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Benefit of wireless video connection in the classroom

Not all classrooms are designed to maximize the benefits of an electronic display, especially when the classroom itself was either not designed by a tech-savvy architect, or the it was modified to somehow accommodate electronic display functionality at the request of administration. In the case of one classroom, a little bit of both.

We have two flatscreen monitors on either end of a classroom, with a mobile rack (held down by the length of the cords connecting to the wall jacks) in the corner. For someone wanting to use video or a slideshow via computer, the task of using a computer while trying to engage with the students is a daunting task, unless you’re willing to walk through a floor of wires in what is already a tight space.

It’s a perfect storm to showcase the usefulness of a wireless connection; more specifically, the Apple TV. Using the Apple TV has allowed the teacher to remain in the ‘teaching zone’ of the classroom, rather than disappearing into the corner, or jump roping through wires during a lesson. The iPad is easy to hold, and the Apple TV gives the teacher full access to the wall displays.

In short, the Apple TV allows the classroom to used as it’s intended purpose without the distraction of its potential assets.


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This day in Ed. Tech

In the late morning classes, one senior teacher was using an iPad as he wirelessly connected to a projector via AppleTV in order to demonstrate to students how to understand UNHCR country profiles as part of their Model United Nations training. As he gave a tour of the profiles, students used their smart phones to view the web pages being shown. On the other side of the room, an exchange student who does not have a smart phone was issued a school iPad connected to the room’s WiFi system for the activity.

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iPads for assisting in international exchange office

IMG_2332Our International Exchange Office were assisting potential exchange students in their application for admissions into schools throughout Victoria, B.C., Canada. As the application was only available online, we found our iPads to be a valuable tool for not only ease of use, but also gave our International Exchange officer the flexibility to move around and assist students, all while using an Apple TV to project and example application. The setup also allowed students to easily move around and assist each other.

For as simple as an application process may be, the mobility of the iPads (lack of computer desks, wires, and the like) made the process much more simple.

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Breaking down the barrier, one brick at a time.

Japan for the part is conservative. They value their traditions, and they value their customs. Teachers especially, develop a keen sense of being the lecturer. She speaks, you listen. She writes notes on the board, you copy. No questions asked, literally. And so it with that, trying to introduce different means of interaction, different teaching methods, or different ideologies can be quite a hassle. While much of the world is searching for new, innovated, cost-cutting ways of educating our children, most educators in Japan will reply, “the chalk and black works perfectly fine.” So, it is fascinating and exciting when a Japanese teacher agrees to give something new a shot.

IMG_2260Last week, one of our social studies teachers wanted to show a powerpoint slideshow, so I had asked if he would be willing to give the iPad a try. He agreed, and we spent a few minutes making sure he was familiar with using a touch screen, something, up until then, had never used. We connected the iPad to an Apple TV, and he gave his brief lecture. The most fascinating aspect was not of my colleague using the iPad, but the students’ reaction to him using it. After getting over the shock of him using an iPad, they began encouraging him, and even assisting in swiping to the next slide and annotating.

The students were amused, but more importantly, they remained intrigued at the presentation. My colleague at the end joked about it being his first time, but commented that the experience was good.

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It’s the simplest of doings that matter

Teacher demonstrates student-made videos uploaded to youtube using an iPad wirelessly connected to a classroom projector via Apple TV

Teacher demonstrates student-made videos uploaded to youtube using an iPad wirelessly connected to a classroom projector via Apple TV

Kyoto Gaidai Nishi High School’s first week of iPad use has been bumpy, to say the least, but what I have learnt is that for as powerful of a device the iPad can become inside the classroom, it is the simplest of doings that matter to the educators using them. Being able to access an e-mail account and view private YouTube content have been two such examples of simple doings. I learnt that despite the instinct of having a totally secured device, having cookies disabled only complicates what a non-tech teacher would see as a basic function. websites require cookies for a user to log into its services. Lesson learnt. Then the native iOS app versus the mobile site. Apps are there to give users an experience only iOS gives, and YouTube is a prime example of such, as we were unable to access a full list of unlisted videos students uploaded to be viewed by the class. For some reason, the mobile version of YouTube limited the video list to 6 videos without a “see more” button. Finally uploading the native app changed that. If an app exists, use it. Lesson learnt.

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