It's a strong habit for teachers to share their screens to present content and materials but before trying to share your screen, consider if embedding the resource on the whiteboard would be a better tool for the job.
Why embed materials on the whiteboard instead of sharing your screen?
When you upload a PDF, video, YouTube link, etc., into the Lesson Library and load this into the whiteboard, you will find that it encourages a more collaborative & interactive class.
Embedding a saved resource uses less internet bandwidth (not requiring an additional video stream), so you can expect much better performance on slow connections.
Annotations are saved to the page vs just the transparent layer, so they are also saved in the post-class review.
This is why we still recommend embedding materials on the whiteboard.
If you'd like to share your screen, here is how to do it:
1. Click on the green Screen Share button (bottom right corner), and then click on the Screen Share option.
2. Choose the application screen or browser tab you'd like to share and click Share
3. Click Stop when you're done, or close the tab.
How does the screen share feature work in different browsers?
Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge offer the best user experience when using this feature.
When utilising these browsers, users will be able to choose which tab to share and allow audio to be shared as well. We strongly recommend using one of these browsers if you plan to screen-share during your class.
Firefox only allows users to choose which screen to share and doesn't allow users to choose to share audio.
Safari only allows users to share the active screen they're on, producing a tiling mirror effect:
Note: You will experience this effect in other browsers if you choose to share the same tab as the classroom instead of another app or tab.
Screen sharing tips and notes:
Screen sharing on mobile devices, including tablets, isn't currently supported.
Both you and your students will be able to annotate on the shared screen.
Use 'Full-screen mode' to make it larger and easier to work on.
If you don't see the option to screen share when in class, please make sure to switch your class to the green server from the right panel on your class settings.
Video on How to Share Your Screen on LearnCube
Please check out this 2-minute video but note that the user interface has been updated.
(Please note that the screen sharing button is currently located at the bottom right of the whiteboard, and this video was made previously to that update. The rest of the features described are still accurate).