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How to Install Your Favorite Apps on an Interactive Display

  • BenQBoard 101
  • Interactive Displays for Education
  • 2021-10-13

Teachers all around the world are replacing their traditional teaching tools with digital ones. This trend has seen a major boost due to the COVID-19 pandemic, when remote and hybrid learning models quickly gained popularity and came to the fore of educational approaches. 

Teaching in 2020 and now in 2021, you have probably developed preferences for apps and websites you like to use during classes. Some clear winners are Kahoot, Zoom, Flipgrid, Bitmoji, Quizlet, Google Meet, and Microsoft Teams. Moving deeper into school year 2021/22 and back into classrooms, you are likely going to keep using at least some of these apps. 

Chances are, your school has equipped you with new digital tools for your classroom such as for example a new Chromebook, a professional-grade webcam, or a BenQ interactive display. You may be wondering how to use your favorite tools on your BenQ board.

Here are four ways to install and run your favorite applications and websites on a BenQ board:

1. Download Apps from the BenQ Suggests Appstore

Plenty of useful apps come pre-installed on your brand-new BenQ board. These include some of the most useful digital tools for a classroom, such as whiteboarding application EZWrite that also includes cloud collaboration functions, and InstaShare software, which allows you to wirelessly mirror content from your devices to the board, all hassle-free. In addition, a Firefox internet browser is available out-of-the-box for you to use.

Plenty of other useful apps, such as Kahoot, Quizlet, or ClassDojo are available for download directly from the BenQ Suggests Appstore. Those are applications that we recommend to use on the BenQ board as our partner software. They are optimized specifically for the device to run smoothly and fit perfectly onto an extra-large display.

You can find BenQ Suggests in the application list, which you can access from the main screen. Click the icon with four squares to see the list of installed applications, then find BenQ Suggests. There, you can find a list of recommended applications. Select one you would like to install, and the app store will help you download and install the app.

1. Open the apps list

2. Select BenQ Suggests

3. Find and click the app you wish to install to start downloading and installing

4. Open your app from the app list

2. Install Apps from an .apk File

Some of the applications you like to use might not be listed in BenQ Suggests. These applications can still be installed on your BenQ board. Please note, however, that not all of them will be optimized for the size and parameters of your BenQ display, nor can we guarantee the security of usage of such software.

Some of these applications can be downloaded directly from the website of the application provider. Examples of these include Zoom, Google Chrome, or Microsoft Teams. On the websites of these apps, you can usually find a “Download” section. This will usually be either a tab on the header navigation, a button on the main site, or a link in the footer of the page. Please make sure to download the Android version of the application.

Alternatively, you can find your preferred app store alternative. ApkPure emerged as the most popular one among our clients. Perhaps you should try it too? 

If your school district’s IT manager has access to .apk files for the apps you need, they can install them remotely via DMS. Here is more information about using DMS, and perhaps you could share it with your IT admin along with the request for support?

After downloading the .apk file, simply open the file and the board will automatically install the app. After that, it should be ready to use. You can find it in the list of applications that we described earlier.

3. Run the Browser Version

Some tools have a dedicated app, but this is not the only way to use them. Many Learning Management Systems (LMS) like Google Classroom or videoconferencing services like Google Meet, or even the most popular applications like YouTube, run a web version as well, just like on your Windows or Mac computer! Great news is, if you can run it through a browser on your PC, you can likely run it the same way on your BenQ board.

BenQ boards come with the Firefox browser pre-installed, but you may choose to download another browser like Google Chrome. This comes with the benefit of allowing immediate access to all your Google tools with a single login, as it remembers your account! And don’t worry about logging in and out in different classrooms. Thanks to NFC login technology we call Tap ‘N Teach, your login information will load as soon as you swipe the NFC card to access your account. And once you log out, so will google. 

4. Run It on Your Personal Device and Mirror the Screen to the BenQBoard

There is another way to launch your favorite apps, and this one will probably feel the most familiar. 

You can run your apps on your PC or tablet, and simply mirror your content to the BenQ board. We have another article that explains how exactly to show your content on the interactive display, make sure to check it out for instructions!

Great news is, even though the app is running on another device, you can control it via the BenQ board if you allow the interactive display to do so. That means you don’t need to run back-and-forth between the board and your desk to edit the content you’re displaying or for example switch slides on a PowerPoint presentation. You can do it all directly on the board!

Versatile Tool for Better Teaching

BenQ interactive displays are among of the best tools for any classroom in 2021 and beyond. Equipped with a variety of pre-installed apps and the capability to run pretty much any digital teaching tool you are used to, BenQ boards enable interactive teaching and student engagement on levels you have not seen before, especially in remote and hybrid learning scenarios!

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