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14 January 2013
HOWTO: Apple TV in the classroom
by Steven B. Combs, Ph.D.
On Monday, October 22nd, I was the presenter for a local brown-bag at the Columbus Learning Center for the three institutions of higher education on our shared campus: Ivy Tech Community College, IUPUC and Purdue College of Technology. The topic of my presentation is the use of the TV in the Classroom. See, even Vice Chancellors can stay current in the use of instructional technologies!
This post provides the slides used for that presentation as well as the presentation outline. If you have something to add or a comment about the content, please drop in a comment after the post. Check out the entire presentation content after the break below.
Google Docs Presentation:
Presentation Notes: TV - Out of the Living Room and into the Classroom:
Agenda (slide 2):
This 45 minute presentation will discuss the Apple TV and its use in the classroom. Major topics include:
Why Apple TV (TV)
Out of the Box Capabilities and Demonstration
Questions and Discussion ♫
Background music before presentation provided by TV Radio, Classical, A1900 Classical
Why an TV (slide 3):
Ubiquitous nature iOS devices
Ease of use
WirelessCost (Entire secure setup for around $250)
Hardware (slide 4–5):
Below is a list of the hardware you may need based on your classroom:
Out of the Box Capabilities (slide 7) and Demonstration:
Without a connection to any other device, the TV provides the following features to enhance instruction (brainstorming time!):
Moves/TV Shows/Music from the Apple Store
Access to iTunes content on other computers (iTunes required on local network)
Netflix & Hulu Plus (subscription required)
MLB.TV, NBA & NHL (subscription required)
TrailersYouTubeVimeoPodcasts - Personal favorite for education is access to TED Talks
Photo Stream and Flickr
Wall Street Journal Live
More to come from Apple…all apps can be removed from the homescreen
AirPlay is the process of transmitting audio, video and apps to the TV. The following are discussed:
iOS Devices (iPhone and iPad) - AirPlay Music (Music app) and Video (YouTube app) demonstrations from iPhone 4S, Mirroring (iPhone 4S or greater or new iPad required) and Skitch demonstration from iPhone 4S
OS X Integration - Basic connection functionality built into OS X Mountain Lion only
AirParrot for OS X - Adds AirPlay to all Macs and adds additional functionality such as full desktop (scaled), extended desktop and by applicationA quick word about security - Passcode can be set and device connected cannot be bumped by another device
The TV has the following network requirements:
All devices must be on the same network
Wi-Fi and Wired connections supported
802.11n preferred for wireless
Network traffic affects performance and a dedicated classroom network using a $99 AirPort Express would be preferable. This layout will also decrease interference with other classrooms.