• How to use a classroom Chromecast.


Chromecast icon from Google
  • There's two parts to this. The use of the Chromecast, which is the second part, but the first part is:


    Switching to the Chromecast and it's functionality. 

    1. Using your AV panel on the wall of the classroom you're in, turn on the system. (Figure 1. "On" button)
      1. You'll note that when the system is off, the "Off" button is lit up in red, and when the system is turned on the wall panel button will light up "On."
    2. With the panel on, and the system booting up, you should find the four buttons on the right light up based on what the system previously remembers. (Figure 1. Note the HDMI and third button down is lit up, but the second button down is not. This means it's set to HDMI)
    3. For the HDMI wall ports you will select "HDMI" on the panel. (Note: The two wall ports are merely a switched port, so there are two ports, but they feed to a single input and only select whichever is the first to respond or send a signal)
    4. The button below (which will be getting a new glyph) the HDMI button is your second HDMI input on the projector side. 
      1. This second HDMI input is what your Chromecast is connected to. 

    Connecting to the Chromecast.

    Before moving forward, there are a few things to make sure of before you can connect to your Chromecast. 

    • Your device MUST be on the RJUHSD
    • You need to either be on a Chromebook, or using the Chrome browser on a Windows device. 
    • Some Apps/websites have a dedicated Cast button separate from the Chromecast button that often allows for better features or access. 
    • Each classroom Chromecast is connected to the projector and is powered through the On/Off button on the wall panel.
    1. In your Chrome browser look in the upper right-hand corner for the Chromecast icon (Figure 2.)
    2. Click the button and a pop-down menu will appear. (Figure 3)
    3. You have the choice now to select the Chromecast you want, or you can select the "Source" drop-down. 
      1. If you select the "Source" drop-down, you will be given three options: Tab, Desktop and File. 
      2. Selecting Cast tab allows you to only show a single tab instead of your whole desktop.
    4. Once you have decided which casting method (Tab, Desktop or File) you want, you will then be able to select the Chromecast (Figure 2.)
    5. You should see it appear on the projector within a few seconds. Delays between your input and the projector/Chromecast refelcting it are about a second. 

    Figure 1. 

    Figure 1. Displaying an AV panel with several buttons lit up

     

    Figure 2. 

    Google Chrome Cast drop down

     

    Figure 3. 

    Figure 3. Google Chrome Cast with Sources menu drop-down open.