On Saturday, March 2 I had the honor of presenting at the CATESOL conference (TESOL is my particular subject matter, for those who don’t know) at USC. The topic was “Turn Your iPad into a Smartboard” and let me tell you, I was very well prepared… or so I thought.
First I had planned to teach how to set up the iPad to work wirelessly with a projector using the Apple TV.
No Dice – the setup didn’t accept an HDMI cable.
No problem, next I had downloaded the Reflector App so I could project straight from my computer into their system using the approved VGA cable setup USC had.
Nope – Reflector mirrors to your PC wirelessly and the IT department couldn’t open up the necessary wireless ports. (Basically that means the wireless system was on lock-down).
It’s OK – I had my 3rd back up in place – Apple’s own Composite AV Cable. If nothing else, hardwiring into the system had to work, right?
Not so much – the RGB input wasn’t working.
I was about to die, and I was already 10 minutes behind schedule. Luckily a lovely woman in the audience named Kimiko had an adapter for her own presentation later. IT WORKED!!! Ah, the trials and tribulations of technology!
I was able to get started, but I was unable to show the benefits of being wirelessly connected to a projector and had to jump straight into the useful apps. Here I’ve done my best to remedy my inability to teach how to set up the wireless connection. With a little more prep time than I had, you’ll be able to use Reflector without a hitch.
Here’s the tutorial:
The Reflector App is available for both PC and Mac and should work similarly for the PC. As you can see, it really is quite simple to set up, and should be able to be done without much effort.
For only $13 this is the cheapest and cleanest way to go wireless – assuming you already have a computer that you can use in the classroom.
A lot of the participants asked me to also post a video on how to set up using the Apple TV, so keep your eyes peeled.
A special thanks to everybody who came out to my presentation – I felt great afterwards and really appreciate your patience and enthusiasm!