Tag: iPad

How to connect iPad to classroom projector

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

Introduction to using iPad in classroom

Getting Going with iPads in the Classroom – if you have recently got one or more iPads to use in your clsssroom you may find useful the Sway presentation at the link below:


This provides step-by-step guidance, illustrated with photographs and screenshots, for the teacher who is looking to get started using the iPad in the classroom: from how to switch on the iPad; how to take photographs (including different tools within the built-in iPad camera app); how to edit and add annotations on photographs in the inbuilt iPad photos app; using the various features on the inbuilt iPad clock app; how to connect an iPad to a classroom projector (whether via direct cable connection or via Apple TV); how to share content from an iPad with others (whether using the inbuilt iPad AirDrop feature or uploading via browser to OneDrive cloud storage); how to capture images or video of what’s shown on an iPad screen; how to use guided access to restrict learner access for a period of time to specific tools; and much more.


The above blogpost also includes a Sway full of examples of the use of iPads in classrooms in Falkirk Council educational establishments.

Displaying your mobile device screen through a projector

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

One Tablet Classroom

12 Apps for the One iPad Classroom – if your school or classroom is in the early stages of using mobile tablet devices there may well be only one tablet device per class at the beginning stages. If that’s the case then this post by Monica Burns may be helpful as it provides suggestions for apps which will be useful where there is only one iPad tablet device in the classroom.

iPads4Schools The One iPad Classroom – this post on the iPad4Schools blog describes some apps and some guides to workflow (storing and sharing work done by multiple pupils through the one iPad) which will work where a class has access to only one iPad tablet device.

Playing with Media on the iPad – #CUERockstar – ideas and links to resources for use with an iPad (though ideas can translate to other devices) including ideas for when a device is a shared device to manage class folders of images. Describes various tasks and suggested apps which can be used to undertake the tasks.

iPad as the teacher’s Pet v2.0 – a post by Tony Vincent which sets out how a teacher can use a single iPad ior tablet device in a classroom, even where pupils do not have devices, for many different purposes. Each is described and illustrated with visual infographic posters.