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Running different activities on your interactive whiteboard and computer

Posted by rosiemacalpine on February 2, 2009

Usually, whatever you do on your computer monitor shows on your IWB (and vice-versa). But did you know that you can have different activities showing on each one? This might be useful if:

  • Students are writing independently and referring to words on the IWB while they are doing so. You want to be able to use your computer to finish a worksheet for the next activity.
  • A student doing extension work is reading an article on your desktop computer while other students are completing an activity at the board.
  • An educational assistant is using the class computer to make a resource for the class while your class is answering comprehension questions that are written on the IWB.

You won’t be able to interact with both screens at once, but it’s very handy for when you just need to view information on one screen and work on another.

To do this, you need to make your desktop much wider. It will then display over two screens.


On your desktop computer and IWB your extended desktop will run over the two screens and look like this (note that there are no icons on the IWB, indicating that it is one long desktop rather than two identical screens).


To change your set up to extended monitor, right click any part of your background and choose Properties… from the drop down menu.


Click on the setting tab. Then click on the picture of the computer screen on the right (your IWB screen). Now look at the check boxes at the bottom of the dialogue box.


Click ‘Extend my Windows desktop onto this monitor’ to put a tick in this box.  Now your desktop will extend over the two screens.

You will need to make a change in the Activstudio settings to put flipcharts on the page. Go to Studio Settings… and select Multiple Monitors in the left hand menu. Change Showing Other Tools from Specific Monitor to Mouse Monitor.


Now you will be able to show flipcharts on one page and work on the computer simultaneously.




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