iPads & an Internal Network

Apple TV

Wireless network without the Internet

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Do away with your Interactive Whiteboard! You can run a class set of iPads so that, at any time, a student can put up what they are working on, on the projector. If you only have one iPad, you can walk around the room free of cables and hand your iPad over to a student and they can interact with what is on the projector. Here is how you set up an internal wireless network that doesn’t need the Internet. 

What you need:

  • HDMI Projector (about $350)
  • Apple TV ($99)
  • wireless router (Airport Express $99)

Before starting you need to set up your Airport Express (it looks like an apple power supply without cords--just plug it in to the wall). You need to give it a name, etc. The Airport utility should be on your laptop. 

http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5209

Step 1: Plug in Apple TV into the projector using the HDMI cable
Step 2: Turn on projector, Apple TV, and Airport Express
Step 3: On your iPad go to Settings and find your network that you set up over the Airport Express.
Step 4: On your iPad you need to get to Airplay.

4 fingers swiped up or double click the home button to get to the below menu. Swipe left until you get to the sound icon. You should have a fourth button that has an arrow (this is the Airplay button). Click it. Choose your network. Choose Apple TV. Turn on Mirroring.

More about Airplay at http://howto.cnet.com/8301-11310_39-20100713-285/how-to-get-started-with-apple-airplay/

Step 5: Any time you want to have a student show what is on their screen, you need to do steps 3 & 4 on their iPad.