“AirPlay is a technology invented by and used by Apple to let users broadcast audio, video, and photos to compatible WiFi-connected devices.” Source
There are some technological changes happening in my home this year as we become enamoured with streaming music, television and movies over the WiFi. In short, our home is untangling from the cables that have, for decades, been snaking dustily behind speakers, computers, gaming and entertainment systems.
Apple TV is proving a popular way for us to view YouTube and iTunes movies. It is pretty cool for watching Flickr streams too. This kind of AirPlay mirroring will shortly be available in OS X Mountain Lion as this upgrade will bring a range iPad-like features to Apple computers. While waiting for Mountain Lion, AirParrot suffices, mirroring our Mac’s screen to Apple TV, allowing a range of extra and convenient viewing options.
We have also tried out some iOS games, that mirror to the television from our iPads, too. I am not certain that this will be a preferred gaming option for us but it does mean new, inexpensive games can be tried out easily on the big screen.
Mirroring my iPad or iPhone to my computer and television has been more than fun at home, it has been useful at conferences too. Tony Vincent‘s post started me off with using Reflection and then later, the excellent AirServer. These apps allowed me to wander around with my iPad while presenting, demonstrating a variety of tools and ideas that were being writ large on the presenter’s main screen.
I helped my Boss set up his new iPad the other day by turning my Macbook around to face him and mirroring from my iPad. It was a very convenient option while he played with his new toy, watching my screen.
Here’s another idea or two about mirroring an iPad with your own network that may be of interest.
NATIONAL BROADBAND NETWORK
This increasing reliance on our WiFi at home has us feeling excited that we will be able to take advantage of the NBN roll-out in Kiama, one of the first in Australia, with the faster connection speeds that will result. For readers not familiar with the National Broadband Network in Australia, this will, excuse my quip, bring you up to speed.
(Mirroring) makes the option of a ceiling mounted data projector with HDMI input look attractive 😉
Roger Pryor‘s quip on Twitter has me thinking about how to set up a classroom that takes advantage of the current technology. I mentioned recently that I am impressed with the Sonos app that is now streaming music sites to our speakers but this is just the start.
What might be possible at school? How can we take advantage of technological innovations to improve engagement and learning?