Apple TV - How to & Why

8  Ways to Use Apple TV in the Classroom

1. Simple be untethered – freedom to move around.

2. Demonstrate apps or sites

3. Display pictures of student/teacher work

4. If you have more iPads in the room, students can share their screen on the Apple TV

5. Students/Teacher can present/share from anywhere in the room.

6. Annotate documents live with your students

7. Using iBooks and highlighting sections/words for discussion

8. Display Apps so all students can see on a big screen (Ex. ShowMe, Virtual Field Trip Apps etc)

Example: A Kindergarten class can watch an App called Insect Lore-Live Butterfly Garden. This app allows students to watch butterfly’s grow through metamorphosis. The students could watch and write in their science notebooks about what they are observing. You start by naming your butterfly and an egg appears then hatches. The students can see the transition from baby to more mature caterpillar. You ‘feed’ the caterpillar and see it change into a chrysalis, and finally emerge as Painted Lady butterfly. This process takes about 5 minutes.  (NC Essential Standard K.P.2) This app is also great for 2nd grade 2.L1 – Understanding animal life cycles.

Mirroring your iPad’s screen to the Apple TV

1. Turn on the TV/Projector connected to the Apple TV

2. Ensure each device is on the same network

3. Swipe upward from the bottom and you will see a button that has a square with a triangle, labeled AirPlay

5. Tap the button. This displays the available devices for use with AirPlay

6. Tap on your Apple TV’s name and then slide Mirroring to ‘On’

7. Your iPad should screen should be now displaying on the TV/Projector connected to the Apple TV

Here are other Articles/Resources about Apple TV’s in Education: 

Apple TV in Schools

Apple TV in the Classroom – 4 Reasons to Try it Out

Apple TV in the Classroom – The New Smartboard

Ways to Use Apple TV

iTunes Podcasts on Apple TV

Good Bye Smartboard….Hello Apple TV

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