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Hardware Thread, Repeater screens in Technical; In junior classrooms we often set up a repeating flat screen via a VGA splitter box.This enables a partially sighted ...
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    Repeater screens

    In junior classrooms we often set up a repeating flat screen via a VGA splitter box.This enables a partially sighted pupil to see in close up what is on the IWB.
    Is it possible for a laptop to receive a signal from a splitter box? This would reduce the need for both a laptop and a flat screen to be placed on the table for the pupil. They could see the IWB and then use their laptop with a large font to record their work.

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    Something like vnc possibly?

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    Thanks Ben. We do use VNC in secondary schools but many primary cannot afford the wireless network so I guess VNC is a non starter there.

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    ??? Surely if a cable has to be run to plug in a monitor for the pupil it would be even easier to just run a patch lead safely and connect their laptop to the network to enable vnc to show on the pupils laptop?

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    Didn't occur to me that you could do that. Thanks. I will give that a try.

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    thank you guys. much appreciated

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    Problems with VNC

    We are using VNC for the same reason - visually impaired pupils accessing the IWB from their laptop - it is great for viewing powerpoint/word docs etc, but when the teacher plays a video clip, it won't show on the laptop - anyone else having this problem?? Is there anything I can do?

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    I am having huge problems getting school network techies to even install and use VNC. They (two schools) say it threatens network security, will slow the system and is too complicated for their teachers to use.

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    I think a few people are worried about this, but you can make sure that the child can't get into anything by disabling their input. Also, you can set it up so that the teacher has to accept their request to view the computer. The teachers I have set it up for find it easy (maybe I have been lucky so far) but as long as all the settings are sorted for them and the child has the address already in the box so that they don't have to re-type it everytime it seems to be a success....apart from watching video clips!!!

    I just don't know how to get round this - I don't know if VNC is capable of showing them and it's just something I am doing wrong!!

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    Did you get the setup info from the website or did you already know how to do this? If the latter, can u mail me a how-to-do?

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    I think somewhere I have got a few instructions, but I am currently not in my office, so I will look when I go later this afternoon. It is fairly straight forward, you go into the options bit and it is all there - to be honest most of the properties are a bit confusing to me, but I just played around with them and made sure the child had no control.

    I did just google it and found this:
    Using RealVNC - connect to remote computers

    If you get it set up will you let me know if you can view videos please!! :-) Thanks!

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    I don't think you will get very far trying to get video to show over vnc.

    How about streaming it using vlc from the teachers computer and having the impaired pupil access that stream?

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    Sorry Ben, a bit dense here. Streaming it using vlc?

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    Hi Ben, I have heard about this, but I haven't tried it yet. Do you think it will stream quick enough? He would probably listen to the sound from the main classroom speakers so it would have to keep up with the video that is showing on the IWB. Or does this depend on the schools network speed?

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