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Splashtop Remote

A remote desktop app that allows you to control the desktop, as well as stream video and audio from your PC or Mac. Requires a free desktop app to be installed, configured and running. May take some tweaking to get working as it requires certain ports to be open in the firewall. Today's price is $5 which is a bargain. I watched a tech director use this app to login to his desktop computer and from the desktop computer, and then login to access the application which manages the video cameras from around the district and monitor a camera in a specific building (even control the camera.) Another tech director used this product (or it may have been a companion product from the same company) to control the tools associated with their classroom's Interactive White Board.

Apple TV

The Apple TV is not really a TV but a small black box. It allows an iPad running OS5 to wirelessly connect to a projector or TV via an HDMI cable. Many districts do not have projectors which support HDMI so they opt for an HDMI to VGA with audio converter. A teacher has the option to set a password so only the teacher can project to the Apple TV or may want to leave it open so students can share their iPad.

Below is a list of items you may want to purchase to support this. Thanks to Tim Kamps from Holland Christian Schools, Holland, MI for sharing.

Reflection - the Apple TV alternative (requires a Mac computer)

Users who use Macintosh OSX devices can connect their computer to a projector or TV and wirelessly connect their iPad to their Macintosh OSX computer using an application called Reflection and AirPlay. This application resides on Macintosh OSX computer and requires OSX 10.6 (Snow Leopard) or greater. There is nothing to install on the iPad. Both video and audio are transmitted to the computer and through the computer to the projector. Cost $14.95 or a 5 license pack is only $49.95. Order it from http://www.reflectionapp.com Watch this YouTube video demo of Reflection


Large Type - Share messages with students via large text
red:green - provide feedback - big or small
Timer+ - count down timer with audio alert


YouTube is a fantastic way for a teacher or administrator to learn new content or introduce content to your students.


TourWrist is an amazing app for showing 360º panoramas from locations around the world. Some locations are not outside, such as a tour of a jail cell. You can even add your own.


  1. Search YouTube on the iPad for a tutorial on an application you want to learn to use on the iPad.
  2. Show a large screen message to someone from across the room using LargeType
  3. Tour a locations you want to introduce to your students