Whether you are teaching, assisting, clarifying, or just plain demonstrating, it is vital for everyone to be on the same page. This concept goes double for demonstrating something on your computer.
Have you ever wanted to show someone else your screen to share a PowerPoint presentation or demonstrate an application? Have you ever needed to help someone with a computer issue but found it impossible without seeing the other’s screen? You may want to give Join Me a try. With Join Me, you can easily share your screen free of charge. To share your screen, you simply go to http://www.join.me and click share. Join Me will ask you to download and run a file. Once you do this, a small toolbar will appear at the top of your screen:
From here, one can add members, start a conference call, have a text chat, share files, give control, and more. The people joining the session can be on Macs or PCs and do not need to install any software, set up an account, or register. At the present time, no VoIP is available in Join Me.
Joining a Join Me session couldn’t be easier. The person who initiated the session lets the user(s) know the nine digit number shown in the toolbar, or provides the information as a link (in an email for example). The recipients can either click the link, or enter the nine digit number into the Join box at http://www.join.me and click the green arrow. Once this is done, you are all set! Up to 250 people can participate in the session, but only one person can be in control of the screen at any one time.
For more a more detailed instructions on how to use Join Me, check out our entry on Join Me in our Wiki: http://edtechnet.wikispaces.com/Join+Me