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Wireless Display in the Classroom

Wireless Display in the Classroom

With the introduction of the Airplay Mirroring feature in the latest Apple operating system, MTSS have recently been experimenting with this high definition wireless display technology.Airplay Mirroring is a feature that allows an Apple laptop, iPad or iPhone to wirelessly display a mirror of its screen to Apple’s AppleTV 2 set-top box. With the addition of a specialized VGA adapter, this is an affordable and effective solution for using these devices with the installed projection systems in the classroom.

Airplay Mirroring is part of OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) and iOS 5, and is available on these devices:

  • MacBook Air (Mid 2011 or newer)
  • MacBook Pro (Early 2011 or newer)
  • iPad (iPad 2 and newer)
  • iPhone 4S

For older Macintosh computers and Windows machines, there is a third-party application called AirParrot available. This allows computers that do not have native Airplay Mirroring to connect to the Apple TV 2. However, because this technology requires a great deal of processing power, performance will decrease the older your computer is.

Unfortunately, there is no alternative solution for the first generation iPad or older iPhones. For these devices, we suggest the use of a document camera.

MTSS is continuing to research this technology and work with our IT department to ensure all security concerns and wireless networking issues are addressed.  We are looking to test this out in the Spring 2013 semester with a test group prior to a larger deployment.