Cisco Spark Board

| Video Calls | Whiteboarding | Screen Sharing | Add Board to a Spark Space |


The Cisco Spark Board is an all-in-one device for team collaboration. With the Cisco Spark Board, you can wirelessly present, whiteboard, view files, and place video or audio calls. Using the Cisco Spark app you can connect to your team and the Cisco Spark Board from outside the physical room through the devices of your choice.


Spark Board Locations

MSUB Library - 2nd Floor


Library Spark Room


  • Library 312
  • Seating capacity: 8
  • Table/chairs, conference room style
  • Cisco Spark Board
  • Whiteboard

To reserve the Library Spark Room, please visit the library website to book your reservation here.


Rimrock Hall Interactive Classroom


Thanks to a partnership with Academic & Student Affairs the newly constructed Rimrock Interactive Classroom is online and ready for student use. This reservable space boasts pod chair seating for easy classroom setup, five stationary computers, a faculty presentation space, an entire whiteboard wall and a Cisco Spark Board.


This space can be utilized by residential students when the desk is open. Additionally, staff/faculty/students are able to reserve the space for academic and non-academic use (Virtual EMS).


Rimrock Hall

  • Rimrock Lounge
  • Seating capacity: 28
  • Classroom Style
  • Cisco Spark Board
  • Whiteboard wall  

Connecting to a Cisco Spark Board

Before using the Cisco Spark Board you’ll need to pair your device with the Cisco Spark app to the Spark Board. Your device should automatically pair to the Cisco Spark Board, but if doesn't you can add the Cisco Spark Board to your list of devices and select it manually. Note: When you pair manually, you can't open a space on Cisco Spark Board. You can only share your screen on the Cisco Spark Board or use the Cisco Spark Board to make a call. If you have pairing issues, please see the IT department for assistance.


To manually pair your device:

    1. Click on your profile picture in the Cisco Spark app and go to Settings.
    2. Click on Calling Devices.
    3. Type the name of the Cisco Spark Board. This can be found at the top of the screen on the board. Note: Cisco Spark searches for the beginning of the name. For instance, if the name is MSU Billings, then a search for Billings will not find the Cisco Spark Board.
    4. Select the Cisco Spark Board you want to pair with and Save.  




The Cisco Spark Board will appear as an option when you start a screen share or a call.


To start using the Cisco Spark Board click the Menu Activity button located at the center of the bottom on the board.


Video Calls

To start a video call from the Cisco Spark Board:

  1. Click the Call icon on the screen.
  2. Enter the first or last name of the person you would like to call and then click their name.
  3. When their name is selected, click the Video call button to initiate the call. 

The recipient will be called on any device their logged into Spark with. They will need to click Answer within Spark to begin the call.




During the call, four buttons will be available when tapping the screen. (Mute, Video, Volume, End).




To add another person to the video call:

  1. Click the Activity Menu button at the bottom of the screen.
  2. Click the Call button
  3. Search for the person you’d like to add. Once found, click their name to add them to the call.

When the call is finished, tap the screen or click the Activity Menu button and then touch the End button to end the call.



 To utilize the Cisco Spark Board for whiteboarding (drawing on the screen):

  1. Click the Activity Menu button at the bottom of the screen..
  2. Click the Whiteboard icon.
  3. Use the attached stylus to draw on the screen. 

Screen Sharing

To share the display from your device onto the Cisco Spark Board click the Activity Menu button at the bottom of the screen and then touch the Share screen button.


There are two options for screen sharing: (1) using the Cisco Spark app or (2) using the built-in HDMI port on the Cisco spark board. The HDMI port is found centered behind the bottom of the screen.


From within the Cisco Spark app, click the Share screen button on the top right corner of the chatroom to mirror the computers display to the Cisco Spark Board.




Select the name of the Spark Board (located at the top of the Cisco Spark Board’s display) and click Share Screen.



 The Cisco Spark Board will now be mirroring the device’s display.


To end sharing, either tap the screen of the board and click Stop Sharing or on your device click the Stop button.




To share from a device using an HDMI cable, connect the cable to the computer and then plug the other end into the HDMI interface at the bottom of the Cisco Spark Board underneath and behind the Home button.


Add a Cisco Spark Board to Cisco Spark Space

To save the content from a Cisco Spark Board or to have it interact with information in a space, the board needs to first be added to a Spark space. To do so, from within your conversation or space in the Cisco Spark app, click the Activities menu button and click Open on Spark Board.


Calling and Whiteboarding will function just as described above but will also display onto the Cisco Spark Board when it’s added to a space.


When the Cisco Spark space is connected to the Cisco Spark Board, two addition buttons will appear on the screen (Files and People). Files allows you to view the files that have been added to the room. People allows you to view the people who are in the space.


When you’re done working on the board, click Close on Spark Board.




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