Monday, November 19, 2012

Day 15: AirServer & Touch Mouse for iDevices

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. 

Software Downloads

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!

Your Challenge
Would AirServer or TouchMouse benefit you in your classroom? How? 
Share an app that you find would be useful to use with AirServer. 


28 comments:

  1. I don't have an i devices but I can see where this would be great for so many things I find and save to use 'in the future'. Just this weekend I found some very cool and informational info graphics I would like to use. As I copied and pasted they look blurry so maybe this would help. If I win this i device frim icats... then I will have more questions (and answers!) about these i ideas.

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  2. This app would allow me to use the magnetic alphabet app, that I use daily in my small groups, on an ActivBoard. This would be very helpful during word work and would be nice because it would be the same letters and format the kids are used to seeing in small group.

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  3. I have both AirServer and Touch Mouse. I use Touch Mouse a lot in class so I don't have to be tied to my Promethean Board. I can just walk around with my phone or iPad. As for AirServer, I have used it to play music in class. I have not used it for video yet since I don't have a new enough version on my desktop computer but the music streaming works great!

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    1. Curious: Are your idevices your own or school owned?

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  4. I am, alas, iDevice-less, so I will set this challenge aside for a time when I have an iPad, or will pass it along to someone else who is better equipped than I.

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  5. I have no i-anythings here, so this is a stretch for me. Touch Mouse sounds much like an airliner or tablet. It's good for freeing yourself from the "promethean board tether" and getting to roam around the classroom. It promotes better classroom management.

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  6. I am excited to use this in my room. Currently, I haven't used it as much since my students don't have iDevices in my room. But, I do think there are some apps that the class, as a whole, would benefit from. This is definitely on my short list of things to do.

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  7. thank you :) I am excited to use touchmouse. I've heard tales of this app, but just now used this opportunity to get it up an running. I'm excited about not being tied to my promethean board. I'm also thankful for airserver - for music purposes only, so not sure I'd want to dish out the dough. I'm looking forward to reading other comments to see what other ideas people come up with for the educational use of airserver.

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    1. Ok, I used this (touchmouse) last period. Is there a way to drag using this app? For example, making a doodle on the promethean board or dragging a window over?

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    2. Yes, hold down the left click button and drag your finger on the screen. I hope that works.

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  8. I as well don't have an I-device. I try to avoid monthly bills as much as possible and I have stuck with my Sony Ericsson phone well past the time to replace it to avoid data charges etc... I do see how it would be really convenient to move pictures and videos from you phone or device to the screen, and I have thought about getting an upgraded phone just so i wasn't attached to my board as much. The reality is that as a math teacher it is hard to write on you phone so the kids can read it. It looks like I will still be attached to my board for a while and I am okay with that. I don't like the small screens. The most likely use for this app in my room would be when I have that moment out in the real world where I see math actually taking place and I could take a short video or picture on the i-device and use it the very next day to show math being used in the real world. If the app wasn't restricted to the three devices it would be cool to assign a chapter assignment where the students had to capture a small video of them doing the math or seeing it used in the real world and send it to the screen as an exit to the topic or something.

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  9. No idevices here. Again, I'm really not a big fan of Apple products. I'm glad so see that touchmouse is android compatible because I personally think it is a far superior platform (mostly because Apple doesn't support Flash) I might consider using it so that I don't have to be up at the front of the room at my Promethean board/computer all the time if I am giving a presentation, or showing/sharing something to/with my students.

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    1. Rachel,
      I have to admit I have always been a PC person. I think the preference is like white bread and wheat bread. Whatever you start on it what you are more comfortable with and more likely to enjoy. Since winning the IPAD last year I am slowly becoming more familar with Apple products and the ins and outs of each. I too way very bummed when I tried to go to a favorite site that I had always used in class but it had flash so I could not use with the IPAD. However, there is a way to get around the flash issue. If you download the app called Rover, it is free and has a dog on a skateboard, it will allow you to play flash based items. It is similar to an internet explorer etc. and you type in the site you want and it takes you there. It does at time have some streaming issues but you can at least get around the flash issue and use them. Good luck with your other platform.

