Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Clone Board

I just found a great free app. It's called CloneBoard. We have been trying to figure out how to mirror the image of a tablet onto a PC that is hooked to the SmartBoard so that kids in math classes could work problems on the tablets and it show up on the screen and, therefore, the SmartBoard. We have also been trying to do it on the cheap. There are a million apps to control the computer from the tablet, but almost nothing to mirror it the other way around. Enter CloneBoard. When you open the app, it gives you a web address. If you go to that web address on your computer, you can watch what you are writing/drawing on the tablet.
There is a little lag time of course, but it seemed to work pretty well when I was testing it. Of course, using it in the classroom will be the true test. The 6th grade math teachers will be getting their tablets in the next week or so and we will get them set up, and then give it a real test. In case you are wondering, I have a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1, which is what the math teachers ordered as well (Thank goodness, because you really don't want to get me started on my refusal to use apple products when there is ANY alternative). I will warn you that the free version does have ads. I have only seen ads for things like YouTube, so nothing inappropriate. However, if it works well, we will probably "invest" the $0.99 to get the non-ad version.