How To Use This In The ClassroomHook it up (via HDMI) to a television or projector and then you can mirror any Apple device with a relatively recent operating system onto the screen. Also great for browsing YouTube videos, watching an educational video snippet on Netflix, or even watching live news from Sky TV or ABC.
Key InfoThe Apple TV is just a 'hobby' for Apple but so many people use it ... they must have to update it and improve it soon. Keep an eye out for Apple to make a move in the television space soon. Look for it on GEDB when they do!
What Teachers Should KnowGreat for collaborating (sharing screens on AirPlay), demonstrating concepts (mirroring your iPad or MacBook), or simply watching some educational videos on YouTube or Netflix. Also supports Sky TV for some real-time global news coverage. Great for history classes!
What Students Should KnowTry out the Apple TV by using a MacBook and an Apple TV-connected TV. Mirror your screen and do your next report from anywhere within wi-fi range. Could be a great way to get the class to pay a bit more attention the next time you need to present!
ProsApple TV is one of those pieces of hardware that gets little to no love in the online discussion forums. That's too bad since it's incredibly powerful and easy to use. If you have wi-fi in your classroom and a TV with an HDMI port, you must get one of these little black boxes. It'll unlock a world of AirPlay-related streaming, educational YouTube video watching, and more.
ConsYou must have wi-fi, an iTunes account, and an HDMI TV. Otherwise you can't really use Apple TV. That being said, those things are becoming increasingly popular in newly connected classrooms.
The Official Description
Apple TV is a tiny entertainment powerhouse that gives you access to the biggest names in entertainment, in up to 1080p HD. Just plug it in and enjoy a whole world of movies, TV shows, sports, music, and more. And you can show anything that’s on your Mac or iOS device on your HDTV with AirPlay. You’re gonna need a bigger couch.
Apple TV gives you anytime access to endless entertainment. Thousands of HD movies and TV shows from iTunes — many in stunning 1080p — play through Apple TV on your HDTV, and music, photos, and videos stream from your computer. You just click and watch. With AirPlay, it’s simple to play content from your iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, or Mac on your TV.1 And finding whatever you’re in the mood for — from any Apple TV content provider — is quick and easy thanks to a beautiful and consistent interface.
Quiet, energy efficient, and so small it fits in the palm of your hand, Apple TV sits neatly on a TV stand or in a crowded media cabinet. When it’s not filling your living room with drama, romance, and comedy, it uses less power than a night-light. And the included Apple Remote makes it easy to get to your favorite entertainment.
To set up Apple TV, just plug the power cord into the wall and connect Apple TV to your high-definition TV using an HDMI cable (sold separately). Getting started couldn’t be simpler — just hold your iPhone or iPad with Bluetooth turned on near Apple TV and it will learn about your home network and receive your account settings automatically.3 Since everything streams wirelessly to Apple TV using your Wi-Fi network, that’s all you need to do. Except make popcorn.
With AirPlay, you can wirelessly stream content from your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch to your widescreen TV via Apple TV.1 So if you want to watch a movie stored on one of your devices, you don’t need to buy or rent it again to watch it on the best screen in the house. You can also stream home movies, photos, or videos from websites and AirPlay-enabled apps. And with AirPlay Mirroring, you can display the screen of your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch on your HDTV.4 So when you tap, swipe, pinch, or play something, it shows up on the big screen — ideal for sharing entertainment with friends or showing off your gaming skills (or lack thereof).
With iCloud, you can buy movies and TV shows on Apple TV and watch them on your iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Mac, or PC. And vice versa.5 iCloud also stores your photos and videos, pushing them wirelessly to all your devices6 — including your HDTV via Apple TV. It’s the easiest way to get instant access to your content, no matter which device you’re using.
Fill your home with the music you love right from your Apple TV. Now you can listen to iTunes Radio — with free streaming radio stations featuring the best selection of music. Or choose Music from the main menu to play your purchased iTunes music directly from iCloud. If you’re an iTunes Match subscriber, you can even access songs you’ve imported from CDs. And any music you buy from the iTunes Store via Apple TV is accessible across all your devices.