A classroom display portal

This is truly a cool “all in one” utility for your classroom – if you have a way to display your computer screen, whether it be a data projector, an interactive whiteboard, a huge external monitor, a television screen connected, or something else.

Actually, if it is something else, I’d like to know what it is.

Nothing has made the chalkboard more obsolete than other ways to display notes and information in a class.  Typically, you think of a presentation created by Slides or Powerpoint or whatever…

It gets more sophisticated when you use that display device to show the output from a program so that students can follow along, engage in the process and predict what comes next, or all kinds of things.

Beyond the presentation part, people with interactive whiteboards might typically use the software that comes with it to create a presentation or an interactive activity.

Normally, when you think about doing that, you think about one specific activity.

What if you could have it all?  Or, at least more of them just a tap or a click away?  That’s what the ClassroomScreen tries to do.

Visiting the site gives you a beautiful background

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But the key to this is at the bottom of the screen.

There’s a collection of buttons there to do various things.

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  • Change language
  • Change background
  • Randomly pick student names
  • Check the sound
  • Show a QR code
  • Create drawings
  • Enter text
  • Remind students what sort of activity they’re engaged in
  • Display a street light
  • Show a timer
  • Display the current time

Suggestions about how to use each of the widgets are available from the top left hamburger menu.  The widgets are not locked into one particular activity.  Your imagination will give you all kinds of ideas about how to use them.

Everything is accessible via a click on one or more of the buttons in the widget bar.  The only challenge I had when using it was trying to close a widget.  I kept thinking the top right character in it would do the trick but that’s actually an icon to move the widget around on the screen.  To close the object, you return to the widget bar where you’ll see a red X attached to the button for that purpose.

There is a YouTube channel located here with some suggestions to get you started.

You’ll be up and running in no time.

Give it a try and see if it doesn’t fit nicely into your classroom flow.

Oh, and if you wish to return to your traditional way of using your display, ALT-TAB still works nicely!

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