Today’s guest post is written by Anthony DiLemme, an 8th Grade Science Teacher from Hespe
ria, California. I’ve included a short bio of Anthony at the end of this post. You can Follow him @anthonydilemme
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As a second year teacher in a fairly new school, I feel very fortunate to be equipped with a Prome
thean board which links directly to my laptop. I can write on the ‘smart’ board and manipulate my desktop from the board. These types of boards are pricey, and many teachers do not have the option of getting one installed. However, many teachers do have an option of creating their own ‘smart’ boards with a few affordable tools:
- Ipad (or other tablet)
- Laptop/ Desktop
- Classroom projector with HDMI cable
- WIFI Connection
- Splashtop Desktop Connect (or similar remote desktop software)
Many teachers currently have access to these items. The Splashtop Desktop Connect software can be downloaded for fewer than ten dollars at http://www.splashtop.com/splashtop2. The streamer is downloaded to the computer, and the app is downloaded to the tablet. Follow instructions provided by the website to sync the two devices. The user can sync the tablet to multiple computers in any location as long as each device is powered on and hooked up to an Internet connection.
Once synced, the user will be able to open the app and view and manipulate their desktop from their tablet. The Splashtop app has some very user-friendly hand gestures. Touching the tablet manipulates the mouse. There is also a keyboard tab that can be pulled up on the app. The desktop is being displayed via the projector, and the tablet controls the computer remotely.