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So part of the fun of having an iPad in the classroom, is sharing what you're doing with others. So let's take a look at some of the solutions for projecting from the iPad. The definitive link, for the moment, on using the iPad with a projector, was posted by Terry Gray from Palomar college. It really covers the options available currently. I would suggest that you all go out and take a look at it. He really takes you step by step through all of the different options. And he's tested all of the different options as well.
So it's a great place and a resource for you, as you decide which is the right one for your environment. The first solution I'd like the share is Apple TV. To use Apple TV, connect to the data projector using a display video output cable. It's called HDMI, then connect the iPad wirelessly to the Apple TV device via AirPlay and turn on Mirroring. When your iPad and Apple TV are connected to the same WiFi network, an AirPlay icon appears.
Tap the icon to mirror anything being shown on the device. Make sure you enable AirPlay on the Apple TV before you start. For setting up HDMI projection, you will need the Apple TV. An HDMI cable, an HDMI TV or projector, and a WiFi network. The iPad and Apple TV device must be connected to the same wireless network. The wireless network must be multi-cast enabled. The Apple TV must be connected to the projector's HDMI port by an HDMI cable.
Some of the benefits of this system is that the presenter is free to roam around the room. Any student with an iPad can also mirror their device if the password is known to them. No classroom computer is needed, the image quality is excellent. When playing video, this solution expands to fill the screen. Motion is smooth and color is true, but video will display only on the screen. Not on the iPad. For those with a projector that does not support HDMI, a simple solution is to purchase the Apple VGA adapter.
In this solution, the iPad user is tethered to the projector and cannot walk around. Also, others cannot share their iPads if they have devices in the room. It is a one iPad. One connection solution. You will also need a separate audio cable. It would plug in to the iPad's audio out earphone jack. There are two app solutions. You could download Reflector and AirServer to your workstation. Reflector and AirServer.
Are software AirPlay emulators. They allow PC or MAC workstations to act as the AirPlay host for the iPad. These programs are installed on your laptop or computer. You then mirror your iPad, or an iPhone, to your PC or MAC. Provided the PC or Mac is wired to the classroom projector via VGA and audio cables. Near your iPad screen to the room projector via AirPlay mirroring.
To mirror the iPad screen, access the Multitasking bar, swipe to the right. Tap on the AirPlay button. It's rectangular with an arrow. Select the host device. Turn on Mirroring. You may need to set up a password for this to work. I myself use Reflector and have had terrific results. There are some great benefits to this solution. It's cost effective and one teacher can set this up.
The teacher can be mobile. Students with iPads can also share via AirPlay. More than one iPad can be displayed simultaneously. Let's go out and look at the websites for these two applications. This is the website for the Reflector app. You can download it right here. And now we're looking at the AirServer website. Again you can download the application right from the website. Here is a simple guide on how to set up your iPad to mirror.
It shows you the equipment you'll need and gives you close up views of what it would look like on a projector. So as you can see, there are number of solutions that you can use, they're not too difficult to set up, you really need to decide what your budget is, how you're going to be presenting what you're using on the iPad. And what is your classroom situation. This is something you need to explore further with your IT team at your school, and to talk about with the teachers. And think about what your classroom setup is like.
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