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  10. I see that Touchmouse is compatible with Android. I may have to try it with my Nook. Does anyone know if it will work? I would love to be able to control my board from the back of my room. It would help with discipline.

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    1. Kathryn,
      Sorry to report I do not have a nook to be able to answer your question. I'd love to know how things go!

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  11. Don't have any ipads or smartboards in my room so I don't think I'll be using this anytime soon. If and when I have the technology to use this, will give this a second look. I do have an airslate which seems to some of the same things.

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  12. Oh my! I have been searching and searching for something to put things from my Android phone and tablet to my computer and have been thus far unsuccessful in my search! The challenge is a life saver again. I cannot wait to play around with the things listed some more. I have a few apps that I have shown my students and used in class, but I constantly have to walk around with my phone or tablet for the students to all get the information. For example, when students are doing presentations I use a decible measure to show them how loud they are talking and where they need to be with voice control.
    As I find more apps to use and even maybe create this will be a great way to incorporate them.

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  13. I am glad to hear that there are other ways to have the IPAD be used rather than being tied to sitting around a table or hooked into the board directly. I had been looking for something similar to use with my IPAD and board. Earlier this year another teacher in my building introduced me to another similar FREE program called DOCERI. It appears to do many of the same features for free. I know there is a pay version of DOCRERI as well but so far I have been fine with the free version. I will check out the free trial of these two programs and compare but I hate that these are a paid. Is the fee for a year or per the month? use mine to help control the whiteboard, highlight something that is under the document camera, work through a problem, have the students write the answer to a problem from the IPAD to the board wtihout having to come up to the board, and just overall like the freedom I have. It does help with discipline because you are able to roam. I am 4th grade science and social studies so I like it to show a variety of websites that go with either subject such as google earth, FOSS web, or any number of sites that go with our social studies.

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  14. No iDevice for me either :-( I would love to be able to control my board from other places in the room, so I can see where this would be a beneficial tool as well as being able to share the apps with students. I have a lot of 7th & 8th graders who want to show me apps about nutrition or calorie counting (though their phones are technically not suppose to be in class).. So it makes it difficult..If I had an iPad, this site looks like it would be great.

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  15. I use splashtop on my Ipad to control my computer from anywhere in the classroom. It is a $5.00 app and works great. I would like to try the app for iPhone.

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  16. I must admit this sounds like one of the best tech tools so far in the 30-Day Challenge, for me personally. I can't wait to try this! I have iDevices and I can't wait to jump in!

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  17. So excited! Feel like I'm going to be hearing angels singing soon! This is the best post for me so far as well! I have an iPhone that I've been using the app - Inside Voice on. The kids always want to see how loud they are being. I didn't know how to get it on my ProBoard to show. I even got desperate enough to try and put it on my doc camera - ha! Didn't work to say the least! This is perfect! I also love the idea of not being stuck by the promethean board the whole time! Thanks!!

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  18. Airserver sounds very cool. I have an app I use to interface between my iPhone and my computer, already, but I had no idea there was an option for beaming music, movies, and etc. to another device. That is definitely an awesome opportunity!

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  19. I had just found another program that did the same thing, but I think I like this program better. I always have programs on my ipad that I want to share with the class, and I hated always having to disconnect my regular computer to hook up my ipad.

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  20. I have tried using splashtop and have not had much luck with it. Like you I am trying to find a way not to be tied to the Prometheian. I will definitely try this out! Thanks!

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  21. I am going to try this one out to cut the chord from the ipad to the promethian board. I have found another one called reflection that will mirror to another computer, but I have had to wait for an update on my computer at school. Next week, they will finally be here, so I am really looking forward to it and hope this works!

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  22. I like this, because I have some super-cool apps that I do want to share with my students, but what I really want is something that will turn my Promethean board into my full iPad screen, wirelessly. Anyone have an app for that?

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