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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iPhone in Education

iPhones are amazing in so many different ways. End of semester is a time one scrambles to get your technology gadgets for class room presentations. My laptop was down and departmental laptops were all signed out and needed one for an important lesson which had a video and a power point as two instruments for the lesson that was planned.

Then I realized I could use the iphone for showing my video all I needed was an mp4 format. However presentation was a problem, even with documents to go there was no way I could send it over to the over head LCD projector. But I know for a fact that photos and videos can be presented with an iphone that is not jailbroken. I also realize that Power Point has a feature in which you can export all your slides as jpg files, so the next step was to export my Power Point as jpg, but to get the photos play as a slide show on iphone in sequence I had to rename the slides form 1, 2 ,3 etc to 01, 02 and 03 this should be done up to 09, this is if you have less than 99 slides if it is more than 100 and less than 999 then you may want to rename them to 001, 002 etc. Next I had to sync my power point slides as jpg with the iPhone. Now I am all set for the presentation slide show.

Depending on the iphone model you may want to get the right cables, the right cables for my LCD over head projector was a component cable, which apple has; it costs about 45 C$ it works with iphone 3GS and 4. You may alternatively use the composite AV cable to play the videos on a TV or LCD projector. Before you start the slide show make show you go to settings and change the timing for the slide show to the max value or around 20 seconds. This gives you ample time to discuss the slide and you can manually advance the slides.

Everything worked fine and my iphone saved my day.