Dear MyViewBoard Team,
I am a teacher in New York City. I have tried many different interactive whiteboards and I can honestly say that MyViewBoard Classroom is the best interactive whiteboard that I have found for remote teaching of my students. Thank you for creating such a great product!
I would like to offer some feedback and suggestions, which I hope would make MyViewBoard Classroom better and easier to use by both students and teachers:
On the "Join the Session" page (https://myviewboard.com/vjoin?a=...), in the box for guest users to enter their name, perhaps you can change "User Name" to "Your Name"... This is to hopefully prevent confusion for students who do not have an account, because they might think that they need to create their own account first in order to sign in. (I had a few students who said that they don't know their "username" or that they did not have a "username", when in fact they only need to put in their own first name.)
Background management button: after clicking on this button to insert backgrounds, perhaps you can move the last three choices (Image Search, Google Drive, Color) to the top of the list, before "Math, Science, etc...". Although I deeply appreciate that you have provided so many wonderful choices for backgrounds, I believe that most teachers will probably be using their own pre-made images (worksheets/slides) as backgrounds for their own lessons. Therefore, it would be more convenient for Color, Google Drive, and Image Search to be the first three choices in the background management menu.
When applying background images, it would be great to have the option for one image to be applied to all huddle groups for the current canvas. Currently, when adding a background image, the only choices are to "apply to this huddle group" (for all canvases) or "apply to this page" (for only the teacher's current canvas or only one huddle group's current canvas). I believe having the option to "apply to all huddle groups for the current canvas" (or even better, having the option to "apply to the selected huddle groups for the current canvas") will be extremely useful for teachers. When teachers are teaching a skill on the current canvas, they usually want most/all students to practice the same skill, so they would usually like for the students to see the same background image. Currently, teachers have to insert the same background image for each huddle group separately (on the current canvas), but this is very time-consuming.
For huddles, when there is only one student in each huddle (that is, when students are not grouped in any huddles, when students are working by themselves), it would be great to have the option to see onlythe students' names instead of Group 1, Group 2, etc.
When students first join a session, are they randomly placed into a huddle? It would be great if the first student to join the session is placed into Group 1, and the second student to join is placed into Group 2, etc.
It would be great to have the option to disable and enable the public chat and the group chats, to prevent students from posting inappropriate messages during the lesson.
THANK YOU again for all your hard work on such a wonderful tool, I really love using MyViewBoard Classroom and I hope these suggestions will help other fellow teachers as well as students! (Thank you for reading and for your consideration!)