The Apple TV:
- Lets you stream the movies and TV shows available on iTunes to the HDTV or Projector connected to theApple TV
- Stream Netflix content
- Allows you to stream content from iOS devices using Airplay
- Displays your iPad or iPhone screen on your HDTV or projector via Airplay Mirroring
Uses in the Classroom
This is when the Apple TV gets fun. Each person may have a different use for their Apple TV, but the general method of use is pretty much the same.
The most common use of the Apple TV in a classroom is iPad screen mirroring. Thanks to AirPlay, the iPad and iPhone will let you wirelessly display your device’s screen on a HDTV/Projector that is connected to your Apple TV. This is great for the classroom as sharing Apps and tutorials via the iPad are becoming more popular.
Considering mirroring works iOS wide, you can share just about anything you do on your iPad with your class. Here are some ways you can use the Apple TV in the classroom:
- YouTube videos
- Seamless transition between video clips (comparison between renditions of a play, perhaps)
- Annotate documents live with your students
- Display pictures of student/teacher work
- Look at Google maps with the entire class and explore the world
- Demonstrate apps
- Play review games (many free ones available on the app store)
- Use as an interactive whiteboard (whiteboard apps)
- Access to iTunes U videos
- Use of the Khan Academy app
- Creative project presentations (student ice-breaker collages)
- Walk the room while still remaining connected
- In a 1:1 iPad deployment, students can share their screen on the Apple TV
- Use as a document camera
These are just some ideas of what you can do. You can apply your own needs of use to the Apple TV easily.
Starting up iPad Mirroring
So, you have some good uses in the classroom. Here’s how you begin mirroring your iPad’s
screen to the Apple TV.
- Connect your iOS device and your Apple TV to the same Wi-Fi network.
- Swipe up from the bottom of your screen to access Control Center (see image below).
- Tap AirPlay.
- Tap the name of the Apple TV you wish to AirPlay to, then tap Mirroring (see image below). Once enabled, your iOS device’s screen will be mirrored on your Apple TV.
The freedom the Apple TV gives you to engage with students around the classroom (since you’re not tethered to a cable) is invaluable. For those who rely on technology in the classroom but also love moving throughout the room, this is the device you needed yesterday.
We are constantly coming up with uses for the Apple TV, you will to. Getting it is really the first step – understanding how you will use it daily comes with trial and error. Don’t be afraid to try new things!