Collaborative mobile learning

Shared learning can occur in large and / or small groups. From displaying a single through a digital tv / projector through to collaborative workspaces.

NearPod

What apps / services can I use to create a shared/collaborative workspace?

There are a range of web-based services that have mobile apps and/ or integration. Some examples are:

Evernote in action

NearPod in Action

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How do I display my mobile device on a TV or interactive whiteboard? 

Mobile devices such as the iPad have connectors as well as an operating system which allows the content to be displayed on alternative screen.  The big question is whether you going to be wired or wireless. 

If you are going to connect directly  from your mobile device to the TV or  data projector you will need the appropriate cable. In the case of IOS-based devices Apple manufacture a range of connectors that can be purchased at stores such as Dick Smith or directly from Apple's online store. Android based devices which have a HDMI port can also be connected to external display screens.

If you have a wireless network, within your classroom/school you can plug a streaming video device such as an Apple TV into your data projector or TV.  It is then a matter of pairing your mobile device to the Apple TV so that you can stream content from the device and have displayed on the larger screen. The caveat is that many new streaming devices only have HDMI connectors and all the dire projectors have VGA or RCA connectors. Listed below is a link to an Australian supplier  of converters.

  • AppleTV
  • Kanex ATV Pro HDMI to VGA w/ Audio SupportAirPlay® Mirroring For VGA Projector. Kanex ATV Pro allows a VGA projector to use Apple AirPlay mirroring from an iPad, Mac or PC to Apple TV. Eliminate the need for expensive HDMI projection equipment upgrades. No need for external power or additional power cords. How green is that? Just plug and play. ATV Pro also has a built in 3.5mm audio jack so you can interact with your audience in so many ways.
  • Kanex ATV Pro HDMI to VGA w/ Audio Support