AirServer for iDevices
Have you found an amazing app for your iPad that you want to share with students? Have a movie that you've bought in digital form that only located on your iPod? Have a picture that will enhance your teaching but its only on your iPhone? Luckily for you, there's an app for that.
AirServer allows you to beam music, movies, or photos from your iDevice to your computer with out the hassle of adapters or cords in full 1080p HD. It turns your computer, Mac or Windows into a server for the Mac program AirPlay. AirPlay is the pre-installed program on iDevices that allows you to beam your content wirelessly to an AirPort express, AppleTV, or bluetooth speakers. What you can't do with AirPlay is display content from your iDevice to your computer. AirServer makes this possible!
You do not have to install anything on your iDevice. The program is a free download (Windows / Mac) for 7 days as a trial, and if you love it like I do, it's $11.99 (students & teachers up to 3 computers).
To get started, navigate your web browser on your computer HERE to download AirServer.
Click on the blue FREE button for your computer type. In the window that pops up, type in your name and email address then click Submit Activation. You will then be emailed an activation link. Then open your email and click the link to activate your trial.
Once you have install the software on your computer, you will need to link the iDevice to the computer.To activate AirPlay on your iDevice push the home button twice quickly. Scroll left through the running programs and you should see a button which looks like the image below.
Once you have located the AirPlay button, tap the icon and your computer should show up in the list of options.Tap to select your computer and then slide the mirroring option to ON. Make sure your settings look like the image below.
You should now see your iDevice appear in a window on your screen!
TouchMouse for iPhone/iPad/iPod/Android
TouchMouse is a program by Logitech that allows you to operate your computer from your iDevice just as you would a mouse. It even has a built in keyboard for typing!
You will need to download software for your Android/iDevice AND computer before getting started.
For iDevices: Click Here or search the AppStore for Logitech. Make sure you have selected iPhone Apps at the top of the screen before searching if using an iPad. You will see that Touch Mouse is one of the first apps to appear.
For Android: Click Here or search Google Play for Airborne Free
- Android Paid Version includes a keyboard for $1.99.
For Computer: You will also need to download the computer software. Visit the Logitech Website to download the program. Choose your Operating System for your computer. Click the teal download program button to begin the download.
2 Ways to Connect the Devices
1). Computer on the Wireless Network
Make sure the computer you are using and the iDevice/Android are both connected to the SAME wireless network. When you start the app on the mobile device, you should see the name of your computer computer listed.
2). Type in the IP Address of Computer
If you don't see any computers listed, find your computer IP address by right clicking on the Remote Mouse icon in your task bar next to your clock then selecting Settings.
On your device you will need to input your computer's IP address. To configure this, please follow below:
iDevice: Input your computer's IP address in the box at the bottom of the app.
Android: tap your menu button, then tap settings, input the computer IP address where it says IP/Hostname. Tap back key.
You are ready to control your computer from a distance!
Would AirServer or TouchMouse benefit you in your classroom? How?
Share an app that you find would be useful to use with AirServer.