In this article:
- Practice Classroom
- AI-Generated Discussion Topics
- Screen Sharing
- Tutor Slides
- In-Class Messaging
- Blur Feature
The practice classroom enables tutors to enter a real Cambly classroom! In this classroom, you are able to play around with all of the classroom features mentioned in this article and more! You will find the practice classroom on your tutor dashboard. You must set your status to offline to see the classroom.
The practice classroom may not be available if you have a reservation or priority hour starting soon.
The practice classroom lesson length is 10 minutes. Upon entering the practice classroom, you will see the lesson timer begin counting down. Don't worry! If you need more time in the practice classroom, simply re-enter the classroom from your dashboard once your practice lesson ends.
This feels like a real lesson! Will time in this classroom be counted toward my lesson minutes on my history page?
No. While the practice classroom is a real Cambly classroom (just without a student!), it will not count as a real lesson nor will it impact any of your classroom stats.
Am I being recorded while in the practice classroom?
No. As a reminder, any time you are being recorded during a lesson on Cambly, you will see the red recording dot next to your name. You will not see this red dot while in the practice classroom and are not being recorded.
Why can’t I access the practice classroom in the 10 minutes prior to a reservation?
If you want to enter a practice classroom in the 10 minutes prior to a reservation, you may enter your reserved lesson early! Play around as much as you’d like. The classroom will let you know when it’s time to hit the Start lesson button.
AI-Generated Discussion Topics
Keeping the conversation flowing with your students can be a challenge sometimes! If you find that you need extra help guiding the conversation, you can access the AI-generated discussion topics feature from within the Cambly classroom. This feature is a great way to infuse a little fun and variety into a lesson, or to simply help support tutors when faced with conversation lulls.
How does it work?
- Select the far, right icon in the upper right hand corner of your group classroom interface titled "slide generator".
- The conversation starter experience will pop up in the panel on the right hand side of your classroom. Please note that your students will not see this.
- Write in your own topic, or choose from a suggested topic. Once your topic displays in the box, click the Shake things up button.
- Based on the topic you selected or wrote in, we’ll come up with introduction questions, vocabulary, and conversation questions. These will be displayed within the same box, only visible to the tutor.
- Click the share with the class button to display these as slides to your students.
- Now, simply enjoy the discussion with your students!
If you no longer wish to display the slides, simply click X HIDE MATERIAL in the same way you would for lesson slides, as shown below.
Can students see the AI-generated discussion topics feature?
No, students won't be able to see the discussion topic until you share the slides with them.
Is the AI-generated discussion topics feature available in Cambly Kids?
The AI-generated discussion topics feature is available in Cambly Kids, however it's still being improved to best suit Cambly Kids learners. Until these improvements are implemented, you can still use the AI-generated discussion topics feature as a resource for your Cambly Kids lessons.
Sharing your screen with your students allows you to utilize a variety of resources such as news articles, videos, your own curriculum and more! To share your screen during a lesson, click the screen-share icon in the top of the classroom. You can also click the icon with 3 dots and select "Share Screen" from there.
A window will pop up on your screen. You will be able to select which screen you want to share: your entire screen, an application window, or a Chrome tab. If you are sharing an article or something from another website, you can select "Chrome Tab" and your current open tabs will show underneath. From there, select the tab which you would like to share with your student.
Check out Joel's tutorial on how to share your screen in the video below!
Why can't my student hear the video I'm sharing?
If you are sharing a video, don't forget to make sure you click the "Share tab audio" box on the bottom left of the screen:
I'm using a Mac. Why won't it let me share my screen?
Please check out this article for clear instructions on how to allow screensharing if you're using a Mac!
The classroom features a whiteboard tool that tutors can use with their students! To open the whiteboard, click on the the icon with the 3 dots at the top of the classroom. Then, from the drop-down menu, you will select "Show whiteboard".
Once the whiteboard is open in your classroom, you will see a toolbar on the left. This toolbar offers a variety of features within the whiteboard, such as text blocks, pens to draw with, shapes, and more!
You can try out the whiteboard and all of its features by entering the practice classroom, found on your tutor dashboard.
Tutor Slides are available in select lessons. They allow you to see a slightly different view that is entirely invisible to your student. Their purpose is to give you information, secret prompts, messages, and educational content that the students can’t see, which will make it easier to isolate learning practice or play a guessing game!
A Tutor Slide may provide you with:
- An answer key
- Optional guiding questions
- New game opportunities
- New ways to practice your students’ listening skills
When a Tutor Slide is part of your student’s lesson, the Tutor Slide will appear to you by default. You will know you are viewing a Tutor Slide by the white box with a red border that reads either “TUTOR SLIDE” or “TUTOR HELP.” Pictured below are examples of the tutor view and the student view.
How do I turn the Tutor Slides on and off?
You can turn a Tutor Slide on or off by clicking the blue button in the bottom left-hand corner and selecting the graduation cap icon. This graduation cap allows you to switch back and forth between the tutor and student views during a lesson.
Why don't I see Tutor Slides in my lesson?
Not all lessons have Tutor Slides. In fact, very few lessons will have Tutor Slides starting out! That said, as new courses are released, you will start seeing Tutor Slides more and more!
Can I switch back and forth during a lesson?
Yes! Anytime there is a Tutor Slide available, you can use the graduation cap icon to switch between the student slide and tutor slide as often as you’d like.
Am I able to preview the Tutor Slides before the lesson?
Wherever you can preview courses, you are now able to preview the Tutor Slides within the courses that support them. You will know if a slide has a Tutor Slide by the toggle in the bottom left corner, and you can toggle back and forth while previewing that slide.
- For Cambly Classics, this means you can preview the Tutor Slides while browsing the Library or previewing a student’s enrolled courses.
- For Cambly Kids, this means you can preview the Tutor Slides while viewing a student’s enrolled courses through the student’s account.
Tutors have an in-class messaging tool to use during each class! This tool, found on the right side of the classroom, can be helpful to type out vocabulary words for students, send links, or help communicate more clearly with beginner students. The in-class messaging system also features a translation tool.
You can paste links from published online resources or upload your own files to a cloud service (e.g. Google Docs, Dropbox, etc.) and share a public link with your students.
The picture-in-picture tool lets you to move your student's picture right underneath your webcam, or anywhere else within the screen. Moving it underneath your webcam allows you to look into your camera and at your student's video feed at the same time. Additionally, it allows you to navigate to other tabs or pages while still being able to see your student.
To access picture-in-picture, simply hover over the student's video feed and click on the right button that appears. You can then move your student's picture wherever you'd like!
Cambly has implemented protections for tutors when working with trial students. When working with a trial student, the camera will be turned off by default, allowing the tutor a chance to feel comfortable with a user before they choose to switch the video/camera on. Tutors also have the ability to increase or decrease the video clarity as preferred.