Wednesday, November 23, 2011

iPad and SMART Board

People often ask how they can use their iPad together with their SMART Board (or other Interactive Whiteboard), and I was reminded of this when a teacher showed me today how he was using Doceri.

There are a few options for doing this:
  1. Connect the iPad to the projector that is shining on the SMART board, using the VGA or HDMI adaptor, or an Apple TV.
  2. Use an app that allows you to control your computer that is connected to the projector and SMART Board. You will also need to install a program on your computer, and usually you will need to have both on the same network.
  3. Use a collaborative whiteboard app on your iPad, and have the webpage or application open on your computer that is connected to the projector.
If you have other suggestions or experiences, feel free to add them in the comments.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Apple TV to a Projector for AirPlay

Using AirPlay to wirelessly display your iPad 2 screen on the projector feels a little like magic. Here's how you can set it up, hopefully I've covered all of the possibilities.

A. Apple TV for $109

B. If your projector (and cables) are VGA, which is the most likely situation:

HDMI to VGA adaptor (MonoPrice or DealExtreme) or cable for about $40
VGA switch (MonoPrice) for about $15

B. If your projector has a DVI input:

HDMI to DVI adaptor or cable (MonoPrice) for about $5
Unfortunately DVI doesn't carry audio, so to get audio to your speakers you'll also need a toslink to stereo audio converter ($25) and an optical audio cable ($2), or something like this for about $45.

B. If your projector has an HDMI input:

You may need a long HDMI cable, or just a short HDMI cable. You can often even get these at the dollar store.

C. Computer speakers (preferably with two audio inputs, at least 10 W or so) $30 to $60.
Unless you already have some speakers you can use, or if your projector's built-in speakers are loud enough.

A few other notes:
  • Apple TVs can now be connected to the XXXschoolguest networks in schools, see this blog post for AirPlay details.
  • Set the Apple TV to projector resolution, probably 1024x768 (Settings, Audio & Video, TV Resolution)
  • If the image is purple tinted (or some other color), set the color space to RGB (Settings, Audio & Video)
video on how to mirror your screen using AirPlay

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

PowerTeacher Mobile App For iPad

We now have PowerTeacher Mobile working on the iPads, please make sure that you have the latest version of the PowerTeacher App on your iPad. Under the settings area please set your server address to, the port number to 443, and ensure that the SSL Enabled switch is set to "ON"

It is not imperative that you have Location Services turned on or off in your iPad settings but if you do want to use the "Locate District Server" tool you will be able to utilize the "Use Current Location" tool to search for the EIPS PowerSchool production server otherwise you can enter just the "District Zip Code" as t8b1n2 and click "Search Now"

- Paul

Tuesday, November 1, 2011