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I've been teaching high school math for over 20 years. I write about my experiences here and also share activities that I have done with my classes that have been successful (and some that have been not so successful).

How to Share Your iPad Screen with Your Students

If you are teaching full virtually or in a hybrid model (some students are at home and some are virtual), then you need a way to share your screen (and therefore your handwriting) with your students.

If you have a Mac and an iPad, I'm going to share one way you can share your iPad screen with your virtual students. 

Why not just join Zoom or Google Meet with the iPad?

Your first thought might be to have the iPad join your Zoom or Google Meet session. That does work, however, in my experience there is lag time between writing on the iPad screen and it shows up. This is rather annoying.

Connect the iPad directly to your Mac computer

To avoid the lag time, here's what you can do:

1) Connect your iPad to your Mac using your regular USB charging cable (the same cable that you use to charge the battery of the iPad).

This is an iPad Air, 1st generation and a MacBook Pro from 2017. 
I have to use an adapter because there is no USB port on the Mac.

2) On your Mac open QuickTime Player

3) Go to File > New Movie Recording 

4) Next to the red record button, click on the drop-down menu, then choose your iPad.

At this point, the iPad asked me to enter my passcode and to confirm that I "trust this computer."

5) You should then see your iPad mirrored onto your Mac computer screen.

NOTE: You do NOT have to actually click on Record in QuickTime Player. Unless you want to record your lesson. Be sure to check that the audio is working first.

If you are full virtual or hybrid, you can then use your Mac computer to share your screen through Zoom or Google Meet to the students at home.

If you are in a hybrid model, you can connect the Mac to your projector for your students in the classroom. You can change your Display Preferences to Extend the Desktop, drag the iPad screen to the extended desktop (aka your projector), and keep the Google Meet or Zoom screen on your main desktop so that you can see your students at home - all while you are writing on your iPad!

App Suggestions

Now that you have your iPad connected to your projector, what apps should you use? Here are a few suggestions:
  1. Show Me
  2. ExplainEDU (formerly known as Explain Everything - I used this in the past and loved it.)
  3. Notability (I haven't used this personally, but I hear wonderful things about it.)
  4. GoodNotes 5 (I haven't used this personally, but I hear wonderful things about it.)

Big thanks to my colleague, V, who showed me this setup and sharing her tips.

Disclaimer: this is not the current set up that I have in my classroom. If you would like to see my set-up, read this post: How to Teach Math in a Hybrid Schedule. I am on the Tech committee at my school, I love technology, and I am always experimenting with devices, equipment and apps; I enjoy sharing my experience.

What is working for you in a virtual or hybrid setting? Comment below.

Want more tips? Check out my post How to Give a Math Test During Distance Learning

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