Module 4 – Website Basics

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Step 1: Explore Independently

Estimated time to complete: 15 min.

Before you can start using an online tutoring platform with a client, you need to know how it works!  This week we’ll be working with Join.Me which is a video conferencing software with screen share and participant mouse control.


Join.Me is a free and paid online video conferencing software.  The free version has most of the tools that you’ll need like video and screen share, however after your third free session they require you to register 14-day trial of pro version.  

The paid version adds features like participant mouse control, recording, scheduling, larger groups of participants, and international calling. allows you to use interactive websites like Whizzimo or even  You can easily share the screen with your client and even give them control of the mouse so you can interact with objects on your screen.

The biggest difference between and other screen sharing tools we have explored together is the ability to give mouse control of your computer to your client. In other screen sharing platforms, the person doing the screen sharing has mouse control. The other user is a viewer only. If you want the student to control the screen for a website or game, the student would have to screen share.

A note about the audio:

Computer:  To get your audio to work, click on the phone icon in the upper left hand corner.  Select the audio format you want to use and click the remember box.

iPad and iPhone:  Tap on the phone icon.  A dialog box comes up asking for permission to use your microphone.  Tap okay.

A note about video:

Computer:  Click on the camera icon to the left and next to the phone icon.  Select your camera.  Click the with audio box at the bottom and then connect.

iPhone and iPad:  You will need to download the free app located in the app store prior to joining the session.

It is important to know that video does not work when using the iPhone and iPad. iPhone and iPad users will have access to the whiteboard, screen share, and audio only.

You may like the whiteboard tool available on the iPad. You may find handwriting is easier than a mouse with a computer. You could use both your computer and iPad at the same time so that video is available on the computer and you can write on the whiteboard using the iPad.

For those of you wanting an easier way for students to share their work, you may like the iPad whiteboard tool. If students have an iPad they can do their work on the whiteboard and share it with you. Try it out.

How to Explore Join.Me Platform

Path 1:  If you prefer the hands on approach to learning, jump into and explore on your own without guidance.  Select start meeting.  Set aside 20 minutes and try out each tool included within  Don’t forget to fill in your Comparison Tool as you explore (use the other column).

Path 2:  If you prefer to learn by reading step by step, you can do that too! Read the steps provided by Join.Me before trying it out for yourself. Here are some resources to help you get started:

Videos and PDF guides:  Join.Me makes it easy to get started with a large library of videos and PDF guides.  It covers topics from audio, screen sharing, and how the whiteboard works (only available on iPads).  Do yourself a favor and scroll all the way down to Infographics and read Will Your Meeting Suck?  It gave me a good laugh.  This company has a sense of humor!

Support:  Get directions on how to start a meeting via a PC or mac, get your audio sounding awesome, and learn about sharing mouse control.  Each link has step by step instructions with pictures.  Super helpful!


Step 2: Website Basics

Estimated time to complete: 40 min.
What does your website say about you?

I once got a phone call from an interested parent. He had found me via a school tutor list online. His story was rather surprising. He had called several tutors who either didn’t your pick up their phone or were so awkward that he didn’t know what to think. He then came to my name on the list and saw that I had a website. After reviewing my website, he decided to call me. He said, “I could tell from your website that you mean business, that this is your passion.”

A website can be a great promoter for you. It’s available around the clock. Your website can guide and direct—it can even make a parent decide they want to work with you before they even call! That is powerful.

Watch the video above and then move onto step 3.


Step 3: Begin or Review Website

Estimated time to complete: 1.5 Hours
Websites should be regularly updated and maintained.  This week, we’d like you to begin a website or review/update your current site.

Don’t have a website?  Follow these steps:

You may or may not be able to build a website this week.  This depends on your time, your comfort level, and how quickly you can gather items together for your site.  Plan on working on your site for the remainder of OTS.  You can always post in our community for help if you get stuck.

Have a website?  Follow these steps:

Start with Google document 4d. Website – Improve.  

Websites should be updated frequently as trends change and technology evolves.  Take time to look at your website objectively and try working on one area this week with your website.  If you are interested in doing a total rebuild of your website, you can explore the other documents inside this lesson.

Step 4: Plan a 5-10 Minute Online Lesson

Estimated time to complete: 30 min.
Create a 5 – 10 minute lesson.

Create a 5 – 10 minute lesson using  

Download Your Plan and Reflect Sheet here.


Step 5: Improve Your Online Tutoring Invitation

Estimated time to complete: 15 min.
Remember, every new online tutoring session may require a different invitation to join.  You may be using a different software or the link to the online classroom may change. In addition, you can provide tech help that will prevent any difficulties that may have occurred in previous sessions.

Many of you have asked about how to share the link for your tutoring session. Your invitation is meant to share the link along with any other information you think the client should know or do prior to your tutoring session. The link makes joining the session easier. The student won’t have to type it into their URL bar. They can simply click on the link and join the session.

Step 6: Deliver Your 5-10 min. Online Lesson

Estimated time to complete: 1 Hour
Now it is go time!  Use the Google Plus community to post a link to your invitation.  Feel free to use the Doodle scheduler to tag tutors in your post to invite them to your session.  Or if you see another tutor requesting a time that works for you, comment and join with them to take turns practicing your lessons.

It is important to remember, both the client and tutor roles during this process are important. As a tutor, you will practice delivering a lesson online. As a client, you will experience the platform from a client’s perspective. Pay attention to each experience and use what you learn to better guide your future lessons online.

  • Make sure you and your partner have an agreed upon time to meet online. Decide who will deliver the first lesson.
  • Both tutors should send their invitation prior to the lesson.
  • The first client should follow the directions in the invitation to join the first tutor’s online classroom at the agreed upon time.
  • At the end of the first lesson, discuss the reflective questions listed at the bottom of this section and take notes.
  • Once you have reflected on the first lesson, the second client should follow the directions in the invitation to join the second tutor’s online classroom.
  • At the end of the second lesson, discuss the reflective questions listed at the bottom of this section and take notes.

Reflective Questions to Discuss with Your Partner

  1. Did your online invitation work smoothly? What changes would you make for future invites? Why?
  2. Did you experience any technical difficulties? How will you prevent or manage them in the future?
  3. Were you able to include more than one platform (screen share and whiteboard)? How did it go? What questions do you have?
  4. Did your lesson go as you planned? What changes would you make for future lessons?
  5. Do you have any questions about how to make your lesson go better?


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