One of the biggest advantages to having an Apple TV in the classroom is the ability to mirror an iOS device to a Smartboard. I’ve used this feature as an instructional tool, to showcase student work, demonstrate how to use new apps, and provide me with the freedom to move around my classroom, iPad in hand, completely untethered. I created the video below to show TVDSB teachers how they too can use this awesome tool. Credit goes to TVDSB teacher Mike Pembleton for his assistance with the process outlined in the video.
First of all, you need to ensure that all system requirements are met for this to work: iOS device (2012 or later) with iOS 8; an Apple TV (3rd generation rev A, model A1469 or later) with Apple TV software version 7.0 or later.
- The Apple TV must be connected to the new TVDSB-Mobile network.
- WiFi needs to be enabled on the iOS device you wish to mirror, but no network connection is necessary. You will see in the video that the WiFi on my iPhone is turned on, but I am not connected to a TVDSB network; I am on LTE.
- If you need to demonstrate something that requires a connection to the internet, you will need to establish this connection. (Unless you’re mirroring an iOS device, and the owner of the device doesn’t mind using their data plan.) When mirroring a board-owned iPad, it should also be configured to connect to the TVDSB-Mobile network. If your mirroring a personal device, you will need to connect to the Teacher network, or if it is a student-owned device, they will need to connect to the Student network. Both require the entry of Active Directory usernames and passwords.
- As you will see in the video, you will need to swipe up on the iOS device to toggle on mirroring.