[Etoys] screen sharing with Etoys on the XO

Timothy Falconer timothy at immuexa.com
Fri Aug 22 14:09:20 EDT 2008

Hi everyone,

I've been doing some experimenting with screen sharing to help our  
pilots in Nicaragua and Haiti.   They're having problems with twenty  
kids seeing the teachers laptop screen.

Here's what I've found ...


1) open up etoys on one XO, with the project you want to share
2) pause any scripts to make your life easier
3) click the white circle with the black dot in the toolbar
4) choose "make a badge"
5) when all other XOs have joined, you can safely delete the "buddy"  

1) click the neighborhood key (third from top-left)
2) find the shooting star and choose "join" from it
3) etoys should open, then show a "badge" with the teachers XO name
4) click the "S" button and a a little copy of the teacher screen  
should appear
5) click "1x1" to make the teacher screen bigger
6) move the pointer to the upper right corner and tell them not to  
move it (too confusing)

You should now be able to use the teacher XO and have it replicated on  
the other XOs.  In testing, I've found it can take about 15 to 20  
seconds for the other XOs to catch up, though this varies based upon  
how much activity is happening from the teacher XO.  Sometimes its  
instantaneous.   In general, pause scripts when you can and plan your  
movements ... it'll speed things up.

You can either broadcast from one mentor's XO to the other mentors,  
and assemble the kids around each, or you can try full broadcast.  I  
tested with ten XOs sharing and there was no noticeable slowdown.    
You might experiment with one XO sharing to four XOs, then those four  
sharing to five XOs.  Might speed things up.

Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

Timothy Falconer
610-393-1889 mobile

Immuexa Corporation

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