One of the things I love about my job is discovering a new way to do things that is smart, practical, and intuitive to the end user. If you are an educator or presenter looking for a way to include group interaction in a workshop, or if you want to capture content from your iPad to teach others, then read on. You’ll want to check out an app called Reflection. I’m not affiliated with it in any way other than I am another happy customer!
Reflection mirrors the content on your iPad to another Mac friendly device – your Mac laptop, a projector, or even multiple devices. And it does it pretty seamlessly IF you have an iPad 2 or newer, or an iPhone 4S or newer. The only requirement is that all the devices must be connected on the same wifi network. That means you will also want a decent Internet connection speed to avoid any lag times in displaying content.
How could this be beneficial? You could be working with a large audience or class and use this concept to engage and stimulate group discussion. Individuals could share the iPad and the rest of the group can watch real-time on a big monitor. Incredible! I use this app in conjunction with SnagIt to record content from my iPad as the basis for my video lessons for you on this blog.
You can try out the app for free – you are given up to 10 min to mirror content for free. Or you can register for a nominal fee (at the time of writing, the purchase cost for a single user is $14.99 USD).
Here’s a video on how to turn on content mirroring from an iPad 3 to an older MacBook Pro, with OS 10.6.8 (3:03 min):
Or, here are the steps:
1. On your laptop, launch Reflection. No need to change any of the default settings for now.
2. On your iPad, go to your taskbar (double click the Home button).
3. Swipe to the left to display the volume and music options.
4. Select the Reflection button (it appears between the fast forward button and the volume slider). The AirPlay Menu will appear.
5. From the AirPlay menu, choose the device you want to display the content on to (e.g. in this case it was the MacBook Pro).
6. Turn on Mirroring.
7. Click elsewhere on your screen to hide the AirPlay menu.
8. Now, everything you do on your iPad will be displayed on your other device. Cool, hey? When you don’t need to mirror content any more, just exit out of Reflection from your laptop.
Until next time, Susan