Image of students in class viewing board using Join.Me app.

Join.Me a Screen Sharing iPad App Video

Join.Me is a screen sharing app that enables a low vision student to view what is on the board.

Post Update: Join.Me is now available on Chromebooks with their new Chrome Extension!

This video demonstrates Join.Me – a screen sharing app – that enables a low vision student to view what is on the board.  The classroom teacher can share what is being displayed on the board directly with a student. The low vision student can view the contents of the board on his/her iPad and can use the iPad’s built-in Zoom.  The student can take a screen shot – to save what was being display – using the iPad’s camera and then use an annotation app to write directly on that image.  

Join.Me is one of many screen sharing apps; however, Join.Me has a FREE version (after a 14 day “pro version” trial period). The free version does NOT allow the student to control the teacher’s computer. The student can zoom in on his/her personal iPad without changing or controlling the teacher’s computer. Join.Me also has a pause button that allows the whiteboard to display the same screen while enabling the teacher to do other activities on his/her computer. 

If a document camera (such as an Elmo) is being used, the teacher’s computer can be connected to the document camera which is then connected to the projector.  Join.Me, like all screen sharing apps, is not compatible with VoiceOver.

Join.Me requires the teacher to use a computer; the student can use a tablet or a computer.  With the free version of Join.Me, each time the teacher starts a Join.Me Session, the teacher must give the student the random 7-digit access code.  When the teacher stops sharing her screen, the student cannot view the teacher’s screen again until a new 7-digit code is given.

In this video, Kelly Meyers used an iPad with iOS 8.1 and the Join.Me app.

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