipboard tool
- To format the text, select the text and then click the formatting that you want to apply to the text. The color tool can be clicked before typing or may be applied to selected text afterward.
Things to Know About the Writing Board:
- It is strictly a space for writing - you cannot add images or files to this space
- Both Instructors and Students can interact on the Writing Board at the same time
- Work on the Writing Board is not automatically saved, to save an image of the work done on the Writing Board, you must take a screenshot of the Writing Board using your device’s native screen capture tool(s) and then upload it to the “Classroom files” to save as part of the session files.
Instructors and students can chat with each other in the online classroom during their live session using Messages.
How to Message in Pearl Online Classroom
- Click on “Messages” to open the Messages tool. You can find it at the bottom right side of the screen
- Type your message
- Send your message by clicking the paper airplane icon or pressing the enter/return key on your keyboard
The Files tool enables Instructors and Students to upload and share files on the Drawing board during the Online Classroom session.
There are two ways to share files in the online classroom using the Files tool.
- Click on “Classroom files”
- Click “Upload a File” to directly upload a file to use in this online session
- When the filename for the uploaded file appears in the “Classroom files” list you may click on it to select it and drag it to the Drawing Board to share or you may remove it from the “Classroom Files” list
- Click on “My portfolio” to see a list of recent files that you have previously uploaded to your Dashboard portfolio
- Click on the left-facing arrow to add this file to the “Classroom files” and then from “Classroom files” you may drag and drop it onto the Drawing Board to share
Things to know about file-sharing in the Online Classroom:
- Files can only be dropped onto the Drawing Board (Not the Text Board)
- The Drawing Board only supports the following file formats: JPEG, PNG, SVG, and PDFs.
- Files shared during a Pearl Online Classroom session are available for review on that session’s Session Details page
- Files uploaded by you during a Pearl Online Classroom session are saved to your individual Dashboard Portfolio
Note: The Session Details page can be viewed by the Instructor and Student who participated in the session as well as that Student’s Parent(s) and the organization’s Administrators. Click here to learn more about Session Information and Post-Session reports.
The Session Timer shows Students and Instructors how long they have been inside the session. You can locate the Session Timer at the bottom left corner of the screen.
How to Extend Your Session
When you are nearing your session’s end time, a clock will appear above the Session Timer. The Instructor may extend the session by clicking this clock and selecting to extend this session for an additional 30 minutes. If the Instructor does not extend the session, the session will automatically end 5 minutes past the scheduled session duration time.
Need more information? Check out the following related articles:
- Tech and Network Requirements For The Online Classroom
- How to resolve video and audio issues in the Online Classroom
- How to Book a Session as an Admin
- How to Book a Session as an Instructor
- How to Request a Session as a Student or Parent