Several staff have been asking if there is a way to show themselves writing on paper/diagrams during a Collaborate Ultra session, as they are finding the virtual whiteboard difficult to write on clearly with a mouse.
Rather than going out and buying expensive extra equipment, it is possible to use your smart phone or tablet as a camera and share this screen to your computer (known as screen casting).
What you need?
- iPhone/iPad/Android phone/Android tablet
- Screen casting application on your computer
- This article outlines several free applications you can download for iPhone/iPad
- For Android phones you can use Smart View (Samsung). On your PC go to settings > system > projecting to this PC and then add the optional feature ‘wireless display’.
- Tripod for your device (or if you have kids at home, get them to build you a stand out of Lego! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S3pPIarKFRE)
- Something like this is great https://joby.com/us-en/gorillapod-flexible-camera-tripods/
TIP (Mac Users)
Isaac Balbin, School of Science, has provided the following to mirror your iPhone to your Mac:
The zero cost (and easy) way to mirror your iPad or iPhone onto a Mac is
- Connect your iPad or iPhone with cable to your Mac
- On your Mac, open quicktime
- In quicktime open “New Movie Recording”
- Depress the Red record button to then choose to the “record” source to be from your iPad or iPhone
- Open your favourite app to scribble (or whatever) on your favourite app on you iPad or iPhone
- Share that Mac screen with either MS Teams or Ultra or whatever (you don’t need to record from the Mac)
Demo of mirroring your phone to your PC
Once you have your device talking to your computer watch this short video on how to screen cast during your Collaborate Ultra Session.
This solution and guide was co-created with Sara Eagle, Educational Developer, L&T team, SoENG.
Here’s a solution to DIY tripod provided by Steve Dowey, SoENG.
To see other great solutions for DIY tripods have a look at the conversation on the School of Engineering Yammer site
You might also be interested in:
- Solutions Lab 3 – Live annotating in Collaborate
Varinder Sohi (Viny) demonstrated how he is using an iPad and iPencil to annotate his slides live in Collaborate Ultra. Through the use of a simple App called Airbeam, he is able to stream his iPad screen to the Collaborate presentation panel, unlocking a range of powerful tools to engage his students. As a result he is able to give more dynamic/interactive presentations in Powerpoint and to inspire students with Augmented Reality models.
- Creating Screencasts with a DIY Desktop Camera
Nicolas Menicucci, School of Science, has created a DIY desktop camera from an old cardboard box, some toothpicks, blu tack , a light and some white paper. Nicolas captures his calculations and instructions to the students using his iPhone which he mirrors to his PC.