Welcome to the Palfish Classroom! One of the main reasons that Palfish has become so successful as an online English teaching company is how interactive the Palfish classroom is! That means lots of interesting features and things to do! With so many different features and buttons it may seem a little daunting at first, but after reading this blog post I promise you willl be a Palfish classroom master!
THE PALFISH CLASSROOM
First, lets take a look at all these buttons that appear just above and below the classroom slides. I've numbered and labeled each of these buttons, so you know which one I am talking about as I explain them too you, right now! Yay!
ZOOM FUNCTION - This is pretty self explanatory! This comes in especially handy for example,when you have a 'Colour In' activity, the child may say the image is too small for them to colour in! So, we simply click this button, which will enable you to zoom in on any part of the slide you choose, just like you would with any other picture on your phone/ tablet, and hey presto, now they can colour it in like a true picasso! ;)
Note: You will not be able to draw on the screen whilst you have the Zoom button clicked. To draw on the screen after you have zoomed in you must then click the (2)Pen button and then you can draw to your hearts content! Then when you are done you can go ahead and click the Zoom button again, zoom out, and then click right back on the Pen button to continue drawing! Easy!
PEN FUNCTION - This button is always on by default, (unless you click the Zoom button) so this enables you to draw, write and circle things on the screen!
I wish I had a guide like this to help me in the beginning because I'm ashamed to say it took me a good few weeks to work out that if you press the Pen button you will see a drop down colour menu, as pictured! Then you can choose any colour that you wish to draw with! How cool! This is very handy for drawing pictures or colouring with the kids! (You don't want to know how many pigs have been coloured in red because I didn't know you could change the colour! >_<)
ERASE FUNCTION - Very simple feature, simply click this button to erase all the pen on the screen! Got a kid thats scribbled all over the slide? Erase! Tried to draw a dog and it went horribly wrong? Erase! However, you cannot erase individual areas on the slide, it will simply erase ANY and ALL pen that is on the screen!
SLIDES FUNCTION - (Pictured) This is an extremely helpful feature! By clicking this button you will be able to see every slide that is in this class, and you can change to any slide by selecting it and clicking the green OK button at the bottom! This is especially useful if the student was late, or the class is running late and you may feel it appropriate to skip a couple of slides, you can use this feature to do so without drawing attention to the fact or having to pass over material! You can even choose the White board slide, which I use a lot with one of my older students, as he loves to draw movie scenes for me! ^-^
Also, if you click the top right where it says 'Local' you can even upload a picture from your local photo album/gallery!
AR FUNCTION - (Pictured) AR = Augmented Reality, or more commonly known as FACE FILTERS! Yes, you heard me, the ones that make your face look like a cute kitten! Now, this feature is very special as Palfish is the ONLY online English teaching platform currently using this kind of technology in it's classrooms, therefore it's an excellent selling point and we should use it and show it off as much as possible during class! ^-^
Once you tap this button you will see a wide selection of beautiful filters ready to be enjoyed! Simply tap on the one you like and it will download and then be applied to yours, and the students, faces! How fun! To remove the face filter, simply tap the top left white circle with the line through the middle.
STARS/ REWARD FUNCTION - Again, a very simple yet effective feature! Press this button during class and a shiny yellow star will pop up on the screen and be given to the child as a reward for their hard work! You can give a maximum of 5 stars during each class!
SONGS IN THE CLASSROOM
Music is one of the greatest ways to immerse yourself in language! That is why Palfish excels in its use of music and audio in the classroom! It uses a variety of songs, audio clips, and story narrations.
Wherever you see a Play button on the screen, click it to hear the audio!
Keep in mind that any audio file will only play once. To play it again you will have to go to the next slide and then go back to the audio slide again before clicking Play!
Each slide is accompanied by the wonderful Teacher Guide! This is a general idea of what you should be aiming to see/do/teach in any given slide! It is super helpful, and should be used during class, although of course you do not have to parrot it word for word! But use it as a the name suggests, a nice and helpful guide!
To view the teacher guide again you can click the TG button in the bottom left corner of the classroom!
CLASSROOM CAMERA MODE
The default camera mode for the Official Kids Course is that the camera will automatically be on whenever you enter a class! From personal experience i can tell you that has led to some awkward situations, such as going into a class early or by accident and the kid is actually already there! Sooo to avoid these situations and allow us to prepare for our classes in incognito mode (and without fear of a pop up child!) head to the 'Me' tab on Palfish, hit settings and make sure you have that Default camera mode toggled 'OFF'! So it should no longer be Green! That way your camera will only switch on if you do so yourself, otherwise it will open automatically ONLY 1 minute before the class starts. Perfect!
Another extremely fun feature of the Palfish classroom is the Camera Bubbles!
If you click and drag your or your students camera square onto the slide, it will turn into a little bubble with your faces in! You can then place the, anywhere you like, some slides have designated circles that say 'Student Video/Teacher Video' and you can drag your camera bubbles accordingly! The kids love it, you can get really creative with it too, for example I have a student who gets to pretend to be a different super hero each week! Cool huh!
Some extra features you might not have noticed!
If you click your own picture/video in the classroom you will be able to switch your camera and audio on or off!
If you click on the students picture whilst they are in the classroom you will see three options: Disable pens, Switch Their Volume Off, Send Star!
If you click a students picture while they are not in the classroom, or they are late to a class, you can click Remind The Student button which sends them an automated message reminding them to come to class as soon as possible! ^-^
Finally, if you click the little 'i' button in the bottom right of the students picture, it will enable you to change the level they are on if you are in a Trial class!
Phew! There is my comprehensive Palfish Classroom Guide all done! I hope this helps you to fully utilize all the amazing and unique features of the Palfish Classroom, to pass your interview, gain more bookings, and improve the quality of our classes!
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