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Blog Post: Small Scale Miracast Pilot (Staff)

Blog Post: Small Scale Miracast Pilot (Staff)

This page is about the small scale pilot of Microsoft miracast dongles with academic staff.

This system allows any staff to using their mobile phone, tablet or laptop and ‘screen cast’ these to the projector. This will improve the possibility of greater mobility for the staff member. In addition to this, the video signal is sent to the computer so that Panopto can capture it as an additional video device. This will allow staff to present while moving around the room, and record that presentation in Panopto.

Please note: There are currently installed in all rooms in Henry Cotton and Tithebarn street.

This was demoed at the e-learning forum by Jack Mullet from Engineering. He demonstrated how he is using a Microsoft Surface and a Miracast Dongle to display and interact within his presentation and software while moving around the room. Jack demonstrated the issues around connecting a MS surface computer to the projector. Jack prefers the MS miracast dongle for this. Once connected he is fully mobile and can draw on slides. He uses MS OneNote to create a bank of calculations that he can create whilst presenting, edit if required and share with his students.

We wanted to see if other staff could engage with this technology in a similar way. 21 miracasts were purchased and given to academics that had a Microsoft surface.

Guidance in using the Miracast

Android Devices

Miracast technology is built into Android operating system versions 4.2 and higher. Some Android 4.2 and 4.3 devices do not support Miracast.  If your Android device supports Miracast, the Screen Mirroring option will be available in the Settings app or in the pull-down/notification menu. Some Samsung devices running Android versions 4.x do not have this option and must use the AllShareCast app available on the Google Play Store.