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How to Cast from your Chromebook to your Smartboard/Screen/TV
Tip: Read these directions all the way through before beginning. Follow the steps in order, first set up the desktop then the Chromebook.
Set up your desktop computer:
- Log on to your desktop computer, open the Chrome Browser, and sign in to Chrome. The Chrome sign in at in the top right corner of the screen, 3 tabs over from the RED X box that closes everything. It has a tab with a silhouette of a person. If you are logged in, it will list your first name. You cannot proceed if you are not signed into Chrome.
- In the upper right corner of the browser, screen click on the Google Cast for Education icon. This icon is to the left of the Three Dots. It is a green rectangle with lines.
If your computer does not have this green box, search for Google Cast for Education
and install the add on. The green box will then appear. Click on this box.
- A grey dialog box will appear with a settings box embedded.
- Under the Receiver name enter the name of the computer in the room you are in.
- To find the name click on the start button>Computer>then look on the lower left of the screen. The name of the computer you are on will (most likely) follow this convention: YourSchool-Your Room-T1. So, if you are in the High School in room S194 you might see 7-S194-T1 That would be the name of the computer you are on.
- Leave the checkmarks as they are. You do not need to display background images from the web.
- Click Save
- For you to cast to your smartboard you DO NOT have to add any people, so you can close the “who has access” box that appears. (You CAN play with those settings to have your students cast or for you to cast directly to their Chromebooks...up to you)
Set up your Chromebook:
- To begin, you will need full wifi access, you should log onto OPEN, not PSK..
- Log into your Chromebook and sign in to Chrome (see step # 1 above).
- On your Chromebook launch the Chrome web browser and click on the three vertical dots in the upper right corner of the Chrome browser screen.
- Choose “Cast” from the dropdown list.
- In the blue section of the box, you will see the words “Cast To” with an arrow next to it
- Select the arrow and choose whether you are going to cast your entire desktop or just a tab. *See below for an explanation of each
- Next, select the computer of the room you are in that you are going to Cast to.
- You should now see your Chromebook Screen on your desktop computer monitor.
If your desktop is attached to your Projector or TV, and it is already on, you should see your Chromebook screen being projected.
Ending the Casting Session:
- On your Chromebook select the blue icon next to the three vertical dots in your chrome browser window.
- In the dialog box that appears choose “Stop” to end the session.
- If you look at the dialog box on your Chromebook, it should indicate the name of the computer you are casting to. If you click on the arrow to the left of that name, the title will change to Cast to with a down arrow next to it. Click on the down arrow and you will see the options Cast tab or Cast desktop.
If you have multiple tabs open you can choose to cast only one. If you, as the “caster” move between tabs on your Chromebook, the “viewer” will still only see the original projected tab being projected. You can tell which of your tabs is the “live” cast because a blue cast icon will appear next to the name of your tab.
If you choose the desktop option the image projected will change along with you as you move through the tabs on your Chromebook.
Troubleshooting: If your first attempt to cast fails, restart the Chromebook, check the wifi, and begin again. This should fix the connection.
If your Chromebook gives the option to Enable Cloud Serving, ENABLE IT.
Here is a video we took of your colleagues learning how to cast. This is full of issues we encountered, the lessons we learned, and troubleshooting tips!