How to use the Jitsi webinar room

Your Calibrae for Schools virtual classroom has its own built-in webinar meeting room for teachers and pupils to meet online with video, voice and screen-share. Take a look at these top tips to get the best out of your webinar meet experience.

  • Accessing the webinar meeting room (large screen)
  • Accessing the webinar meeting room (phone or small tablet)
  • Identify yourself
  • Toggle views
  • Sharing your desktop
  • Explore mode
  • Full-screen mode
  • Mute/unmute your voice & start/stop your camera
  • Raise your hand
  • Poor quality - low bandwidth? Change settings
  • Teacher controls - placing everyone on mute & removing participants
  • Support for iOS

Feel free to share this page with other webinar participants

Accessing the webinar meeting room (computer)

From a large-screen device click the Join class webinar button (if enabled by the teacher) to join the class webinar room.

The teacher may also have added a group webinar activity to today's activities. Click the group webinar activity to enter the group webinar.

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Now that you are in the webinar room, you will be able to see and speak to other people in the room!

Accessing the webinar meeting room (phone or small tablet)

Phones and tablets may need to install a plug-in in order to access classroom webinars. From the Your Courses dashboard...

  • Click to enter a virtual classroom. Because a phone or small tablet has a small screen, the activity menu is hidden away to the left.
  • Click the Open Activity Navigation button to show the class's activities, including a link to the classroom's webinar.
  • Click the Webinar button to enter the class webinar room

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  • When prompted, click Join to enter the webinar room.

Some phone and tablet devices may require a Jitsi plugin to be installed. If prompted...

  • Click Download the app (or similar instruction), and follow the prompts to install the plugin.

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Most devices require permission to access your video camera and audio microphone.

  • Allow permissions.

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You will then be added to the webinar meeting.

  • Try your meeting in portrait and landscape mode. See which works best for you.

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Problems accessing the device camera or microphone?

Take a look at www.calibrae.com/help-article/cant-enable-microphone-camera-on-jitsi for help accessing your device's camera or microphone.

Identify yourself

It is helpful to see the names of everyone in the meeting room. If you haven't done so already, set a meeting room name for yourself.

  • Hover your mouse over the webinar pane so that the webinar menu icons appear.
  • Click the three dots for the main menu
  • Click Settings
  • Click the Profile tab
  • Enter your name
  • Click OK

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Toggle views

Each user chooses how to see the video of others in the webinar room. You can choose between seeing everyone in equal-sized video screens, or one main video screen that automatically shows the active speaker with smaller images of group members to the side.

To toggle to your preferred view...

  • hover your mouse over the webinar pane so that the webinar menu icons appear,
  • click the toggle views button.

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Sharing your desktop

Any member of the room can share their desktop with everyone else in the room. A teacher may share a PowerPoint presentation, an image, a whiteboard session, a doc, a web page, etc. Everything that the teacher sees on their screen will also be seen by the group.

To share your screen with the group...

  • Hover your mouse over the webinar pane so that the webinar menu icons appear.
  • Click the Share your screen icon.

The images below show the laptop and phone views.

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  • Click the Share your screen icon again to stop sharing.


Teachers may ask pupils to share their screens with the group.

Explore mode

With a webinar meeting established, pupils can simultaneously go and explore the day's activities. When exploring, the webinar video switches from the main activity area to a minimised view in the top corner, but still maintains the video and audio call. The explore view enables teachers to guide pupils through the activities of the day.

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  • Click Large to exit Explore mode and return the minimised webinar video to the main activity area.

Explore mode is not supported on small-screen devices.

Full-screen mode

For a bigger view of the webinar, click the Fullscreen button.

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Press the Esc key on your keyboard to go back to the regular view.

Mute/unmute your voice and start/stop your camera

Each group member can mute and unmute their microphones and can start and stop their cameras by clicking the Mic &  Camera buttons.

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Instructors can mute everyone else in the group - sometimes useful when there is excessive background noise.

Raise your hand

With the group on mute, the raised hand feature allows pupils to attract the attention of the teacher, perhaps to ask a question. To attract the teacher's attention, pupils click the Raise hand icon.

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A raised hand icon appears in the thumbnail image of the pupil.

Poor quality - low bandwidth? Change settings

In low-bandwidth areas, high-quality video and audio may overload the connection, making the webinar experience unacceptable. In such cases try lowering the quality settings.

  • Hover your mouse over the webinar pane so that the webinar menu icons appear.
  • Click the three dots for the main menu
  • Click Manage video quality
  • Select a lower quality setting
  • Click Done

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Instructor

Instructors have control to place everyone on mute and to remove pupils from the webinar room.

Support for iOS

Apple devices such as iPhones and iPads are supported from iOS version 11 and upwards (typically devices since 2017). Apple devices before iOS version 11 are not supported.