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Teaching students during a Coronavirus school closure using the DoE's Adobe Connect Virtual Classroom system

A 6-hour interactive online course

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Adobe connect virtual classroom teaching

Schools to go digital for virus emergency": Daily Telegraph, Saturday March 7, 2020 
Education Minister Sarah Mitchell: "The NSW education system has been urgently digitalised so that students can “attend” virtual classes and even school assemblies from home if the coronavirus forces a mass shutdown of the system".

"The final server upgrades are occurring this weekend to ensure the technology is ready for widespread remote learning, which would include live streaming, chatrooms and courses online for both primary and high schools"


Course content:
Six one-hour interactive modules covering:

  • How to use Adobe Connect & Adobe Connect Virtual Classroom
  • How to prepare for teaching classes with Adobe Connect
  • How to manage classes within Adobe Connect
  • How to facilitate groupwork within Adobe Connect
  • How to assess outcomes when teaching with Adobe Connect
  • How to support younger students, Special Ed students and digitally unconnected students when using Adobe Connect

 

If you are not a regular user of Adobe Connect please read this:

Adobe Connect is a web conferencing application used by organisations to conduct online meetings, webinars and training sessions. It enables online audio and video presentation and collaboration across devices, including mobile phones and tablets.

Adobe Connect has a web-based virtual classroom learning component designed for interactive teaching and training. Presenters can monitor participant engagement and integrate the software with an existing learning management system (LMS).

The virtual classrooms and conference rooms can be customised by teachers and presenters to include visualisation tools such as polls, chat, whiteboards, and a console for mixing video streams for increasing participant engagement.  They can also include games, quizzes, tests, and surveys.

All NSW DoE teachers and students have at-home access to Adobe Connect via the DoE portal. You can also access an Adobe Connect session using a smartphone or a tablet.

Meetings

An Adobe Connect meeting is a live online video and/or audio conference for multiple users. The meeting room is an online application that you use to conduct a meeting. It includes various display panels (pods) and components. There are several prebuilt meeting room layouts. You can also use a custom layout that suits your needs. The meeting room lets meeting attendees share computer screens or files, chat, broadcast audio, and video, and participate in interactive online activities.

Once you create a meeting room, it exists until you delete it. The meeting room location is a URL (or web site link) assigned by the system when the meeting is created. When you click the URL, you enter the virtual meeting room. A meeting room can be reused for the same regular meeting. The host can leave the meeting room open or close it between scheduled meetings. If a meeting room is open, attendees can enter the room at any time to view content.

A participant’s capabilities in a meeting depend on their assigned role and permissions.  

Inside a virtual meeting room

Content in a meeting room is displayed in pods, which are panels that contain various types of media. Individual pods contain a list of meeting participants, meeting notes, in-meeting chat, shared files, and shared video. A host can send attendees from the main meeting room to breakout rooms (smaller meetings) to collaborate as small groups.

The Presenter Only area inside the meeting room is visible only to hosts and presenters, not attendees. Hosts and presenters can use the Presenter Only area to prepare content to be shared with attendees or to view confidentially.

A menu bar containing several menus is used to manage the meeting. A host sees the Meeting, Layouts, Pods, Audio, and Help menus. A presenter or participant sees only the Meeting and Help menus. Messages and warnings appear in a corner. A red circle in the menu bar indicates that the host is recording the meeting.

On the menu bar a colored bar indicates the connection status of the meeting room. The connection status also conveys information about the quality of the users meeting connection.

Meeting roles and permissions

A person's role determines their capabilities for sharing, broadcasting, and other activities in an Adobe Connect Meeting. There are three roles for meeting room attendees: host, presenter, and participant. Icons in the Attendees pod let you identify their role and if they are connecting from mobile devices.

The creator of a meeting is designated as the host by default. The host can specify each attendee’s role, including selecting other attendees to be hosts for the meeting. Permissions for each role are as follows:

Host

Hosts can set up a meeting, invite guests, add content to the library, share content, and add or edit layouts in a meeting room. They can promote other participants to the role of meeting room host or presenter or give enhanced permissions to a participant without promoting the participant. Hosts can start, stop, join, and leave audio conferences. They can also start and stop broadcasting audio into a meeting room. Hosts can create and manage small group breakout rooms within a meeting. They can also perform all the tasks that a presenter or participant can.

Presenter

Presenters can share content already loaded into the meeting room from the library. They can also share content from their computer. Shared content includes Adobe Presenter presentations (PPT or PPTX files), Flash application files (SWF files), images (JPEG files), Adobe PDF files, MP3 files, and FLV video files. They can share their screen with all attendees, chat, and broadcast live audio and video. Presenters can mute audio broadcasts on their computer speakers.

