NOTE: I recently learned that although TeamViewer is free to download, in order to use TeamViewer in your classroom there is an expectation that you purchase a license. Please contact TeamViewer about acquiring an individual license if your school is interested in using this service.
You may be thinking… but I have Air Server??? Remember that Air Server allows you to mirror the content on your iPad on to the computer that is connected to your SMARTBoard. TeamViewer allows you to mirror what is on your computer screen on to one or more iPads, tablets or Chromebooks. So why would you want to do that?
I had the pleasure of connecting with Tracy McPherson-Zachar, Itinerant Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing/ Itinerant Teacher of the Blind and Low Vision for AMDSB. She has been looking for a solution to support the children in her care who require a “close-up” copy of the texts they are reading. Tracy and I spent the afternoon experimenting with TeamViewer, which is a free app that allows you to project what is on your computer screen on to one or more devices in your classroom. Of course as Tracy and I talked further I couldn’t help but think if it’s good for one, how might others benefit from this kind of technology?
We all have students who require preferential seating close to the front of the room in order to meet their learning needs. TeamViewer makes it possible now for those students who used to need a “special seat at the front” to interact with text no matter where they are in the classroom.
If you would like TeamViewer downloaded on your computer, you must first purchase a license. Your next step would then be to ask your TRA to submit an eBase request for the install. All that’s left for you to do is download the app on your iPads and follow the on screen instructions to get started.
If you have any questions, or would like to share how you are using TeamViewer in your classroom, please leave a comment below!