Air Play for Presentation | iPad integration in Education |Apple TV

Mirror your iPad using Apple TV
Often when you are making a presentation or conducting a PD or even teaching you would require technologies that augment your presentations. Sometimes technologies get too complex and many a time does not integrate very well with the process. Quite a bit of time usually gets used up for setting up of these gadgets.

Newer technologies are emerging now, which can be used seamlessly for your day to day presentations. One of the most attractive and practical device I like is the iPad. The iPad in itself is an amazing piece of hardware which seamlessly integrates into your daily life. Now combine it with an Apple TV, it becomes a powerful device for presentations. The device can turn into either a white-board or a simple Power Point or Keynote Presenter.

When you wirelessly integrate this device by using the Air Play this is one of the most amazing tools any speaker, presenter or teacher can have in making their presentations more effective and even collaborative.

The playlist of videos below show how you can achieve this in a real environment and much more.

i-Clicker | Remote for Power Point | iPhone

i-Clicker Power Point remote
I had a hardware based remote, since the device was left on my laptop all the time it kind of got physically damaged, the whole contraption cost around 40 $. Now that it is dead I have no plans of buying another one at the same price that is when I started looking for an app based remote for my iPhone. Tried the free version of i-Clicker and was able to set it up, took a bit of time but eventually it worked. The free version is good for Power Point files with 15 slides, then it stops working, should restart if you want to continue working.
The paid app costs $9.99, I am not sure if it is worth this price, should have had a price of $ 3 or less as it has some inherent infrastructure problems. At home it works well as you are connected to your home network, but when you are making a presentation while on the move it is kind of difficult to get access to the local network; this can also slow the loading of your slides.
However if you plan to use this as a app on the go on Windows or Mac here is a workaround.(This will eventually cost you the same as a hardware based device) I had an old router lying around at home, which I was not using, so I decided to carry this along to my workplace or anywhere I wanted to use the presentation.

1. Set up a wireless network and connect both your iPhone and your laptop you plan to use to this network. This network need not be connected to the Internet.

2. Make sure you have iTunes installed on your computer as i-Clicker needs the Bonjour service which is used by iTunes

3. Download and install i-Clicker PC control on your computer, this is also available for your Mac.

4. Download and install the i-Clicker app on your iPhone, Android, W7 or windows mobile – it works on all of these phones

Now you are all set to fire up your remote and test your Power Point remote

5. Start your i-Clicker Control on your laptop PC or Mac, you will see the different options available for iPhone select Apple iOS. Here you will see three options
a) Standard wireless
b) Direct Wireless
c) Bonjour
If you have Bonjour installed and shows a green check mark that is the easiest to work, if you plan to use the Standard Wireless it will be a good idea to assign a static IP to your wireless network, as you will need it to configure your app on your iPhone

6. Start your i-Clicker, if it is the lite version it you tell you about the number of pages you can use, click continue, you will get two options
a) Direct connection using Bonjour – Your PC name with .local will indicate it – Select it if you plan to use Bonjour, your iPhone will be connected and then it will give you the option to select new presentation

b) If you go with manual connection, you will have to enter the IP address of your computer and click the blue arrow to continue and it will connect to your computer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7. You may have either used choice 6 a) or b) does not matter it will both give you the option to select new presentation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8. As soon as you have selected new presentation, a browse folder will open up on your PC or Mac, now select the presentation you plan to use.
Now you will see this pop up on your laptop “i-Clicker is preparing your presentation please wait” one this is done your remote goes on to a screen on your iPhone which gives you options for setting up the timer, skip and it will take you to the remote page where you have the left and right red arrows.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9. You are all ready to use your remote, there are a number of menu options which you can play around with once you are set up.
Enjoy

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Syncing docs with itunes

How to sync pdf files with itunes and print them using air print

Lets say you have “Air Print” enabled iphones or ipads, now you want to print a document which you made in your computer using word, how do you sync it with your iPhone or iPad to take it with you or print as and when you need it.

What I have noticed is that when printing from your iPhone or iPad best results are obtained when pdf files are used. When using a word document to print there may be issues with document formats and fonts changing. So save your document as a pdf file.

Now all you have to do is start itunes, go to add file to library, the dialogue box lets you browse folders to select the document; select the pdf file you want to sync with your iphone or ipad. once that is done sync your iphone or ipad with your computer, if you are using iOS version 5.0.1 you can sync your documents over the air wirelessly .

Once the files are synced your pdf files will appear in your iBooks. Select the document you have synced and you can now print the document with your air print feature.

Alternatively you can email the document the .doc or .pdf file to your self save the document in iBooks and print.

Air Print

One of the most important functionality of the iPad is its ability to print documents directly to printers. This function changes the productivity of the device 100% to an educator, or anyone for the matter. The question is what do you need for the air print functionality to work properly.

  • First of all you need an airprint compatible printer; there are a number of printers that are compatible with air print, do your research before you buy a printer. If you already have a printer check with the manufacturers website to see if air print functionality has been added, for some printers a firmware upgrade would enhance this functionality.
  • You need to have a home wireless network infra structure. The printer and the iPad or iPhone should be connected to the same network; this is important.
  • Some wireless routers do not allow air printing functionality, this is because it does not allow “bonjour” functionality. Apple devices use the bonjour functionality for communicating. So if you can change your security settings on your router to allow this functionality your air print enabled printer would be visible on your iPad or iPhone. The security settings of your router does determine this functionality.
  • Once all the above factors are met you should be able to print most documents on to your printer wirelessly.
  • What I have noticed is, if you need your document not to loose its formatting it is a great idea to export your document as a pdf file and send it to your iPad or iPhone first either as an email attachment or sync it using itunes; then open the document in iBooks ¬†and select share-print, select the printer which should be visible in your device, determine the number of copies needed then send the document for printing.
  • List of Airprint enabled printers from apple website
  • Note: If you are unable to see any Air Print enabled printers on your device – buying apps for printing from the appstore is not going to help you – so do not waste your money
  • Router Settings: Make sure the WMM function is enabled, for iphones and ipads to communicate with your router this appears to be necessary. – For dlink this has to be enabled, but air print works very well with the default settings. Linksys has issues when working with Air print. Turning off multicast filtering may help.
  • Link to Youtube video on how to set up your HP LaserJet Professional Printer to Wirelessly print from an iPad or iPhone

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