Sunday, September 1, 2013

Control Your Computer with a Mobile Device Using Splashtop

Are you in a classroom without an interactive whiteboard? 

Do you have a smart phone or tablet that you'd like to put to use in the classroom?

Try Splashtop today... with Splashtop, you can control your computer desktop using your iPad or iPhone as you wander around your classroom... this is a great opportunity to "untether"and monitor your students while using your computer and projector.

To get started, download the app for either the iPad or iPhone... you can also find the Android version. Currently, the iPhone version is free. It's typically $4.99... from what I can tell, the iPad version is not on sale right now and runs at $6.99... but the phone version will give you a taste to see if it's something that you're interested in trying!

After you have downloaded the correct app, visit the Splashtop site and download the Streamer from the website... it's available for Mac and PC.

Once you have downloaded both pieces, you can start streaming. You simply create an account and enter your password on the device that you'll be controlling your desktop from and you're in business. The only potential downside is that you have to be connected to the same network... There may be a way to get around this, but I haven't tried it. 

How do I use this tool?
  • Control presentations from my iPhone as I wander the room
  • Students "play" digital games on my computer from the iPad or my phone
  • Show videos from my computer- press play, control the volume... etc.
Anything that I would do on my computer, I can do from my iPad or phone from any spot in the classroom. I just love that I have the opportunity to "rove" and keep tabs on my little ones while still utilizing my computer and projector.

I'm not sure how long this app will be free, so if you're interested in trying it out, hop on over to the iTunes store or Google Play Store and download it today!

Have you tried using Splashtop? How do you use it in your classroom?

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    1. I can't believe this is free! It's exactly what I've been looking for! I've tried it a little bit right now and it worked perfectly! Thanks for letting us know about it.