Happy Monday to you!
Whilst you’re hopefully keeping safe indoors with several fans on you, I thought I’d pop on and introduce a new feature in the Classroom, the companion device!
The ability to connect your camera and microphone from a secondary device instead of using the video/audio from your desktop.
We are aware that the video and audio connections have caused issues with a portion of our lessons which can immediately make the classroom unusable. This can result in either waiting around until the other person works out how to get them working, your feeling flustered trying to troubleshoot or just having to give up and use a different platform entirely. Either way, this hugely disrupts the lesson and we wanted to give a slick alternative where you can quickly connect a secondary device and carry on with your lesson.
Plus, this gives you a chance to be more flexible on which device you’d like to use, gaining more flexibility on where the camera is angled and if you have a better camera/microphone on another device. This could particularly help with the likes of music lessons.
As the GIF demonstrates above, on your video, there is a new “Companion Mode” icon, when you click on this it will provide a QR code. Use the camera or QR scanner from your secondary device to scan the QR code and follow the instructions on that device.
Then, to exit, you click the red “Companion Mode” icon on your secondary device and you will be back on the desktop.
As you’ve probably noticed, this is released as BETA so any feedback is very much welcome. This is not the finishing product and we hope to build on this according to your feedback.
For example, being able to connect your secondary device to use as a drawing tablet for the classroom’s whiteboard is something we’ve had in mind.
You can practice this in our demo classroom to a certain extent to get familiar with the feature before your next lesson! We hope this helps with some of the
issues you may have had in the classroom and it enhances the experience of the lesson!
Look after yourselves during this heatwave and looking forward to hearing your thoughts!!