Screenhero

If you’ve ever worked in a co-teaching arrangement, you’ve probably utilized dozens of communication tools. Phone calls, text messaging, email, maybe document-sharing platforms like Dropbox or Google Drive. Because, odds are, you were collaborating on lesson plans until the wee hours of the morning at least once or twice. Screenhero2

But you may not have experienced true collaboration, and that’s where Screenhero comes in. This remote collaboration tool enables you to not only share your screen, but actually work simultaneously in the same application with another user. And because each user has her own mouse cursor, you don’t have to relinquish control back and forth when someone wants to make a change.

It’s actually intended primarily for use to collaborate on design, but Screenhero can be used to collaborate on just about anything:

  • Documents
  • Emails
  • Video editing
  • Web browsing
  • Seamless collaboration in any application

Obvious collaboration capabilities aside, Screenhero has substantial potential as a tool for facilitating instruction. Think remote tutoring, homebound instruction, after-school support, and one-on-one coaching. As technology takes hold in education, there’s no question that we’ll see more of these types of tools being used in traditional classroom settings, whether to supplement existing practices or replace traditional practices with more modern, convenient methods for accomplishing the same end goals.

In addition to giving each user his own mouse cursor, Screenhero offers HD-quality video. You can share any resolution screen and still get “crisp text and faithful color reproduction.” High-quality voice chat means no struggling to make out what the other person is saying among the noise and no poor attempts at lip-reading. Finally, it supports both Windows and Mac operating systems, so you can work with team members and students from the other side of the computing fence with ease. Screenhero1

Let’s not forget about the potential uses for students. Screenhero is a simple tool for students to collaborate on homework assignments or group projects. The free trial version allows two users to connect and collaborate, so assigning work in pairs is a viable option with zero cost. Because Screenhero takes any desktop application and makes it collaborative, the possibilities are endless for having students work together to solve challenging problems or use applications that don’t typically enable collaboration unless you’re in the same room, such as making an iMovie trailer.

Cost:

  • 14-day FREE trial with 1:1 sharing
  • Standard: $9.99/user/month – up to 10 users
  • Standard users can share with anyone as a guest (the other user does not pay) 
  • Team: Contact for price details – up to 100 users
  • Enterprise: Contact for price details – unlimited users
  • Ask about pricing discounts for qualifying educational users

Whether you need a better way to get things done with your co-teaching partner or you’ve been looking for a way for students to work together outside of class without creating a scheduling hassle for parents, Screenhero is a great tool with many valuable uses both inside and outside of the classroom.

Images via Screenhero Blog

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