Earlier this year Google greatly upgraded the functionality of their screen casting abilities and decided to gear it directly for the education environment!
What it does
In short, Google Cast for Education is a free Chrome app that allows students and teachers to share their screens wirelessly from anywhere in the classroom. Cast for Education carries video and audio across complex school networks, has built-in controls for teachers, and works seamlessly with Google Classroom.
How it works
The Cast for Education app runs on the teacher’s computer that’s connected to the classroom projector, and it doesn't require new hardware. Teachers receive casts through the Cast for Education app, and students share their screens using the latest version of the Cast feature in Chrome.
How to set it up
As with most of the common functionality Google provides with their G Suite for Education tools, it actually couldn't be easier to get up and running. Whether your device is connected to a projector via a cable, or you are already synced up with something like an AppleTV, all you need to do is get the app installed and add your students to the cast.
Once the app is installed on both the teacher's and students' devices, you'll need to set up the teacher's device first. Simply open the app and give it a name. This can be the name of your classroom, or anything that is identifiable to your class. After a name has been chosen, click "Save", followed by "Share". You can now type in the name of a predefined class (from Google Classroom) or individual student email addresses to invite.
You'll want to set the access restriction for your students that are invited. Can present allows students to cast any time the app is open, while Can request only allows students to request casting. These requests show up in a queue on the teacher device.
Once all of this is set up, all students have to do is click the Cast icon in their toolbar and select the classroom or cast name the teacher had already defined earlier. If no icon is present, click Menu or Moreand click Cast.
There isn't anything else to getting up and running quickly with Google Cast for Education, it really is that straight forward. We recommend you try it out for yourself! This is so easy to setup and play around with that it doesn't make any sense not to at least give it a test drive. One last note, did we mention it's FREE?
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