Mirroring your Android tablet with a Chromecast
With a Chromecast, you can mirror your Android tablet in the classroom. A full list of compatible Android tablets and instructions on how to mirror them can be found here. Instructions on setting up the Chromecast can be found here. There are also a few things to be aware of when setting up the Chromecast in a school environment:
- The Chromecast requires a HDMI input. If your projector does not have one, you can use a HDMI-to-VGA adapter such as this.
- The Chromecast only supports 2.4 GHz wireless networks. So make sure it is not on a wireless network that is 5 GHz only.
- Client isolation will need to be disabled on the wireless network so that your Chromecast and Android tablet can communicate with each other.
- There is no password or PIN ability to lock down the Chromecast to prevent other people from mirroring to it while you are. Depending on how you want the Chromecast to be used, you may want to put it and the Android tablet on a separate wireless network from what students are on.
- If you are still having issues with the Chromecast, make sure your school filter is not possibly blocking some Google servers that you are not aware of.
Chrome, Classroom, Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Play Books and YouTube
Annotating / Interactive Whiteboard
Explain Everything, Papyrus, Rube, Skitch, and Xodo PDF Reader and Annotator
Nearpod, Plickers, and Socrative Teacher
Controlling your classroom PC or Mac with your Android tablet
By using an app called Splashtop, you can remotely control your PC or Mac from your Android tablet. This will allow you to still use your PC or Mac, and all existing software on it, while being mobile in your classroom. If you do not have interactive whiteboard software already available, you can also download Open-Sankore, which is free.
Alternatively, you can use the Chrome Remote Desktop app to do this instead of Splashtop. As of right now, it doesn't have some features that Splashtop has like being able to tap on the tablet and have the cursor jump to that location.
So that is a look at how you can use Android tablets as an interactive whiteboard alternative. It is a great solution to look into if you are thinking about buying or replacing interactive whiteboards in the classroom.