Laptops like our new HP ProBooks allow for users to work with one thing on their laptop screen while students view something else on the interactive white board. The mode that allows this is called “extended display”. The traditional mode where the students see the same thing on the white board as is displayed on the laptop screen is called “duplicate mode” or “mirror mode”.
The extended display allows, for example, the teacher to work on his/her grade book on the laptop screen while the kids watch a video on demand movie on the interactive white board. Note that actual clicking can be done on either screen, but only one or the other at any given moment. This means it isn’t practical to have kids working at the white board while you are working on something else. However, for many teachers there are occasions where just allowing students to view something on the interactive board while you work on something else can be handy.
How do you activate/deactivate extended display on laptops that support this feature? Unfortunately keys are moved around between models and manufacturers. There is no specific standard. However, on our newer HP ProBooks you would hold down the FN key and press F4 (see photo above). Holding down the FN key and pressing one of the F(1-12) keys is the norm for all laptops and typically the F key that switches display modes has a little picture that resembles a computer monitor, TV, or projector on it (again, see photo above).
How do you put something (a web browser window, a Mimio Notebook window, etc.) on the interactive board display when you activate extended mode? Drag the window to the right of your laptop’s display. As the window goes off the right of the laptop’s display it will start to appear on the interactive board dispaly.
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