Participant (Registered)

Registered participants can view the content that the presenter is sharing, hear, and see the presenter’s audio and video broadcast, and use text chat. Participants can mute audio broadcasts on their computer speakers.

Participant (Guest)

Guest participants can view the content that the presenter is sharing, hear, and see the presenter’s audio and video broadcast, and use text chat. Participants can mute audio broadcasts on their computer speakers.

The Meetings library

Meetings libraries exist within each of the three panes for accessing meetings: Shared Meetings, User Meetings, and My Meetings. Each pane's library contains folders and files with meeting content and recordings. Users can create and manage content in the My Meetings pane that appears when they are logged in to Adobe Connect Central.  Access to content in the other panes can be determine by the meeting library permissions set for each user by the Adobe Connect Central administrator.

Content placed in the Meetings library is available only for use in meetings. To make the content available for other activities initiated in Adobe Connect Central (such as events, seminars, or training) the content must be uploaded to the Content library or moved from the Meetings library to the Content library.

What you will know about using Adobe Connect after completing the professional learning:

  1. The basics of Adobe Connect meetings
  2. Creating an Adobe Connect Meeting Room
    • Types of meetings
    • Meeting room roles
    • Basic Meeting Management
  3. Managing an Adobe Connect Meeting Room
    • Creating a Meeting
    • Inviting participants
    • Uploading Content
    • Recording meetings
  4. Customising the Viewing Experience
    • Creating a meeting room template
    • Converting a meeting room into a template
    • Applying a template to a meeting
    • Customising the login page, central page, and meeting appearance
  5. The Content Library
    • Working with library files and folders
    • Uploading content to the Content library
    • Viewing content in the Content library
    • Permission settings in the Content library
  6. Meeting Rooms
    1. Managing attendees
      • changing user roles
      • removing participants
      • editing participant names
      • granting enhanced participant rights
      • changing meeting attendee status
    2. The Presenter Only Area
  7. Sharing Presentations
  8. Using the Whiteboard Feature in the Meeting Room
  9. Using Screen Sharing
    • Starting screen sharing
    • Desktop sharing
    • Changing control of a shared screen
  10. Meeting room pods ( Pods are the panels that make up the layout for the meeting)
  11. Customising and Saving meeting room Layouts
    • Creating layouts
    • Managing layouts
    • Changing and managing layouts during a meeting
  12. Recording Adobe Connect Meetings
    1. Recording a meeting
    2. Managing meeting recordings
    3. Deleting recordings
    4. Moving recordings
    5. Enabling recordings for public
    6. Editing recording information
    7. Playing back a recorded meeting
    8. Editing a recorded meeting
    9. Creating an offline recording
  13. Sharing Files, Polls, and Web Links
    1. Uploading a file
    2. Downloading a file
    3. Removing a file
    4. Renaming a file
    5. The poll pod
    6. Creating a poll
    7. Showing voting results
    8. Editing polls
    9. The web links pod
    10. Adding a link
    11. Displaying a web page
    12. Renaming a link or changing a link's URL
    13. Removing a link
  14. Managing Text Messages and Questions
    1. Chat pod
    2. Notes pod
    3. Q&A pod
  15. Using Audio and Video
    1. Using audio conferencing
    2. Audio profiles
    3. Starting an audio conference
    4. Joining an audio conference
    5. Managing audio within meetings
    6. Adjusting audio quality
    7. Using video pods
    8. Sharing a video
  16. Using Breakout Rooms
    1. Defining breakout rooms and assigning members
    2. Beginning a breakout session
    3. Communication within a breakout session
    4. Ending a breakout session
    5. Sharing breakout room content in the main room
    6. Reopening breakout rooms

Price:
$49 per teacher for individual teachers
$39 per teacher for groups of 4-5 teachers

. Discounts are available for schools that wish to enrol their full teacher
  cohort
. The course can be completed by teachers individually but is designed to
   preferably be completed by teachers working 4 or 5 in a group


Completed online using Pedacomp's interactive Moodle Learning Management system.

Note:  Please submit your enrolment as soon as you can
Both the NSW and Victorian Education departments use Adobe Connect as their video-conferencing/virtual classroom system i.e. there are over 120,000 teachers in the two systems urgently needing professional learning in Adobe Connect.  As far as we know Pedacomp is the only specialist Technology in Teaching provider in NSW and Victoria capable of offering this professional learning, and our Moodle Learning Management system has constraints that do not allow for anything like 120,000 enrolments.

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Completing the Everything schools need to plan for and teachers need to know to use the DoE's Adobe Connect Virtual Classroom professional learning will contribute 7 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Registered Professional development addressing standards 1.5.2, 1.6.2, 2.6.2, 3.2.2, 3.4.2, 4.1.2, 5.1.2, 5.4.2 and 6.2.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.
 

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