But I don’t have an Interactive Whiteboard!

have no fear… there are other ways around it!

In the current school I work at I do not have an interactive whiteboard in my room.

Having just invested in an iPod I came across an app called Air Display which allows you to control your computer remotely from your mobile device, trialling this by using one of the school’s iPads I then invested in an iPad myself.

I now successfully run my lessons with my laptop attached to a data projector and pass my iPad around the class for the students to interact with the screen.  The students love this and I feel it is just as interactive as if I had an IWB. In fact I like it better as my students remain seated and I take the iPad to them.

computer attached to data projector, iPad mirroring the computer through 'Air display'.
computer attached to data projector, iPad mirroring the computer through ‘Air display’.
student manipulating the computer screen via the iPad
student manipulating the computer screen via the iPad

below is a handout I wrote for my Interactive Music Room presentation at MTEC in Melbourne in April.

air display handout

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Teach to transform!

Cheryl

2 thoughts on “But I don’t have an Interactive Whiteboard!

  1. Hi, Just a quick query ….I have an apple mac computer and an iPad ….but the Music Room software will not run on Apple Mac? So can i put it on the iPad somehow and connect the iPad and apple mac together to allow the mirroring? Georgia

    1. Hi Georgia,
      the short answer is if you are running a recent version of the Mac OS then yes Easiteach is no longer supported by it.
      see a longer explanation here http://www.bushfirepress.com/musicroom/book_1/interactive/troubleshooting.html
      What you can do though (I have tested this as I own both a Macbook and a HP laptop) is install a virtual machine like Fusion from vmwear or Parallels and install windows XP or Win 7 onto it and run through this. I haven’t tested putting an older version of Mac OS on it, although google says you can.
      We are in the process of creating new versions to run on the newer macs
      I hope this helps
      Cheryl

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