Sunday, September 25, 2016

Don't have a Smartboard?! No problem, create one for less than $5!

Everyone in education knows that technology is an amazing way to get kiddos engaged in class  activities. Although many classrooms already have SmartBoards or some other interactive white board, there are still so many teachers who don't have the luxury of having fancy technology in their classrooms. The good news is that there is a very cheap alternative if you already have an iPad, computer and a basic projector. It's an app called Splashtop and it's AMAZING. The app allows you to connect your iPad to your computer wirelessly and to control your computer via the iPad. So you can connect your computer to the projector, and then you can control the computer screen/what students see on the white board by using the iPad while you walk around the classroom (or students could have control of the screen using the iPad at their desks) . Let me tell you, this app is life changing!

What you need:
-an iPad, a computer & a basic projector
--Splashtop 2 Remote Desktop-Personal App (download from app store for $4.99)



Steps/ How to Do it:
-Download the free Splashtop Streamer on your computer. (Click the link and then click the orange "download streamer" at the top right of the screen)

-Download the Splashtop App on your iPad.

-Create a Splashtop account. Then sign into the account on your computer and iPad (before you can sign on, you'll have to authenticate the account via your email).

-Once you're signed in, you'll see the name of your computer pop up on your iPad. Click on it and then go through the settings choices.

-Once you finish the settings, your iPad will be connected to your computer and you can control the computer using your iPad as a "remote."

You can connect your computer to the projector and then use the iPad to play games, read books online, and SO much more! Enjoy :) Let me know if you have any questions or issues and I'll do my best to help!

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