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If you only use the iPad for games, debils, and testing in your classroom…..STOP NOW. Do not allow yourself another day of using that brilliant little device as if you were a gamer rather than a teacher. It is like the time I was in college, we were too cheap to pay for the heat so we thought we would turn the furnace off and save money by wearing a coat at all times. No kidding. It was a brilliant plan. Until….our neighbors informed us our heating expenses were included in the rent! We lived the island life from that moment on. That’s right, we are going to teach you how to make your classroom feel like paradise.
Lesson #1 Install Reflector onto your desktop in your classroom. It predominately performs the best, has the lowest cost, and is also called air squirrel which deserves the winners cup for originality, it reminds me of the kind of terminology our students would use to name our playground rodent. This will allow you to wirelessly reflect images from your iPad, iphone, or ipod, to your desktop (mac, pc, or android device). This image will be projected through to your smartboard/whiteboard. You will teach entirely untethered. Just swipe and tap your way to 100% student engagement. You just landed in paradise. Unfortunately you will have to add the pina colada when you get home.
Can’t figure out how to get the image to your whiteboard?
Swipe upwards to bring up your handy dandy menu that controls all things magical
Look for the cool “airplay” icon (a rectangle balancing precariously on a triangle)
select your desktop name (if you have an AppleTV you could use it now in place of reflector)
The heavens will open, eyes will be looking forward, wiggling will stop, and mouths will shut as you look to the front of the classroom and see the glorious reflection of your screen. Full engagement and participate is now in the palm of your
YOU DID IT! But in case you didn’t, which happens to the best of us, you need to make sure Reflector is “open” on your desktop. In the past several years of teaching how to use this platform it is the ONLY troubleshooting we have had to solve. Just click on the reflector icon to open.
What is the best thing to reflect? Watch for our next lesson to include the very best apps every teacher must be using to integrate successful classroom teaching with the iPad.