Those who are new to Blackboard Collaborate web conferencing should spend time getting comfortable with assigning and revoking permissions on the fly to both individual participants and all participants simultaneously as a way to help reduce bullying in your virtual classroom. Page Explorer empowers teachers to easily monitor whiteboard activities in all rooms. When students are without teacher supervision it becomes harder for those bullies to resist the urge to lash out. Teachers can safely send student to break out rooms to work together in smaller groups while still keeping an eye on the situation in all break out rooms at once. Page Explorer shows a thumbnail live view of all whiteboard pages in one place. Teacher can be in the main room or break out room helping some students who may be stuck while keeping the other eye (or teacher’s assistant’s eyes) on the rest of the whiteboard activity across the web conferencing session. So a teacher could see when content is being added to the whiteboard, look at the activity indicators to know instantly who is adding that content. To get an even closer look at the whiteboard objects and their creators check out Objects Explorer. Object Explorer empowers teachers to see who did what on the whiteboard. Go to any page in any room to open that pages Object Explorer. The Object Explorer allows you to easily take an inventory of objects and its creator. If a bully has left something inappropriate on the whiteboard I suggest immediately removing their whiteboard permission then select and delete the inappropriate object. If you need to, take a snapshot of the Object Explorer for a later discussion with the bully or his/her parents. In the next blog entry I will explore more web conferencing features that help educators spend less time on bullies and more time getting everyone educated. Look for private chat, removing bullies from the session and how to lock them out of the web conferencing in the next installment of this series. Until then, be nice! How have you utilized Collaborate features to prevent and manage bullying?