AirPlay: A Simple Way to Expand your Screen and Share Content

Ever wish you could make your screen a little bigger or share your music, movies, and photos on your TV? Look no further than Apple AirPlay!

AirPlay is the built in functionality in Apple devices that helps you mirror your screen on a bigger display and stream audio in external speakers using Apple TV. In order to set up AirPlay, you will need an iPhone/iPad/MacBook and an Apple TV. With these Apple products, you can then follow these 5 simple steps to get the most out of your AirPlay experience!

  1. Make sure that both your Apple TV and iPad/iPhone or MacBook are connected to the same WiFi network.
  2. Next, find AirPlay in the control center icon on your iPhone/iPad or on the top right corner of the menu bar for MacBooks.

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  1. Once you’ve found AirPlay, choose your Apple TV from the list of the Apple TVs that appear in the dropdown menu when you select the AirPlay icon.
  2. When connecting to an Apple TV for the first time, you will receive a code which you will then enter into your Apple device. Once you’ve done this initial setup once, you should then be able to connect to your Apple TV without a code simply by selecting it from that dropdown menu. After you select your Apple TV, your AirPlay is set up and you will see your screen appear on the TV. Your every move on your screen will now be mirrored on the larger screen of the TV to share with others.
  3. Once you want to stop mirroring your screen through AirPlay, you simply go back to the AirPlay icon and deselect your Apple TV.

We hope you find AirPlay efficient, useful, and easy to setup whether it’s in your classroom or at home!

Quick Tips to Help Your Student Become More Tech Savvy

In today’s world computer navigation and learning one’s way around technological resources for education can save hours each day and put students on the path to achieving success in their respective classes.

While technology, at times, can feel overwhelming, follow some of our tricks below to help your student organize their workflow and enhance learning development both in and out of the classroom:

  • Master Keyboard Shortcuts: Not only will this save you time on frequently used computer tasks, it will also help students become adept to important typing and keyboard skills.
  • Use Browser Bookmarks: No matter the browser, the bookmark tool can help students quickly navigate to frequently used web pages and online material with less searching and fewer clicks
    • All web browsers have their own built-in bookmarking features in the form of some type of star icon near the address bar, though locations may vary
    • Clicking on that specialized star will save a webpage to a bookmark list in the browser
  • File Organization: Similar to how bookmarks streamline online learning time, students should also create a filing system for computer documents to keep their work secure and easily accessible
    • A consistent filing system may include: name, date, subject and assignment type.
    • Google Drive is a popular information storage system your student may wish to utilize
    • Backup your data to prevent losing important data using the Google Drive, saving files to a flash drive, to an external hard drive, or in cloud storage
  • Computer Checkups: Just like it’s important for us to get check-ups, our devices need them too! A slow computer can be frustrating and cut-down on learning time.
    • Check your device for important updates
    • Remove clutter and unused shortcuts from your desktop
    • You should have a free antivirus program such as Avast, AVG Free, or Microsoft Security Essentials downloaded on your computer.
    • Shutting down and re-booting as well as removing duplicate or unneeded files can help speed things up!
    • Free up space by uninstalling unneeded programs with the Control Panel
    • Make sure at least 15% of your hard drive space is free at minimum
    • Run a disk defragment, allowing your hard drive to place all saved data together in order to make it easier to access

What tips or tricks do your students use to ease their online learning experience? Share below!

Safe and Simple Data Backup with Google Drive

Keeping your data backed up is extremely important. With the stress of daily work, keeping your data backed up can be the last thing on your mind. It can be easy to tell yourself: ‘I’ll get to it eventually’. Unfortunately, that can mean waiting weeks or even months before you backup your files.

Fortunately, Google has provided us with an easy tool for backing up our data: Google Drive. Most people are already somewhat familiar with Drive on the web and use it to create new documents, spreadsheets, and presentations. However, many people don’t take full advantage of Drive’s capability to upload files directly from the computer. Here are a few easy steps to follow in order to upload your files to Drive:

  1. In your preferred web browser, navigate to drive.google.com
  2. If you are not already signed into Google click ‘Go to Google Drive’ where you will be prompted to enter your email and password.
  3. After signing in click on ‘New’ in the top left corner.
  4. Then, click on either ‘File Upload’ or ‘Folder Upload’. From the window that opens, choose the file or folder you want to upload to Drive; it’s that quick.

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If you’re like me, and regularly forget to backup files, Google provides a handy tool for automatic backup. To set this up, use the Drive desktop application for your computer or phone. You can start using the Drive App by following these instructions:

  1. In your preferred web browser, navigate to https://www.google.com/drive/download/
  2. Select ‘Download’ on the right side of the screen.
  3. Once the installer has downloaded, open it and follow the prompts for installation.
  4. Once the installer is finished, open the Drive App and enter your school email and password.
  5. This will create a Google Drive folder on your computer that will automatically sync any file or folder in it with Drive on the web.

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