Recently, Google released the Google Cast for Education App. This app is a game-changer in terms of student presentation and collaboration.
The purpose of the app is to allow users to broadcast work from the chrome browser on their device to the screen at the front of the room. It does require that the computer/chromebook attached to your projector/TV have Google Chrome and the Google Cast for Education app.
Watch this video for a quick overview:
For schools who are working 1:1 with Chromebooks, this is an obvious choice in terms of presenting student work, and allowing for collaboration and discussion. But use stretches so far beyond that. Imagine you are in training with teachers, or in a faculty meeting. If a participant has an example of a website or video they are trying to share, you no longer have to worry about having to switch devices, or look up the information on the computer attached to your projector/TV. You can simply allow them to share their Chrome window directly to the Receiver device.
To get started:
- Add the Google Cast for Education App to the Chrome Browser on your Teacher Computer.
- Open the App and setup your Receiver Name
- Click the Share Button
- Add any students or teachers (email addresses) or courses from Google Classroom that are allowed to Cast.
- You are ready to receive Casts.
- Students will need the Google Cast Extension on their Chrome Browser.
- Check with your GAFE Admin about setting this extension up for all students.
- When students are using the Chrome browser, they can click on the Cast extension in their Chrome browser and ask to broadcast their browser or tab to your Google Cast for Education screen.
- When they are finished, they can click Stop Casting.
Try it out this summer and then brainstorm ways you can use it right away at the start of the school year. How will you use it? Leave a comment on this article.