Hello and welcome to this week’s blog post where we will be concentrating on one of the new features in Contribute Cloud -Teacher Cast & Video. Traditional casting as we have seen before is normally confined to home products such as ChromeCast dongles and Apple TVs – with Contribute Cloud we changed the landscape in being able to do this without the need of additional hardware. We’ve now gone even further with the introduction of Teacher Cast.

Teacher Cast & Video is the ability for the presenter or teacher to broadcast video and audio to the connected participants or students. Or, they are also able to cast their screens out from their own computer to the connected Students or participants. The reason that you would want to do this is firstly taking video, would enable distance learning or remote presentations. Secondly, by being able to cast their screen they can show a 3rd party application or webpage by leaving Contribute Cloud and the participants or students would be able to see it.

To give more of a detailed example, say the teacher wanted to show the student something in Microsoft Excel. They would start the teacher cast then open Microsoft Excel. They would be navigating away from the Contribute Cloud browser but that is not a problem as they are “casting” their screens out to the students. This means that the students can now see the Excel sheet on their own machines – Teacher Cast – it’s simple but so powerful!

So how do you do this in Contribute Cloud?

Take a look at this short video and it will explain all.

To start this, the presenter or teacher needs to turn on their video feed by clicking on the phone icon.

Then, they need to unmute their microphone as by default it is muted. (if it is red, it is muted) At any time, you can turn the video off by clicking on the video tab. If it is blue, it is enabled, red, disabled.

To switch to displaying the presenter/teacher’s screen, click on the screen icon. (second from left) You can then choose which screen to share. Your participants will now see the shared screen on their own devices.

Please note you cannot show video and screen sharing at the same time, it is either or scenario.

When you are finished, to “hang up” you click on the phone icon again.

About Contribute Cloud

Contribute Cloud Software enables content delivery, collaboration, Casting and Multi-Casting all through a FREE cloud-based platform. Simply add your content, share it with your students or colleagues and they are able to collaborate with you – all through a browser. Import content from popular file formats and even other brands of interactive whiteboards and LEDs’ software.