Hooking up an iPad to an IWB
Lately, the most popular question I’m asked by teachers is how to hook up an iPad to an Interactive Whiteboard. Technically, there isn’t a way of hooking up an iPad to an IWB. Rather you’re connecting it to a projector as, at this time of writing, there is no way to physically interact with the iPad using the interactive whiteboard and you still have to use the iPad itself to do so. I can think of three ways to hook up the iPad to the projector and there may be more.
Apple TV is a digital media receiver developed made by Apple. It basically hooks up your iPad to a projector. However, it does a lot more than that too. In order to make it work, you need to plug the Apple TV into your projector and then you can wirelessly work with your iPad and the results are seen on the big screen. Apple TV costs around €109 at the moment.
A cheaper option is to buy an adapter from Apple as shown on the right. There are two possible disadvantages to this. Firstly, the iPad is no longer a wireless device so it can’t be easily passed around the room. The second disadvantage is that many iPad apps are not compatible with the adapter.
The third option, that I know of, is the Reflection App, which essentially mirrors whatever is on your iPad onto the big screen. There’s a small bit of setting up to do but it seems to work well. It costs around €12 for a single licence of the app.
I presume someone is going to invent an app or a product that will allow people to interact on the IWB with an iPad plugged in at some stage but for now these will have to do!