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We’re giving myViewBoard for Windows a couple of new enhancements this holiday season.
Introducing the Koershoekmeter tool
We’ve added yet another Math tool to your teaching arsenal: the koershoekmeter tool. Use the koershoekmeter tool to measure angles higher than 180 degrees. The term “koershoekmeter” is actually Dutch, which literally translates to “course calculator”.
To insert the koershoekmeter tool, launch myViewBoard for Windows, then click the Magic Box icon on the main toolbar. On the Magic Box toolbar, click the Tools icon. Click the koershoekmeter from the available tools.
To use the tool:
- Click and drag the hand icon to move the angle hand.
- The tool displays the angle of rotation as the hand icon moves.
- Click the icon to close.
In real-world applications, this tool is usually part of other tools such as the Breton plotter or the Portland Course plotter and is used to determine angles when plotting courses on maps for navigation or chartwork, which can be a really useful skill to teach your students.
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Remapped Keyboard Shortcuts
Did you know that you can use keyboard shortcuts in myViewBoard for Windows?
For example, open myViewBoard for Windows and press the following keys on your keyboard to switch tools:
In this month’s release, we’ve remapped the keys so they’re more consistent with how you use Windows. For a full list of available keyboard shortcuts, head over to the keyboard shortcuts entry on the wiki.
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We’ve also updated a few things on the backend to make your myViewBoard experience better:
- Users are now required to sign before using YouTube search, Image search, and Immersive Reader.
- Added option to save the current Pop Quiz session in a folder of a local or cloud drive.
- When saving, audio links inside .vboard files are saved as embedded files.
Additionally, we’ve made a few tweaks to some of the existing tools:
- The Page Manager UI has been redesigned based on PowerPoint’s slide management layout.
- The UX of the text editor has been reworked.
- Added a transparency adjustment slider on the 3D dice and XY graph tools.
- Added a color selection option for the pen on the XY graph tool.
- Embed browser now has better multi-language support for websites that require the feature.
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New Original Content and Backgrounds
We’ve also added new complimentary content and backgrounds that you can use in your lessons. The new lessons are as follows:
- Turkey Word Search. We got into the spirit of Thanksgiving with a fun word search game. Practice vocabulary and learn about Thanksgiving at the same time.
- Thankful Turkey Math. This content was a fun way to reinforce basic math during the Thanksgiving holidays. Add it to your lessons for next year!
- Combine Correspondence. This content uses Carroll and Venn diagrams to develop students’ visual perception.
- Sorting Rings. Students categorize various data sets using Carroll and Venn diagrams to sort, compare, and classify.
- Difference of 2 sets. Encourage students to think deeply about the connections between two or more complex concepts.
- About the Moon. The Moon doesn’t emit light itself, the ‘moonlight’ we see is actually the Sun’s light reflected off the lunar surface.
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As this year comes to a close, we invite you to have a look at how myViewBoard has evolved by having a quick recap of all the ‘what’s new’ posts we’ve made this year:
To learn more about myViewBoard, head over to our Wiki at http://wiki.myviewboard.com.
That’s all for now. Happy holidays, everyone!