Video: Teachers - How to run your appointments over video call
This video gives you an overview of the process of what to do when your Administrator has informed you that your appointments on a conference will be held via video call. Underneath the video is a help article with written information to the same effect.
In order to make video calls you need to have as a minimum:
- a device with a microphone and speaker/headphones
- a compatible up-to-date web browser:
iPhone/iPad: Safari, Chrome
Android: Chrome, Firefox or the Samsung Browser
Windows: Chrome, Firefox or Microsoft Edge (Chromium - download here)
Mac: Safari, Chrome or Firefox
Linux: Chrome or Firefox
We also recommend:
- Using your smartphone for video appointments. If you don't have a smartphone with a front-facing camera, use a laptop or computer with a webcam.
- Using a headset (or earphones with a microphone) to reduce echo.
- Once a conference is available you can test your setup at any time - see below
How to take your appointments over video call
1. Log in and go to the Conference
On the day of the video appointments (or before, if you want to test your camera and microphone, etc) login to the system in the usual way (please see the main Teacher Guide for more details if you need them) and view the event in question. Alternatively you can access from the links on the reminder email sent to you 1 hour before the Evening if the Admin for your system set this option up.
Note: if no appointments with you have been booked as yet, you will not see the video options covered below. You must have been booked at least once in order to test, etc
At the top of the page you will see a blue notice telling you that you have upcoming video appointments, as well as a "click here" link which allows you to check that your internet connection and device can successfully connect to a video call.
The green Join Video Appointments button allows you to join your appointment on the day - or to test your camera/microphone at any time.
2. Check Audio and Video
When you click Join Video Appointments the Check Audio and Video screen will be displayed. You may at this point be asked if you wish to allow access to your camera/microphone, in which case please click yes.
On this screen, under the video box, you can see options allowing you to turn on/off your Microphone and Camera via the round buttons, blur your background in video calls via the switch, as well as the ability to change which devices you will use via Device Settings. Once you are happy, click Proceed to Video Call.
3. The Video Call
On this screen you can see the following when in a call:
At the top left the parent name (and child details) for the current and next appointment and, if the parent has invited a guest, the name of that guest.
At the bottom the control buttons allow you to mute the mic or turn off the camera. The cogwheel allows you to change the settings, such as blurring your background, or choosing to use a different mic or camera (if you have more than one available).
In the middle, when your appointment is due to start, you will see the Start Appointment button.
Once started, you will see yourself in the bottom right corner of the screen (unless you have no camera, or have chosen to turn it off). If the others involved in the call have not yet joined you will see a notice to that effect in the centre of the screen:
When another person joins a call (other teachers, the parent, or the parent's guest) you will see them in the main part of the screen - or hear them, if they have no camera (or have turned it off) - and can start your discussion with them.
When you are in a call you also see a red hang up button to leave the call and, next to it, an icon that allows you to share your screen (or an application running on your laptop or desktop) - for more detail on screen sharing please see this article.
The Close or Open Notes button next to the camera allows you to view any notes that have already been entered, this includes any parent notes entered when the booking was made or any teacher notes you added before the appointment. You can also add additional notes while on the call selecting this see this article.
You will also see the remaining time for the appointment counting down in a blue bar at the top of the screen, which will turn red when the last 10 seconds begin.
If anyone loses access to the system for some reason during the call, they can log in again and click green call button to reconnect.
As long as the other person is still in the call this will let you continue with the appointment.
When the countdown stops the appointment time is over and the call will automatically end.
The appointment will always end at the scheduled time.
4. Follow on calls
If you have a consecutive appointment scheduled the screen will display a Start Next Appointment button. When you are ready to proceed, click on it.
The appointment will always end at the scheduled times.
If you do not have a consecutive appointment, but you have not completed your final scheduled appointment, you will see a countdown telling you how long until the start of your next appointment.
Once your final appointment for the conference is complete you will see a message advising you of this.
When parents have joined a video call this is automatically recorded in the attendance report.