Just as teaching in a physical classroom, you'll want to use different class setups, formats and "modes" in order to create the most effective learning environment.
You can use LearnCube classroom modes to achieve this:
Access is only available to the teacher and from the top of the page.
1 - Standard mode (default)
You're already familiar with this!
2 - Conversation mode
The "Conversation mode" is great for just that - chatting, building rapport and when you don't need the whiteboard.
In the Conversation mode, make sure you take advantage of the grid selection option at the bottom to switch between small thumbnail videos for more than 4, larger thumbnails when you have less than 5 students, or fit to screen which will automatically resize the thumbnails to best suit the class size.
3 - Whiteboard-only mode:
If you don't need the video or want to focus the student's on the materials or whiteboard, use our "Whiteboard-only mode".
This still has the video, but the whiteboard can take up almost the entire screen.
This is also particularly good if on a smartphone where the video can be a distraction.