Collaborative Software (Tidebreak)

Supporting interactive and collaborative class presentations and learning activities.

Collaborative Software (Tidebreak) is available in the Project Room spaces in Building 80.

The software is provided by Tidebreak™ and is called ClassSpot (at the teacher’s control station) and TeamSpot (at the wall screens). Staff can start a class via the teacher’s control station or by using the ‘Tidebreak Teacher’s Software’ on their laptop.

Users will have two main collaboration functions available to them – show and share content to single or all wall screens. Students can work on projects together and bring together the content created.

Show – Present content to the class without the ability for changing or editing.

Share – Present content to the class with the ability for editing.

  • Project rooms have a teacher’s control station connected to an AMX controller and touch-screen panel. Wall-mounted flat panel displays (wall screens) are around each room.
  • Collaborative Software, called ClassSpot runs on the teacher’s control station. Teaching staff start and monitor the class from the teacher’s control station.
  • Collaborative Software, called TeamSpot runs on the wall screens. Students join class via their laptop or mobile device to connect to one of the wall screens around the room.
  • Students can join a session using their laptop, smart phone or tablet, when using their laptop students will need to have the ‘Tidebreak Software’ installed. The user guides available at this site will provide the information needed to join a class.
  • An archive is created for each class, including a record of the interactions, information and documents generated during a class. The archive is then available for future classes or outside of class time. The user guides available at this site will provide the information needed create an archive.

Getting started

Collaborative Software (Tidebreak) is available in all Building 80 Project Rooms.

Staff will require an RMIT logon id to log into the teacher’s control station and start a class. Staff can also obtain the ‘Tidebreak Teacher’s Software’ on their laptops.

Students will require a laptop, smart phone or tablet that is connected to the RMIT-University wireless network.

Laptop users will also require the ‘Tidebreak Software’ and will have access to all functions.

Smart phone and tablet users do not require the ‘Tidebreak Software’ and will be able to join a class; share a URL and make comments to the archive only.

The user guides available at this site will provide the information needed to obtain the software and get started.

Good practice

Remember to create an archive of your class materials at the conclusion of each class session and save this to an accessible location. See the User Guide for detailed instructions on archiving.

Close down the class as per the user guide instructions, this allows the system to cleanly start for the next class.

User guides