In a classroom it’s often handy to be able to connect an iPad to the class projector or digital display panel so that what’s on the iPad can be shared with a whole class of learners. There are different ways to connect an iPad to a classroom projector. The least expensive way is to use an adapter to directly connect the iPad to the cable which connects to the projector. The Sway below illustrates how to do that (using a VGA to lightning adapter, but note that some classrooms may have a need to use a different adapter, such as HDMI to lightning adapter, depending on the projector or digital display connection.
Alternatively if you have Apple TV this could connect wirelessly with devices in the classroom – the teacher connects first and sets a password each time to stop subsequent pupils accessing – because it’s in room only, and only for each time session actually in use, a teacher can see username of any user if they attempt connection. Note that the device and the projector or digital display screen need to be on the same wireless connection (which is often not the case for classroom PCs to be on wifi therefore there may still be a need for a switch device to avoid having to disconnect and connect the chosen device to be displayed on screen.
The Sway below illustrates how to connect Apple TV to an iPad
Policy for the Visual Learner – this links to a blog post by Richard Wells on the iPad4Schools blog about encouraging responsible use by pupils of mobile technologies by way of a pictorial poster version of a school Acceptable Use Policy (AUP). This sets out in pictorial form the elements for which the learner is responsible and the aspects for which the school or local education authority is responsible. This can be helpful as a starting point to inspire developing a poster for pupils to suit their own educational establishments and to match a school’s own AUP.
So you want to display what’s on your mobile device to your class? There are a variety of ways to do this from direct wired VGA connection or with Apple TV (for the iPad) or with apps (such as AirServer app).
7 Ways to show iPad on a projector screen – a post by Tony Vincent on the Learning in Hand blog describing a variety of ways in which to display what’s seen on the iPad on a projector, with each scenario explained and the resources required to make it work. Each situation makes one tool more suitable than another so this post also explains how different situations will be best served. Click here for 8 ways to show your iPad on a projector screen, an updated version of this post by Tony Vincent
How to mirror iPads onto your whiteboard – a post by Tim Bleazard on the City of Bradford ICT support blog describing different ways of displaying what’s on the iPad through a projector.
Here’s a video by Richard Hirstwood showing how you can connect an iPad to a projector, screen or television with leads or via wireless: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gf2qeXC6aOo
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Here’s a video tutorial on using the Reflector app on an Ipad to mirror what appears on the iPad on a projector: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=4ezxd0Hsavk&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3D4ezxd0Hsavk%26feature%3Dyoutu.be&app=desktop
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Mirror360 – an app which promotes itself as able to mirror everything on the mobile device screen through a desktop computer to a projector