AirServer, AirPlay, and AirDrop– three different things with similar sounding names.
Let’s take a quick look at each one and what it does.
According to Apple, “AirPlay lets you wirelessly stream what’s on your iOS device to your HDTV and speakers via Apple TV. Or mirror exactly what’s on your display to the big screen. Vacation photos, blockbusters, the latest games — AirPlay and Apple TV put it all on your TV.“
What does that mean? If you have Apple TV- you can use AirPlay to mirror (show, display) what is on your iPhone, iPad, MacBook or iPod Touch to your television.
How? Click on the AirPlay icon, find the name of your Apple TV, it may or may not ask you to type in a code displayed on the screen or to enter a password (depending on your Apple TV settings) and that’s it! Easy Peasy.
Click here to see compatibility.
What if you don’t have Apple TV? What if you don’t even have a television in your classroom? What if you just have a projector? That’s okay! Here’s why:
If you have a MacBook or a PC as well as a projector in your classroom, then chances are you are already able to project your computer screen.
– What if you want to show your students something on your iPad?
– What if your students have iPads and you would like to project a student’s screen?
AirServer allows you to do this- without the use of Apple TV or any extra cords.
Note: AirServer is not free and you will need to have 1 license for each computer that you plan to use it on, but it opens up so many possibilities in the classroom.
With AirServer You Can:
– move around the classroom with your iPad in hand while allowing your students to see your iPad screen up on the projector.
– mirror a students screen to allow them to share their work (and their thinking) with others.
– mirror more than one screen simultaneously (side-by-side).
– record your screen with audio. (screencast)
AirServer turns your computer into a receiver. Using AirPlay, on the iPad you would find your computer’s name, connect to it and then mirror onto your computer, which in turn mirrors it onto the projector.
A couple of things:
– Your computer has to be connected to a projector or this process won’t work.
– Your computer and the iPad that you would like to display must be on the same wireless network.
Why? I know that some schools have a separate wireless network for students and for faculty, be sure that both devices are on the same network. If they are not, the iPad will not be able to find your computer through AirPlay.
Click here to see compatible devices.
AirDrop allows you to wirelessly send files (photos, documents, videos, etc.) to other nearby users.
Note: At this time, iOS devices can only AirDrop to other iOS devices and Macs can only AirDrop to other Macs.
The process (how you AirDrop files) is different for Macs and iOS devices.
I hope this helps a bit with the confusion. Tutorials for each are coming soon.