How to start a session

Ready to share that whiteboard, flipchart, blackboard or any other analog surface? Time to start a new ShareTheBoard session! You have three easy ways to get started:

 

Click the big blue button

After you log in to ShareTheBoard (regardless of whether you’re using the Web App or the Content Camera), you’ll see your dashboard. On it you’ll find the unequivocal big blue button: click it to start your session. This will initiate a brand new session of ShareTheBoard on a completely unique Board View link.

The big blue button

 

Use Recurring Session Links

Another way to start a ShareTheBoard session is to create a Recurring Session Link. Why would you want to use these?

  • Remember that using the Big Blue Button will generate a new, unique session link every time. If you share a whiteboard during a recurring session (e.g., a lecture or a team meeting), you may prefer to have your ShareTheBoard session always accessible under the same link – that’s when a Recurring Session Link can come in handy.
  • These links also offer the chance to add a password to your session.
  • Finally, when used with the Web App, a Recurring Session Link is a great time-saver. Here’s how:
    • Create a new Recurring Session Link and name it something like “[Your Name]’s Meeting Room”
    • Add a bookmark for this link
    • Now, as long as you remain logged-in on the Web App, you can start a new ShareTheBoard session with one click!

Recurring Session Links – perfect for one-click session starts, secure sessions and, well, recurring sessions!

 

Use the Auto-Start Feature (Content Camera only)

There are times when it makes sense to use the Content Camera over the Web App. This desktop application (currently available on Windows only) effectively turns any camera into a content camera. It works be intercepting the feed from a physical camera, adding ShareTheBoard magic to it, then returning a virtual camera which can be selected inside of any camera-using application. This means, for example, that you can share your whiteboard directly “inside” of your favorite video conferencing tool, simply by selecting the “STB Content Camera” as your camera!

One nifty feature of the Content Camera is that it can be configured to start automatically, simply by activating any camera-using application. In other words, you can share a whiteboard without so much as a single click:

  • Install and configure the Content Camera (here is the user manual, if you’re just getting started)
  • Set the STB Content Camera as your default camera inside of your favorite camera-using application (e.g., Zoom, MS Teams, or Google Meet)
  • Now, just by starting/joining a meeting (in Zoom, Teams, Meet, etc.) you will initiate a ShareTheBoard session in the background

This feature is particularly useful in higher education settings. When properly configured, for example, it allows a professor to deliver a crisp, interactive whiteboard to a remote class, simply by starting a video conference. Nothing to click, nothing to learn: just step up to the board and write!

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