Part 3B – Apple TV’s and their use in the Classroom

The Apple TV! Some might say “The what?” 

Believe it our not, this is not a TV. Some call it poor product naming, others don’t care. Either way, the little device known as the Apple TV is awesome!

I have previously talked about the apple TV in Part 3A – iPads and Airplay however, upon completing that post, it dawned on me that some of the amazing teachers out there might have questions as to how the apple TV should be set up*. Therefore, I have included some resources that I myself I have found very useful. Here are a couple of items of note:

  • You will need a VGA (video projection port) to HDMI converter for older projectors. ($50-$60). The KANEX VGA to HDMI adapter works well and is sold by Apple Online. You can go to the apple store to purchase one HERE.
  • Apple TV ($99)
  • VGA Cable w/ 1/4″ Audio Jack (Get it on amazon for pennies). The audio support is very important!

Instead of me rambling on, I have included video resources via YouTube and a publication that explain why you need the adapter and how the Apple TV works.

Adapter Review and Setup Video**

Apple TV Exploration (Kevin Honeycutt Video)

Macul Journal Summer ’13 (A publication put out by MACUL. You can find the pertinent info on page 18 of the article)

*NOTE: You will need a wifi connection to use the Apple TV. I recommend a wifi router like this one if you need something quick and simple. 

**NOTE: You don’t need the adapter if you have an HDMI port on your projector.