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Started by Iva Hamilton 10 May 2013 9:53am () Replies (20)

Hi All

Is anyone using Apple TV with their iPads in classrooms... and are you using a TV as screen or using your normal screen. We are exploring to use an iPad app - Air server ($15 for 5 licences) to project iPad screen on big screen thru laptop. Is anyone using/have used this app?

I'd also be keen to find out what schools are using when multiple users want to share their work on the screen.

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  • dave beehre (View all users posts) 10 May 2013 10:01am ()

    I have a Samsung 51 inch flat screen coupled with Apple TV that I use to airplay IOS devices.  No need for installation of extra apps, works a treat :-)

  • Chris THEOBALD (View all users posts) 10 May 2013 10:18am ()

    Kia ora, 

    I have been using airserver with great success over the past year. I use it daily in Maths sessions and also for some fun games to finish the day. I stream my ipad and iphone to the mac which is connected to the projector.

    (I am now looking at purchasing an apple tv to free up my mac during these times... I am hoping that this will work) 

    nga mihi

    Chris

  • Monika Kern (View all users posts) 10 May 2013 10:58am ()

    Hi there, I'm also exploring the connecting iPad to projectors etc. issue, mainly on behalf of the BeL schools I am working with.

    Last weekend I bought an apple tv (what a confusing name btw) for $159, and I have found it very easy to hook it up to my cheapo TV / computer screen at home via HDMI cable (which you need to buy separately, approx $30). It is connected wirelessly to my router, has my apple ID. I have had a play around with the various apple devices at home, it will mirror one at a time of iPhone 4, iPad2 and iPad mini. The older iPod touch will only show inidividual pictures or videos, not mirror. I can also access YouTube and a few other things straight through apple tv with the little remote (no need to attach a computer or an i-device).

    Yesterday I took this to one of my schools and connected it to one of their newish Promethean boards with HDMI input. Once I realised I had to change source (duh), I hooked it up to their wireless network and was able to mirror my iPad onto the screen with no problems. However, there is no interactivity at this point - see comment from Tech Support at Promethean here.

    I am still following up other people's suggestions for the Reflector App. While I have not downloaded it yet (might try to do that over the weekend - what a way to spend Mother's Day with your iPad and your credit card lol), I understand that this is a programme you purchase (in single license $12.99 - possibly USD?) and run on your PC or Mac which you have connected to your projector or screen. It apparently allows you to mirror a number of i-devices onto that screen (projector) at the same time. I could see how this would be a cheap solutioner for classrooms that already run a dedicated (desktop?) machine with their projector and / or for older style projectors without HDMI input.

    I am looking forward to investigating other suggestions like air server as time allows.

  • joleneb (View all users posts) 10 May 2013 11:21am ()

    Does the apple tv make the sound play through the tv from the devices?

  • Klaris Philipson (View all users posts) 10 May 2013 11:24am ()

    Yep..

    if you apple TV is connected to a projector / TV that has an audio system then the sounds is also passed through (not just the image).

    things to check is hte sound level on teh ipAd and the sound level on the audio output syste.. Make sure their both turned up..

    K

  • Josie Woon (View all users posts) 10 May 2013 4:46pm ()

    Yes I use air server and its great especially as its wireless aNd children can show their work etc.  Onlu $18.40 NZD for the standard which allows 5 devices which suits me perfectly.

  • Belinda Johnston (View all users posts) 26 May 2013 10:31am ()

    We use Apple TVs with our Panasonic 50" plasma screens and it works like a dream.  Previously we were using Reflector App and similar to connect through our laptops, and even VGA adapters directly through the data projector.  Apple TV is 1000 times better - so seamless and easy even for our Year 1 students to use with their iPads.

  • Belinda Johnston (View all users posts) 26 May 2013 10:32am ()

    We use Apple TVs with our Panasonic 50" plasma screens and it works like a dream.  Previously we were using Reflector App and similar to connect through our laptops, and even VGA adapters directly through the data projector.  Apple TV is 1000 times better - so seamless and easy even for our Year 1 students to use with their iPads.

