All applications and menus have some additional buttons in the corner of the window. These can be general options or app specific ones. Which corners contain these corner menus can be set in the Configurator.
The profile information is now shown on the inbuilt configurator.
The corner menu is accessed by tapping one of the corner buttons. To select an option, simply tap one of the buttons that appear. If you want to close the menu again without selecting an option, just tap the corner button again.
The following buttons are the basic corner menu buttons in Snowflake. Buttons can be turned on or off via the Configurator
The Sound/No sound button disables or enables the sound.
The Rotate button rotates the interface 180 degrees, ideal for table solutions.
The Annotate button opens Annotate.
The Desktop button minimizes Snowflake and places a button in the bottom of the screen. Pressing this button brings up a menu where you can take a screenshot, maximize Snowflake again or close Snowflake.
The Timer button opens the global timer, which allows users to set a time, and to start, stop and reset the timer.
The Zones button lets you quickly switch to zones mode. Zones allows you to run multiple apps simultaneously.
The zones swap button only shows up when running an app in zones mode. It allows you to switch the app to another zone.
The Screen recording button enables the screen recording. It records all your interactions and activities. All screen recordings are stored in the "Recordings" folder of your app folder(i.e Snowflake MultiTeach/Snowflake Suite) in the Documents folder.
The Spotlight button enables Spotlight, which allows emphasizing one part of the screen at a time, whilst hiding the rest of the screen. It is a fun way of revealing content.
The Colored Overlay button enables a feature that provides a choice of different colors to use as a digital overlay on the screen. This is useful for students who require visual contrast or colored filters to make support reading and other visual tasks. The overlays can be used with Snowflake MultiTeach’s Dyslexia font in the Lessons App and in Lessons Online.
Teachers can use the Guided Access feature to disable certain corner menu options to prevent students from accidentally closing an app or navigate away from their work. This feature is disabled by default and can be enabled with the Configurator that is pre-installed with MultiTeach. The teacher creates a PIN to enable the options. If the PIN is forgotten, it can be reset by restarting Snowflake MultiTeach.
The Close all apps button closes all the current running apps.
The Close button closes Snowflake. It is also used for closing the current app.
The Full screen/Leave full screen button changes an app to an interactable window and back to full screen. You can use this while in zones to make an app fullscreen and back to zones. Click here to learn more about the application window.
The Lock/Unlock button locks or unlocks a windowed app.
The screenshot button allows the users to take a screenshot of any app running in a Zone and then send that screenshot to an app that runs in a different Zone or another computer on the local network that is running Snowflake.
Send feedback button allows the users to quickly send us feedback. It provides a form to enter email (optional) and a text area to enter the feedback.
The education mode switcher switches between elementary and secondary.
The difference between the two modes:
- Elementary education only displays elementary education apps for younger kids and secondary education only displays secondary education apps for older kids.
- The favourite lessons in the main menu are customised for their specific age group (elementary or secondary)
- Bookmarks in the Browser app are targeted towards the correct age group, for example NASA for Kids for elementary and Khan Academy for secondary.
- Elementary and Secondary both have different backgrounds in the main menu
- No elementary education will be shown in the search results when secondary education is selected.
These buttons are only available in the main menu and are enabled via the Configurator.
They change the layout of the main menu in Snowflake.
The Grid menu button
The Sliding menu button
The Rotating menu button
The Carbon menu button
The Custom menu button
The Modern menu button
App specific buttons
Apps may have their own custom menu buttons that are only available within the app. More information about them can be found on individual app pages here.
Examples of app specific corner menu buttons
Menu edit mode
When in Carbon menu, the user can now reconfigure the menu by pressing the menu edit button to go into a configuration mode. In the configuration mode the user can now change the background (including internet search), app names, category names, app placement as well as active/inactive and external apps. This can also be easily disabled for situations where being able to modify settings is not wanted.
Click here to learn more about menu edit mode.