Entering the Classroom
The classroom incorporates the BigBlueButton2 interactive whiteboard program. This allows both you and I to write in real time on a whiteboard that enables the lessons to be taught as if I am there with you.
To enter the classroom is very easy, and I will coach you through it anyway when I contact you.
The steps are as follows:
First, make sure you have connected a microphone and speakers to your computer. A headset that has a microphone is perfect.
Then click on the classroom icon on the side of the webpage or on the top menu bar. A prompt message will appear asking you for a password.
The password will be given to you when you book a lesson. Enter the password and click on OK. This will direct you to the classroom landing page, as shown below.
Simply type in your name and click on join. This will take you to the interactive whiteboard (the classroom).
The interactive whiteboard is by Bigbluebutton2 .This requires Flash for it to work. Most PC computers will have Flash already installed. If not, then when you try to enter the classroom, the Flash install icon will show up instead. Clicking on that will take you to the correct page to install it. Once installed you will then be able to enter the classroom. The Apple ipad will probably not have flash installed and it may not be available for it.
Avoid joining the classroom before your time slot please because you may disturb another lesson.
Once you have entered the classroom you will need to click on ‘Microphone’ to allow the two way conversation.
You will then need to click on allow camera and microphone access. To actually allow camera access you will have to click on another icon on the top left of the screen. This is optional and not actually necessary. The ‘allow window’ also states that you maybe recorded. Whilst the Bigbluebutton2 program has this feature, this particular function has not been enabled and A-Star Aspirations will not record any sessions.
You will then be required to choose your microphone from the drop down menu.
Click ‘Next’ and after a little time connecting your microphone, you will then enter the classroom, ready for your first lesson.
Don’t worry about how to use the interactive whiteboard. It is very easy to use and what you need to know will be explained to you as and when you need it during the lesson.
If you want to know more about the interactive whiteboard developed by Bigbluebutton2 click on this link.
If you would like to ask any questions about taking lessons with A-Star Aspirations or about how the system works, go to the contact me tab. Here you can either write an email to the address given or you can telephone me instead. If I’m not available to answer the call, due to tutoring someone else, for example, then please leave a message and your contact number and I will get back to you as soon as possible.
2BigBlueButton is the trademark of BigBlueButton Inc. A-Star Aspirations uses the BigBlueButton program but this does not mean that it is endorsed or certified by BigBlueButton Inc.