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Video: Using Nagwa Connect as an Educator

In this video, we will show you how to use Nagwa Connect as an educator.

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Video Transcript

In this video, we will show you how to use Nagwa Connect as an educator.

Nagwa Connect is an exciting, innovative technology that allows you to run online sessions with your students, in real time, using our whiteboard technology.

Nagwa Connect is fully integrated with your portal, and sessions can be run with single students, classes of students, or all of the students in your portal! Using our app, you can speak to your students while presenting them a real-time whiteboard that updates as you write. We have built in a live-chat feature for students so they can ask any questions that they have and stay connected. Students can also raise their hands in order to ask verbal questions; as an educator you have complete control over muting and unmuting your students’ microphones as you need to. You can also import images and display these during a session.

It’s important to note that all Nagwa Connect sessions are automatically recorded and directly sync with your portal in case you want to share the session retrospectively with your students. We will demonstrate where you can find these recordings on your portal toward the end of the video.

To get started, head over to our apps page (https://www.nagwa.com/en/apps/) and install Nagwa Connect for Educators on your iPad or Android tablet. Once the app is installed, open it and sign in with your portal educator account and you’re ready to go.

To start a session, head over to educators.nagwa.com and sign in to your educator portal. Note that you can’t create a new session from the Nagwa Connect app. Once you’re signed in, click on “Assignments”, then click on “Sessions”, and finally click “New Session”. Now, you’ll need to enter the details for the session. We are going to title ours “Revision Class”, leave the date as today, and set the start time for an hour’s time.

We’ll set the session duration to “60” minutes, set the subject to “Mathematics”, and select our class; this will default to all the students in the class, but you can adjust this on the right-hand side if you so desire. You can also add additional classes by clicking the “+” button, but we are only going to add a single class to this session! Finally, to confirm the session, click “Create Session”.

If you would like to add graphics to your session, click on “Materials” followed by “+ Add Materials”. Then, you just need to click where it says “Select Images” and then choose the files that you want to upload. Once you’ve uploaded the files you want, click “Finish” and then “Add”. You should now see the image appear under “Materials”, which means it is ready to be used in the session.

Once you’ve set up your first session, jump back over to the educators app, sign in if you need to (or refresh the screen if you are already signed in), and you will see the session appear. As soon as you’re ready, click start, and your session will be live and your students will be able to start joining. They can join either through the Nagwa Connect for Students app or directly from their student portals.

Students will also receive three notifications regarding sessions if they have installed and set up their Nagwa Connect for Students app. They will receive a notification when a new session is created, a notification that the session is starting soon, and finally a notification once the session is live.

Once the session starts, you can see the list of students invited on the right-hand side by clicking the pencil icon to expand the menu, followed by the people icon. Then, you can toggle between messages and students. As your students join, the circle next to their name will turn green and they will be able to see the whiteboard and hear your commentary.

If you toggle “Messages”, you’ll be able to see any messages that come in from your students. Similarly, if one of your students raises their hand, a little red notification will appear on the pencil icon on the top right-hand corner. If you click the pencil icon, followed by the people icon, and then click students, you’ll then be able to unmute the student so they can verbally ask a question (as long as they have a microphone).

Note that the student who raised their hand can mute themselves at any point, or you as an educator can mute them if you would like to.

You have the ability to mute your microphone at any time by pressing the microphone in the top left-hand corner of the screen. Note that you may need to clear the student box and click the pencil icon again to expand the menu. You can change your pen color and thickness from the menu by clicking the color circle and then selecting the color and pen thickness of your choice.

The circular arrows button on the right-hand side allows you to clear your screen so that you can start again with a fresh whiteboard. If you click this button, you’ll have to confirm the action by clicking “Yes”.

If you want to add images to the session, you can add them by clicking the folder icon on the right-hand side, selecting the image—or images—that you would like to use, and then positioning it where you would like it to appear on the screen. Once you’re happy with the position, click the tick and the image will be shared with your students. You can also resize the image by pinching the picture or dragging from the corner of the image.

You can also write on top of any image inserted, and you have an eraser option so you can remove a section of the text if you don’t want to clear the whole screen.

There is a timer clock on the left-hand side of the screen so you can keep track of the length of time for which the session has been running, and you can end the session at any time by pressing the red button in the left-hand corner of the screen.

It’s worth noting that once you end the session, it will also end for your students, but it will not immediately clear the whiteboard, allowing them to copy down any last-minute notes that they might want to make.

If you have scheduled the session for a particular time frame and you overrun this, you will have an hour’s grace period before the session finishes, so don’t worry about finishing before the planned duration.

If you want to start another session, you will need to schedule this through the educators portal and then refresh the app to be able to start it.

As mentioned previously, you’ll be able to find your session recordings by signing in to your educators portal, heading over to “My Library”, clicking on “Videos”, and then switching from “Studio Videos” to “Connect Videos”. Once your videos have finished processing, which might take a little bit of time, you’ll find all of your session videos here.

Once they have been processed, you have two options for each of the videos: you can click the three dots to the lower right of the video and add them to your portal library, or you can delete them. If you decide to add the video to your library, you’ll then be able to share it with your classes like any other library file.

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