This guide is designed to walk you through setting up your teaching environment to display the correct content in your classroom with the TechSmart Platform.
Extending Your Display
Setting your computer up to be using other displays as an "Extended Display" is crucial when using the TechSmart Platform.
Each operating system has a slightly different set of steps required to extend the display. Click the appropriate link below to follow the steps for your computer’s operating system.
Once you have set your computer to “Extend Display” continue to the next section
Open activity with the Classroom Setup Button
From the Lesson Plan
When opening a coding activity from the Lesson Plan Day view there is the option to either open up just the activity or open it up and launch the additional tabs that are to be presented to students.
To open up the activity with the additional tab(s) click the Classroom Setup Button when selecting the Prep, Teach, or Other version of the assignment.
NOTE: Opening the Teach version with the Classroom Setup Button automatically unlocks the assignment for students.
From the Code view
If you have opened a coding activity from the Lesson Plan Day view without the Classroom Setup Button you can also open it once in the Code view.
Just click the Classroom Setup Button in the toolbar.
NOTE: This should only need to be done once per computer.
If you have pop-ups disabled, the additional tab(s) will not open and you will receive an Enable Pop-ups prompt.
When this window appears, click on the pop-up icon on the right side of the URL bar.
Select the option to always allow pop-ups from the TechSmart Platform.
Refresh the page to load the additional tab(s).
Number of presentation tabs that appear
Depending on which course you have are teaching and what settings you have in the Class Setup Wizard, you may either have one or two additional presentation tabs appear when using the Classroom Setup Button .
One presentation tab will appear when using the Classroom Setup Button. You then move the presentation tab to the additional screen that students can see. On your main screen you have the main TechSmart Platform that you use to switch between showing either the Slides or Code in the presentation tab to students.
You have the option of selecting how many presentation tabs are created based on the number of screens that students can view in your classroom. Read more about that here.
When you have one additional screen that students can see, you want to have one presentation tab to appear when using the Classroom Setup Button. You then move the presentation tab to the additional screen that students can see. On your main screen you have the main TechSmart Platform that you use to switch between showing either the Slides or Code in the presentation tab to students.
When you have two additional screens that students can see, you want to have two additional tabs to appear when using the Classroom Setup Button. You then move the presented Slides tab to screen and the presented Code tab to another screen. On your main screen you have the main TechSmart Platform that you use to control both presented Slides and Code tab. Switching between presenting the Slides and Code to students is not needed.
Example of opening the Classroom Setup Button for a Python course with two additional screens.
Moving the presentation tab(s) to your extended display(s)
NOTE: It is important that your computer is set up to have "Extended Displays" when completing this step.
Option 1: Dragging the presented tab(s) to another screen
Where you drag the presented tab(s) depends on how your computer has arranged the additional display(s). The additional display(s) could be to the left or right of your main screen, or even above or below! So be sure to be check your display settings to find what works best for you.
Click and drag the the presented tab(s) off your main screen and drag to the other extended display(s) so that it is viewable for students. Then resize the new window as necessary by either adjusting manually or using the full screen option.
Return your mouse cursor to the main TechSmart Platform tab on your computer’s display. You’re ready to teach!
Option 2: Chrome's "Move Tab to Another Window" feature
NOTE: This requires that you already have a window open on the screen(s) that students are going to see.
- Right click on a presented tab
- Hover over the "Move Tab to Another Window" option
- Select the window that you would like to move the presented tab to. The name of the window that you move it to will vary depending on what you currently have open.
Return to the main TechSmart Platform tab on your computer’s display. You’re ready to teach!