Monday, March 21, 2016

Control your SMART Board with your iPad

Recently I have had a few teachers ask about how to use their iPad to control their SMART Board. The desire to be able to interact with SMART Notebook lessons while being mobile is with merit. If a teacher simply uses Airplay to project their iPad screen through their project, then they aren't able to take advantage of the interactive features of the SMART Board... namely in SMART Notebook lessons.  So here is one possible solution:

Use the Splashtop Remote to display everything from your laptop, but control from your iPad.  It is a free setup as long as your iPad and your laptop are on the same local network (in other words, both are at school, rather than one at home and one at school, etc.) Here is what you should do:

1) On your iPad: Download the Splashtop 2 Remote Desktop - Personal app from the App Store. Create a free splash top account and sign in. 

2) On your Mac or PC: Download Splashtop Streamer (Personal edition) from the web and install.  Sign in with your same account.

You should get an email alert that your splash top account is being accessed by a new device.

3) Back on your iPad: you should see a connection to your laptop on the main screen of the Splashtop app. 

If for some reason it has a satellite icon on it, that means that both devices aren’t signed in to the same network.  Once they are, you should see a connection without a satellite icon.  Click on that and wait a minute or so. Now you should be able to tap on your iPad and have it control all your “clicks” on your Mac. So anything in SMART Notebook will work just like you are physically standing at your SMART Board, but you can walk around the room. 

An alternative is to buy the SMART Notebook app for iPad.  It is currently $5.99 in the App Store. But then you are loading your Notebook files into it, and I’m unsure as to whether everything converts perfectly or not. I’d try the Splashtop setup and please let me know if it works or not. 

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