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Wireless Classroom Projection Using Apple TV

Introduction

Learn how to wirelessly project from your computer or mobile device in classrooms equipped with Apple TV.

Instructions

Instructions: 
Note: For Apple TV to work with a laptop, the laptop must have iTunes software version 10.x or higher installed.

For all devices/laptops

  1. Make sure both the Apple TV device AND the projector or monitor in the classroom are on. You may need to go to the equipment rack to turn these on.
  2. iOS device (iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch) - go to Settings then WiFi.
    Macintosh laptop - go to System Prefrences then Network.
    Windows laptop - go to Control Panel then Network.
  3. For the type of WiFi connection choose ClassroomTV.
  4. Once you've created a Classroom TV WiFi connection, it will be saved with your other WiFi connections, such as Amherst Secure, home, etc.
    To switch between WiFi connection types, repeat the steps described above and choose the connection you want, such as Amherst Secure or Classroom TV, etc.
  5. If you find that your iOS device starts to always default to the ClassroomTV wireless network, go to Settings > General > Network. Tap ClassroomTV, then move the switch to Off for Auto-Join. For Auto-Login leave it set to On.

For iOS devices with iOS 5 or higher

If you want to mirror your device and display it via the projector/monitor, double click the Home button then in the bottom panel swipe all the way to the right until you see the Airplay icon (see picture of the icon below).

Airplay icon

  1. Tap the Airplay icon.
  2. Choose the Apple TV device you want to use from the alphabetical list of buildings and rooms.
    Make sure to choose the device named for the room that you are in, it will have the room building and number in the name.
  3. Under the classroom you selected, there is a Mirroring option. Switch that to On.
  4. Once your device displays via the projector/monitor, navigate to/open files or Apps as you wish.
  5. Find the PC Adjust button on the A/V rack, and press it maximize the iPad display.
    Note: The iPad image may not take up the entire screen.
  6. Use the Apple TV remote to control, start, stop, advance, adjust volume, etc.
  7. Remember to change your iPad's wireless connection back to the Amherst network when you are done using Classroom TV.

If you want to display some media and NOT mirror your device, then go to the App that has the media you want to display, for example go to Photos, Youtube or iTunes.

  1. Choose the Apple TV device you want to use from the alphabetical list of buildings and rooms.
    Make sure to choose the device named for the room that you are in, it will have the room building and number in the name
  2. Next, in the media controls bar (which has a black background and the volume controls), tap the Airplay icon (see picture of the icon below).
    Airplay icon
  3. Find the PC Adjust button on the A/V rack, and press it to maximize the iPad display.
    Note: The iPad image may not take up the entire screen.
  4. Use the Apple TV remote to control, start, stop, advance, adjust volume, etc.
  5. Remember to change your iPad's wireless connection back to the Amherst network when you are done using Classroom TV

For iOS devices with iOS 4

  1. Find the media you want to display, such as a movie, and start it running.
  2. In the media controls bar (which has a black background and the volume controls) tap the Airplay icon (see picture of the icon below).
    Airplay icon
  3. Once the media displays via the projector/monitor, use the Apple TV remote to control it, start, stop, advance, volume, etc.

For a laptop

  1. Open iTunes. You may need to first enable Airplay, to do so click the Airplay icon at the bottom right corner of the iTunes screen (see picture below, the Airplay icon is circled in red). You must have iTunes 10.x or higher to have the correct Airplay option available to you. Airplay replaces the previously available iTunes feature Airtunes. Airtunes does not work with the latest Apple TV. 
    Airplay monitor icon in iTunes
    Once you've enabled Airplay, find the media you want to display, such as a movie and start it running. In the media controls bar, where you find the volume controls, to display the media via the projector/monitor, click the Airplay icon.

    Airplay icon

    Once the media displays via the projector/monitor, use the Apple TV remote to control it, start, stop, advance, volume, etc.

    Note: Not all types of media files will display, so make sure to test that your media content does display with Apple TV before using it for a class or lecture.

 

Additional Information

Additional Information: 

About Apple TV

All technology-equipped classrooms now have Apple TVs!
 
Apple TV is a digital media receiver device. This device makes it possible to display media from your laptop (depending on operating system and iTunes software versions) or iOS device with iOS 4.2 or higher (e.g., newer iPhones and iPads versions 2 or higher) wirelessly via a projector or monitor.
 
If your iOS device has iOS 5 or higher, you can mirror your device through the projector/monitor.
 
If your iOS device has iOS 4, or you have a laptop with iTunes 10.x or higher, you can display iTunes video content through the projector/monitor. For laptops, some kinds of media files will not display, so make sure to thoroughly test that your media will display before you attempt using it for a class or lecture.
 
The Apple TV devices make certain network demands that can affect other network traffic, so the IT Systems and Networking Group (SNG) has configured and dedicated a new section of the WiFi network for these devices, it is called “ClassroomTV”. SNG has done this to maximize the effectiveness of the Apple TV devices and to minimize the disruption they cause to other network traffic.

Service Categories

Service Categories: 
Computers & Mobile Devices

Audience

Audience: 
Students
Faculty
Staff
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