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Distance Learning has created a demand for us to support a variety of options for handling various scenarios for displays in Google Meet.  This article will evolve as we try to document the various options and set-ups being used.  

Some of the options presented are not mutually exclusive, but for the sake of clarity we will organize this by types of devices present or being used.

This will include:

  • MacBook only
  • iPad only
  • MacBook with external monitor
  • MacBook and iPad
  • MacBook with a Document Camera (known models: Qomo, Aver, Ipevo, Hue)

We also recommend checking out this Youtube playlist of Google Meet tips.

MacBook only

Split Screen View

Video showing how to use split screen on a Mac to both present and view participants at same time during a Meet. A few notes for the video - it references swiping up; this is the specific three finger upward swipe (another way to get to this view is the F3 key). You may see the windows in a row at the top of the screen or spread out across the desktop; dragging them to combine works the same way, though. Lastly, if you want to do this using multiple tabs in the browser, you'll first want to drag a browser tab away from the rest of them so it becomes its' own window and can be selected for split screen.

Of course, there is often more than one approach to a task; here's another way to handle using split screen view:

Dualless Chrome Extension

This extension is essentially a shortcut for using a split screen view.  After installing extension, it is helpful to have it "pinned" to the toolbar.  Look for and click on the extension management icon (looks like a grey puzzle piece).  You may need to scroll through the list of extensions to find it and click the little push pin icon to make it visible.  

The Duallkess extension icon looks like two small grey rectangles, as shown below in the circle.  Clicking it provides several options for how to split the window.  Go back to the "1" window option to return to a normal full screen view.

iPad only

Use Meet and other apps at the same time

This video is addressed to how students use Meet, but is also applicable to staff who are using an iPad for a Meet and may need to switch between the Meet and other apps.

MacBook with external monitor

An "external monitor" refers to any additional display device that can be connected to the MacBook.  The district has been allowing spare stock of monitors to be borrowed.

Note that it will often be necessary to also have some form of dongle (a custom connector to support certain types of cables) for this to work; see this article for a summary of dongles used with 2018 and newer model MacBooks.

After connecting an external monitor, you may need to choose whether it is set to mirror or separate display.  Use as Separate Display is the likely choice, as this allows you to then drag a window or tab to that screen to view separately.

Also note the Open Displays Preferences option here.

Going to Open Displays Preferences allows you to edit the Arrangement of the screens.  In the example below, the smaller display with the bar along the top represents the MacBook.  The secondary display can be dragged to a new position.  This is very helpful for moving between screens; for instance in the example shown, moving the mouse cursor to the left edge of the MacBook screen causes it to then appear on the right edge of the secondary display.  

MacBook and iPad

iPad as a Doc Camera

Also includes some tips on using split screen view in this context.

Share iPad Screen in Google Meet

Video assumes audience is a student, but the steps could also apply to a teacher with both an iPad and MacBook using the iPad to present while continuing to manage the Meet on a MacBook.

MacBook with a Document Camera (known models: Qomo, Aver, Ipevo, Hue)

Software for many of our currently deployed document camera models is available in Self Service.  


Install QCamera software.

Aver (Averkey, Avermedia)

Install AVer A+ Suite


Install Visualizer


Install Hue Intuition

Osmo Projector App

If you have an Osmo reflector, you can use it to turn your iPad into a document camera.

You'll need to download Osmo Projector from self service.

This video has a very good summary of how to use the app with an iPad connected directly while using Quicktime to then "broadcast" what is being viewed on the iPad.  The Quicktime portion also applies to any use of the iPad as a document camera.