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Apple TV and iPad with Projector

I thought that as I was preparing for my Boone presentation, I would blog about some of my findings. This way the people that attend my session can read more about my process and thinking after the workshop. Also, this might help others as they explore using different technologies in their classrooms.

Problem: I don’t have an Interactive Whiteboard (IWB) in my classroom but want to find different ways to engage students. My school budget won’t support my buying an IWB. What are my options?

Solution: There are many ways to engage students without an IWB. One solution that works great includes an Apple TV (ATV); iPad; LCD Projector and this little device from Kanex.

Here is what I did to make this work.

Since my LCD Projector is an older model, it does not have the HDMI port required to connect to an Apple TV. So, I discovered the Kanex ATV Pro. Using an HDMI cable, connect the Apple TV to the Kanex on one side of the device. On the other side, use your VGA cable to connect the Kanex to your LCD Projector. If you want sound, connect an audio device, like a Bose SoundDock, to the Audio port on the Kanex.

Connect your ATV and iPad to the same WiFi network. If you teach, you may need to “beg” your IT people to make this happen. If they say “no”, I have another option in  a later post.

Turn on the ATV and the LCD Projector (in that order). Then fire up your iPad. Remember, Apple has a free App called Remote that will let you control your ATV on your iPad. This is a great way to be sure your ATV settings are correct including that AirPlay is setup on your ATV.

Go to your iPad and be sure to select AirPlay and Mirroring “ON.” If you can’t find these settings, from the main iPad screen , double click the “HOME” button and a tool bar will appear at the bottom of your screen. Swipe the bar to the right to see the AirPlay icon along with controls for audio. Select your device in AirPlay and be sure to turn on Mirroring.

Now like magic, everything from your iPad is projected to the screen. Visit a website or a favorite App and those are also projected. Select an interactive activity via a website or App and pass the iPad around your classroom. Your students will be engaged and interacting without the expense of an IWB.

More to come.

Preparing for Lion

In preparation for the launch of Lion, maybe as early as tomorrow, I am prepping my hard drive. Since I store most of my key files in Dropbox there isn’t much to clean off my drive. So, this evening I’ve taken a new drive and formatted it for my Mac. Since many drives are formatted for PC, I have learned that when formatting drives exclusively for Mac, you must use the GUID partition type or you may be doomed for failure.

After reading various posts, I’ve decided to give Carbon Copy Cloner a try as my cloning tool of choice. Pretty simple – I selected my HD as the source, my external drive as the destination, and that’s it! As I’m typing this post on my MacBook Air, my iMac drive is cloning to the external drive.

After it is complete, I plan to boot from the external drive to test the clone. If it works, I’m ready for Lion at least on this machine.

Are you prepared for the launch of Lion? Will it launch tomorrow?