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Working with ClassSpot

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What is ClassSpot?

ClassSpot is an application running in the Incubator classroom (IC) that lets students interact with whatever is displayed on the classroom projectors and SmartBoards using their laptops. Students can also display their laptop screens on the SmartBoards or main projector so that the class can see (and possibly interact) with their work. For example, one student might display an outline to a research paper they are writing. Another student can "mouse in" to the document and add an item to the outline Webmail.


Essentially, ClassSpot gives your class a shared, interactive desktop. For more details about ClassSpot, see introducing-classspot.pdf.


How does ClassSpot work in the Incubator Classroom?

All laptops in the IC have the client software called Tidebreak. Students run this application on their laptops.

The instructor begins a ClassSpot session from the faculty computer. ClassSpot displays a code that students use when logging in. For more details, see  classspot-faculty-guide.pdf.


Once logged in, students can display their laptop screen on the board. When they do this, they can choose:



  • Show To, which displays their laptop screen but no one else can mouse in or control the screen.
  • Share To, which displays their laptop screen and allows anyone to mouse in, type, or otherwise interact with the displayed laptop.


When done, students log out of their sessions, or they can be logged out automatically when another student connects. (Faculty can lock the session to control access if necessary.)


What can students do with ClassSpot?

This section lists some examples for using ClassSpot.


Student feedback

A single student or a group of students can display their work on the board and ask for feedback from the class. The class feedback can be verbal (i.e. a discussion) or written (i.e. other students mouse in one at a time to write/comment/edit the displayed work).


Collaborative projects

Students can work individually or in groups on a project and then "push" their work to a single document. Say a business class is writing a SWOT analysis. Four groups research and write the sections (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats). Once done, each group can cut & paste their work into a master document and then the entire class can review and edit the material.



Students can produce presentations or other content on their laptops and then display it for the class. Students can use this along with the SmartBoards, too. Students display the laptop content on SmartBoard and then use the SmartBoard's touch system to interact with the material. For example, a student might have video to show. They can  touch the SmartBoard to control the play, pause, stop buttons. A student might also demonstrate something, perhaps demonstrating to the class how to format a document, edit a video clip, search a library database, and so on.


Class notes

One student can take notes during class and display the notes live on the board. If another student wants to add something to the notes, they can ask a question or get clarification from the instructor and then the student in charge of notes that day can add them to the document immediately. Students might also annotate the notes after a given lecture. Once complete, all students can receive a copy of the notes to add to their course materials.



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