“Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is most important.” —Bill Gates

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Splashtop Whiteboard App

Hi! I'm going to tell you today about an app I've been trying out with teachers this week. I'm talking about Splashtop Whiteboard. This is an app for the iPad.

With this app you'll be able to control your computer through the iPad, just like a remote, only that you actually see and touch what's on the computer screen. But that's not all, it includes functions that you would normally find with an interactive whiteboard.

You'll be able to highlight, annotate, draw, spotlight, save the screen, and more! This is great if you don't have an interactive whiteboard and if you are doing a presentation, so you can stand away from your computer.

Besides downloading the app to your iPad device, you will need to download the Splashtop streamer to your computer. Here's the cool part, the streamer is available for Macs, PC's and Linux computers. The connection will be done via Wifi.

The instructions are pretty simple, and come along in the web site and in the quick guides that will show up when you first open up the applications.

The description of the app says you can control your computer from anywhere, even your home, that's something I have yet to try out.

Here's a recommendation of something I discovered. You'll find the sound output coming through the iPad. That's not good if you have a large audience and want to hook up  speakers. Don't worry. Go to the computer's system preferences and make sure the sound output is set to built-in speakers, after that you can hook up the speakers to the computer.

The app costs $19.99, but that's a very small price, compared to what a full interactive whiteboard would cost.

We just started at school with this and we have 12 teachers piloting this option, as opposed to using a regular IWB. If you have any feedback, I'd love to hear from you.


1 comment:

  1. Diana, your tip on using the computer's built-in speakers for output sound was really helpful!

    thank you!