Airplay in iOS 5

Airplay: One of the “quieter” new features of the new iOS 5 system release is the expansion of its functionality.
Watch a youtube video to become familiar with Airplay. It’s the feature on your iPad or iPhone that allows you to wirelessly stream photos, video and music from your iOS device to any external display such as an HDTV (through an Apple TV connection). It’s a wonderful feature and its only limitation is that it has been restricted to streaming media wirelessly – it could not be used to display apps or your iPad screen. As a consequence, AirPlay streaming has been utilized predominantly at home rather than in the classroom. That has changed with the release of Apple’s new iOS 5 operating system.
With iOS 5 you can now use AirPlay to “mirror” your entire iPad screen and display or project it. All that is required is an iPad 2, the new iOS operating system and an Apple TV (which sells for around $100) that connects to any TV, monitor or projector with an HDMI interface. You can project your iPad with a couple of simple steps … and it works wirelessly! Here’s how:

Double click the iPad home button
Slide your home screen to the right
If you have an Apple TV on your wifi network then you will see the AirPlay button (see below) 
Press the Airplay button and it display a list of all your enabled AirPlay devices
Select your display and you will get an option to turn on mirroring (assuming your Apple TV is running iOS 5 as well)

As a teacher, you’re no longer tethered to a cable at the front of your room. You’re free to roam around the room and throw your iPad screen to any Apple TV connected display. Even better, you can also have student iPads enabled with mirroring and ask any student to project their screen!  The process of sharing, discussing and collaborating in class is far simpler when everyone can quickly display their screen for all to see.
In summary, AirPlay is a very simple method for promoting sharing and collaboration in your classroom … and it’s an option that comes at a relatively affordable cost. Don’t forget Discovery Education iPad web app that allows student exploration of safe and appropriate educational content.
Check out other Discovery apps available on the iTunes store: Discovery Channel HD, Discovery Kids Sharks, US Geography, Discovery Channel, Discovery News,
Other updates with the iOS 5 features include: iWork suite of apps for the iPad – Keynote (presentations), Numbers (spreadsheets), and Pages (word processing)
These updates add iCloud support for the three apps, with these features:
Automatically store your documents in iCloud and keep them up to date across all your iOS devices.
Download your documents to a Mac or PC at as Pages ’09, Word, or PDF files.
Drag and drop Pages ’09, Word, or plain text documents to from your Mac or PC to have them automatically appear on your iOS devices.
Now you can sync with iTunes with Wi-Fi Sync: On your Mac over Wi-Fi, you need to open Settings > General > iTunes Wi-Fi Sync on your iOS device and also have iTunes up and running on your Mac. On iTunes, be sure to check “Sync with this [iOS device] over Wi-Fi,” which is found in the Summary information for the iOS device you’re trying to sync.

Posted for Linda Rush

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