So, I get a lot of questions about my education. Generally, “omg you attend an online school?!” and “how does that work exactly?”. So I thought I’d show you guys my classroom, and give you a run-down of how it functions. Click through for full-size.
A basic “what-goes-on”. The classroom is a program where a group of students (generally between 10 and 20) log in and participate in lessons. We’re with the same students every day, except for any optional/extra lessons we take. We have a set timetable, one subject a day, five days a week, for two or three hours. There’s a fifteen minute break between every hour. The teacher talks to us through a microphone, and when they want us to read, we use our microphones too, but aside from that we just use the public text box. We use powerpoints, sites and textbooks, just like you would in a generic school, and the teacher explains it to us in further detail outloud.
A- The register. This shows you which students, teachers and admins are currently logged into the classroom — in alphabetical order. The members of staff will have their names in red. When someone is speaking through their microphone, their name is bumped to the top of the register and a small green speech bubble appears next to their name. Only one person can speak at any time, and anyone else that wants to speak will be put into a ‘queue’, and once the person talking has finished, the next person’s mic will be activated. We activate our mics by pressing Ctrl.
B- The public text box. Any of us can type into the public text box and everyone can see what we write. This is where we generally answer questions, discuss the subject we’re learning, and share our thoughts. I’m not entirely sure how my classmates got onto the topic of the 2012 apocalypse, though.
C- The private text boxes. This is where we talk to people privately, and only the person we’re sending messages to can see what we write. Sometimes the teacher will ask us to answer them privately, as opposed to posting our answers in the public text box, and we’re also allowed to talk to our classmates through them. For example, I recently sent this guy a friend request on facebook, and he sent me a message to say he’d received and accepted the request.
D- The ‘board’. I dubbed this place the board because, like a whiteboard or smartboard in a generic school, this is where the basic information is given to us. Text, images, anything.
E- The ‘board’ options. A continuation from D, the board can show various different things. Most of the time, we just use the ‘Presentation’, so we’re learning through powerpoint presentations that are uploaded into the classroom. However, sometimes the teacher will take us to sites — to watch videos, or quiz us, for example — and we’ll use the ‘Browser’ option, which takes all of us to the internet. Or, we’ll use the ‘Whiteboard’ option, where the teacher can handwrite/draw things.
F- The toolbars. Using the toolbars, we can change the settings, font style, etc. etc.. Using the green symbols in the top left hand side, we can go back and forth between slides on our own computer, so we can catch up if the teacher moves on before we’re ready, for example.
I may or may not decide to show you the actual school site, too, but that’s basically how the classroom/my day-to-day school life works.