Wednesday, March 28, 2012

ScreenLeap - Share your computer screen with others

On the occasion when you are teaching in a room that does not have a projector unit, you can still share your computer screen with your students. There are many sites that can do this but today I am going to talk about using a website called Screenleap.  Screenleap requires no downloads, no installs and best of all is that it is FREE! You can share your screen with any device that has a browser. That means this can work with students who are using an iPod, iPad, netbook, laptop, desktop or smartphone. 

To use this site, the teacher goes to Once there, you click on the large green button that says, "Share your screen now!". Your first time in the site, you will have to click on the yellow button the appears at the top of the screen that says, "Always run on this site". Then a box will appear and you have to click the Run button. This is only for the first usage of the day. After that the program will launch automatically. 

To get students to see your screen, they have two options. You can email them the link that screenleap provides you with or students themselves can go to and type in the numeric code that is on your site. 

To control what students see from your screen, you have a small controller on your desktop. You can select students to see your entire screen or the area inside of a rectangle that you can drag around your screen. You can pause the sharing or completely stop the sharing. 

Reasons to use screen sharing in your classroom?

  • Tutorials/demonstrations
  • How-To's
  • Digital Storytelling

Free, simple and easy to use. 

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