  • John O'Regan (View all users posts) 14 Jun 2013 7:35am ()

    We are just in the process of setting up apple TVs in our syndicate and have found a few issues. If anyone can help it would be much appreciated.

    We use a ruckus wireless system, with the apple TVs and our iOS devices all on the same network. However getting a transmission through the Airplay from the tvs to our devices is intermittent at best. When we do connect it seems to be very location sensitive. I can hook into the one in my class from the far end of the corridor, but not from inside my classroom!

    A bit frustrating, especially when I hear how easy it should be. Any ideas?

  • Teresa (View all users posts) 27 Jun 2013 8:42pm ()

    Having the same problems myself. Seems any device in the vicinity can disrupt what you're playing with aple tv and it keeps dropping out. Issues with dvds and audio too. I've tried reflector with and without cables but they all have their drawbacks. Apparently we have a robust wifi system??! Still searching for the answer...

  • Warren Grieve (View all users posts) 27 Jun 2013 9:23pm ()

    Need to check to see if your Apple TV's are part of this batch in NZ. We have sent all of ours back (one at a time) and they have all been replaced. http://www.macworld.com/article/2034731/report-apple-replacing-some-third-gen-apple-tv-units-with-wi-fi-issues.html#tk.rss_all?utm_source=feedly

  • Craig Harrison (View all users posts) 28 Jun 2013 10:40am ()

    I would also recomend checking to see if the serial numbers match this list.  We had 5 of our Apple TV's replaced under this recall due to intermittent WiFi problems.  I stumbled upon the article by accident when searching the net for solutions to our Apple TV conneciton problems and when I sent the five that matched into the service center one at a time they were all replaced.

    We also found some improvement when turning on the passcode feature on the Apple TV as this prevents any other devices from interupting the session once it is established and the passcode entered which previosuly students could do accidentally from their device.

    Finally as others have suggested we are now adding cabled connections to each of our Apple TV's which we are expecting to improve performance.

    Also unfortunately the Apple TV's use an Apple protocol called Bonjour which is fine for small home networks but does not work very well in school networks where there are lots of devices and multiple Apple TV's.  It would be worth talking to your WiFi/Network provider/specialist about the Apple Bonjour protocol and if there are any settings they can change on your network to aleviate some of the problems with Bonjour and the broadcast/multicast traffic it generates.  However this may first require the Apple TV's to all have cabled connections.

  • Teresa (View all users posts) 01 Jul 2013 8:51pm ()

    Thanks for this, guys- may explain the issues I've been having. I will definitely investigate further. Cheers

  • John O'Regan (View all users posts) 14 Jun 2013 7:36am ()

    We are just in the process of setting up apple TVs in our syndicate and have found a few issues. If anyone can help it would be much appreciated.

    We use a ruckus wireless system, with the apple TVs and our iOS devices all on the same network. However getting a transmission through the Airplay from the tvs to our devices is intermittent at best. When we do connect it seems to be very location sensitive. I can hook into the one in my class from the far end of the corridor, but not from inside my classroom!

    A bit frustrating, especially when I hear how easy it should be. Any ideas?

  • iDave (View all users posts) 24 Jun 2013 8:09pm ()

    Hi John

    Not sure if you have solved your issue.  We have Apple TVs etc and they all work well. We have an AP in every room - we used to have them spread for coverage but began to have problems with as more devices came on. Now we go for through-put which means more access points.  Our AppleTVs are also connected to the network via the ethernet port.  This help a lot as it cut down the wireles traffic to the ATV - we noticed a big improvement in reliability when we did that.   

  • Suskya Goodall (View all users posts) 14 Jun 2013 12:09pm ()

    Just a thought John about the issue... After some a Ruckus conference last year, I now have a different understanding on the importance of where we place our APs and fixed devices. You may want to do a site survey if you to do a quick check of where the best places for large fixed devices are or if APs need to be added or moved. :)

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