Edify Support

From Hardware and Software setup to jumping into your first lesson, the edify support pages will cover all the functionality you require to get started with virtual teaching.

2D Content

Any 2D Content (images, PDFs, videos and websites) that you upload to your lesson are accessed and viewed using the edify Boards. To access the edify Boards, there are two routes via the Objects tab on the Home Panel. You can either press the “+Board” button in the bottom left corner, which adds a blank board to your current scene. You can also open a particular piece of content directly by selecting it from the Objects tab, which opens a new edify Board with the specified content already open.

On an existing Board, whether it’s blank or you have content open already, you can choose another piece of 2D content to display using the Options button in the top left. When you press, a short context menu will open – select “Open Media” from the top of the list. From here, you can choose what type of media you want to open using the menu on the left hand side. You can use “Open” to display the specified content directly on the board, or “Pop Out” to instead open it in on a new Board.

Images

Images are straightforward – when you open the image, it will scale to fit the board while retaining its resolution. If the image is then too large, you can rescale the size of the board using the same methods as a 3D model – either using the grip buttons in VR, or accessing the transform tools in desktop.

PDFs

PDFs have some more functionality to help you navigate through the pages. You can zoom in and out using the + and – magnifying glasses at the top of the page. To scroll through the pdf, you can point at the board and use up and down on your trackpad / analogue stick for VR, or your mouse wheel if on desktop. You can also use the up and down arrows in the top left to move page by page.

Videos

Websites

Websites are navigated in the same fashion as in desktop – you can point and click on buttons and links to navigate to new pages.

Note: there will shortly be a virtual keyboard implemented that will enable you to enter text where appropriate into websites.

Additional Tools

We are in the process of implementing various tools that will help when presenting your 2D content. The first of these are our whiteboard tools, which are covered in our guide here. If you open the options menu and toggle on the whiteboard tools, you can draw over any piece of 2D content that you have selected. This is a useful way to annotate over points of interest in journal papers or videos, along with the traditional drawing over images.

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Overview

Any 2D Content (images, PDFs, videos and websites) that you upload to your lesson are accessed and viewed using the edify Boards. To access the edify Boards, there are two routes via the Objects tab on the Home Panel. You can either press the “+Board” button in the bottom left corner, which adds a blank board to your current scene. You can also open a particular piece of content directly by selecting it from the Objects tab, which opens a new edify Board with the specified content already open.

On an existing Board, whether it’s blank or you have content open already, you can choose another piece of 2D content to display using the Options button in the top left. When you press, a short context menu will open – select “Open Media” from the top of the list. From here, you can choose what type of media you want to open using the menu on the left hand side.

You can also add new 2D content to your lesson using the "Add Media" button in the top left corner, and change the ordering of content between file size and alphabetical using the dropdown menu.

Overview

Images

Images are displayed using the edify Image Gallery. When you press on images, you will be shown thumbnails for each of the images you've already added to the lesson. The zoom slider at the bottom will change the size of each of the icons.

When hovering over a thumbnail, you can press the magnifying glass icon to open that image immediately, or use the delete icon to remove it from the lesson.

To open multiple images, press on each of their thumbnails, then use the Confirm button in the bottom right hand corner.

With the images in Gallery mode, you can use the left and right arrows on either side of the screen to cycle through them, or press the Gallery View toggle to show a list of thumbnails that you can use to navigate to an image directly. You can also use the zoom slider at the bottom to zoom into the image, then drag around on the image directly to choose where to focus

Finally, you can return to the full list of images by using the Back button in the bottom left.

Images

PDFs

The PDFs tab will give you a list of PDF files that you can open individually.

When a PDF is opened, you have a number of basic PDF navigation features.

You can scroll the PDF using either your controller or mouse wheel, or jump between pages using the up and down arrows in the top left.

You can also change the zoom level using the magnifying glasses.

PDFs

Videos

The Videos tab will show you a list of videos available in the lesson.

The playback controls once a video is opened are located at the bottom of the screen.

Here, you can pause and play the video, change the video play speed, and set it to loop or not.

You can also skip to a certain part of the video by clicking and dragging on the slider.

Videos

Websites

The Websites tab will show any websites you've added to the lesson. There are also two default pages - google search, and the edify Support pages.

You can navigate websites as you normally would by pressing on links, dropdown menus and tabs.

You can also enter text into the website by using your keyboard in desktop and VR (and the virtual keyboard in VR, when it is available).

Websites

Additional Tools

All 2D content can also be used with the edify Whiteboard Tools. These come with a number of shapes and other features that can be added directly on top of your content, and will continue to expand into new types of 2D content. To learn how to use the whiteboard tools, check out this guide.

Additional Tools

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