How to create EDB files
EDB files combine the traditional chalkboard with the digital teaching tools. You can think of EDB files as a digital counterpart to the teacher’s whiteboard writings. What makes EDB files stronger and easier is that EDB files can be edited at your convenience, and can be saved and reused whenever you need them.
By taking advantage of EDB files, you can create your own special teaching content that can spice up the class temperature and the engagement with your students! Apart from simple instructional materials, you can have fun teaching activities using EDB files, such as textbook activities, drag and drop activities, board games, etc.
How to create EDB files?
Step 0: Align with your lesson
The first thing you need to think about is the type of of EDB files you need to create. The EDB should be aligned with the lesson content or activities that can identify or explore parts of the lesson content. If possible, design your activities to encourage students to work together.
Step 1: Open ClassIn Blackboard Editor
What makes EDB files special is that you can get every instructional material ready in one file ahead of time. Instead of pulling things together as you teach, you can prepare your EDB files by using the ClassIn Blackboard Editor. The Blackboard Editor supports up to 50 different pages, so you can import objects onto each page at ease.
Step 2: Import text and images
Now, let’s import text and images on the Blackboard Editor. You can type text using the ClassIn text feature to import text, but there are only limited formats available. If you want to format and stylize text, you can use another kind of software, like PowerPoint or Word. Open a software and type letters and format it as you want. Then, copy and paste it on the Blackboard Editor. After pasting it, you can resize the text.
To insert images, you may do the same way. You can prepare all the images in PowerPoint or other software, and copy them into your clipboard and then paste onto the board.
You can also open image files from your local drive by clicking on the image icon in the tool bar on your right.
Alternatively, you can import images from the ClassIn Teaching Material Library. There are 7 categories of clip art images, including English, math, physics, chemistry, biology and music lessons.
Step 3: Lock the images / text
You can lock the images or text to save from being moved or deleted by mistake. To lock it, click on the object and then click the lock icon underneath the object. Each object can be locked separately or as a group. To unlock the image, click on the lock icon again.
Step 4: Image Layers
When a few different images stack over each other on the blackboard, you may want to change the layers. Click on the image and you will see a layering option, bottom and top layer.
You can save space on your blackboard by stacking them, instead of having everything on the blackboard.
Step 4: Save EDB files
When your EDB file is ready, you can save it into your ClassIn cloud drive or your local drive. To do this, click on the teaching tool box in the menu bar, and then click on “Save / Share Board file”. Then, you can choose where to save it. It will be saved in .edb file format, which can be opened onto the ClassIn board.
If your EDB file is saved in your local drive, you can open it by clicking on the “Load Image/Board file” in the teaching tool box.
If your EDB file is saved in your ClassIn Cloud Drive, you can open it from the Cloud Drive.
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