Quick Screen Share: Simple, no-registration-needed screen sharing

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Have you ever been in the situation where someone needs your help on their computer and you aren’t in the same place? Don’t you wish you could just do it for them remotely? There are plenty of options out there, but for a free, cross platform solution that doesn’t require any personal data, try Quick Screen Share. It comes from the same people who make Screencast-O-Matic and is so simple to use. Here are the steps:

  1. Go to Quick Screen Share and choose what you would like to share: your computer screen or the other person’s screen.
  2. Type in your name in the box that naturally reads ‘What’s your name?’ and click on ‘Start’.
  3. Depending on your computer, you may need to allow access to the Java applet at this point. Once it is done, it will display a ‘Ready!’ sign and a URL with a ‘Copy’ button. Click on the copy button to get the full address.
  4. Send that link to the person who has the computer to which you want to connect. Don’t post this link on a public forum like Facebook or Twitter. Email should be fine.
  5. Once the person clicks on the link, they will be taken to a screen that asks their permission to view their screen. Click on ‘OK’ to start the connection. They may be asked for permission from the computer to run the Java applet. Click on ‘Allow’ or ‘Run’ depending on the system.
  6. Once it has finished processing, a dialog box will appear on your screen with a ‘Start’ button. The default is to view it fullscreen, but you can also choose other options from the drop-down menu. Click on ‘Start’ to begin.
  7. The screen will count down and will start with the screen showing on the other computer. The computer that is viewing can ‘Request Control’ by clicking on the appropriate button on the bottom of the screen. When that happens, the other computer will be asked if they want to ‘Allow’ or ‘Deny’ that request. If they allow it, the remote computer can then use the remote mouse and keyboard.
  8. The session can be ended by either side clicking on ‘Done’.
This has a number of uses in education including giving technical help to other teachers, helping students in the lab, or using your own laptop from another part of the room instead of standing next to the desktop computer. I have this problem with our IWB. The computer is in an awkward place and it is easier to remotely access it from my laptop using the wireless network.

Do you have any other ideas? How else could you use this in the classroom? Add you comments below, contact me on Twitter at @nathanghall, or email using the contact page on this website. Thank you! 

 

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