Update: I just inserted a video below and shows you around the class room. I hope you enjoy it. 🙂
Hi, everyone here’s a quick update, as I’m waiting on a student tonight. If they are a no show I still have to wait. We are doing the Voice of VIPKID classes. These are extra curricular courses that help students have more fun while learning words and actions.
However, today I want to talk to you about the Apps that VIPKID has to offer. They have three kinds of apps. We have the Teacher PC, iPad App, and iPhone (or iPod Touch) app. Each app does something slightly different. The main device I recommend using is the computer or a Yoga computer that is portable. You will want to use the Teacher PC app instead of the browser, due to stablity issues that the browser may have. I have had only 1 Teacher IT problem in the 660+ days I’ve been with VIPKID, and that was something to do with my headphones and the browser at the time.
The Teacher PC App looks something like this:
Here’s a video I just posted about the above classroom. 🙂 :
It is very useful and it works streamline with little to no issues and they are always updating it with cool AR stickers or configuring the classroom to make it easy to manage. I particularly like the new way that came out yesterday. Plus we always get opportunities for gift boxes or tokens. I will explain tokens in another post.
VIPKID just implemented the Start Class Button feature to the Teacher PC app and iPad apps. I’m not to keen on it, but I have adjusted. I just recommend using the free version of Many Cam to create our own camera cover so you have it up at the beginning of the start time, which is about 5 minutes before class. 🙂 I may explain how to make a camera cover in an another post. However, I definitely want you to use the Teacher PC app and that will make your life very easy.
The iPad app is nice, but isn’t as stream line as it could be. I’ve had to use it instances when my laptop shut down due to updates or I’ve had other issues pretainig to my computer, like sound. Although the iPad app is great, it lacks one feature. LANDSCAPE mode. The classroom is permanently in portrait mode and that is just not effective if you ask me. The students are able to do class in landscape but not the teachers. It is so weird, but it is true. I also don’t like the iPad app for another reason. You cannot fill Unit Assessments (UAs) out, only normal class feedback. NOT COOL if you are on the go. You’ll have to use Safari to get to the browser portal and fill it in. Hopefully that works, because the classrooms won’t due to a special plug in Safari does not have.
The iPhone (or iPod Touch) app is your organizing friend. It keeps you in the know. You can check your schedule, get alerts of bookings, updates, etc. You can even fill in normal feedback for classes on the go. However, as stated before, you CANNOT fill in UAs. This is such a drag because you never know when you will get a UA and you don’t want to be in this predicament.
So after all said and done, which Apps do I use the most. Well… The Teacher PC app and the iPhone app. Those are my two besties in the VIPKID world. I totally recommend getting and downloading these whether you have been with VIPKID from day one or just starting.
Well… Looks like a no show since I just typed all of this in one sitting but I have 15 minutes before can call class so… Yeah. 🙂 I just got paid to type this up. lol
I hope to be posting more often as I try to create my schedule this year. I’ll see you next time. Maybe we will talk about Tokens and the Token Center next time. Talk soon.
Have a great day!