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  • Byron Nelson High School
  • Trophy Club, TX

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Classroom technology is in a constant state of evolution. Blackboards gave way to whiteboards, whiteboards made room for projector screens, and I believe now is the time for projector screens to welcome the Apple TV. Apple TV is a micro-console that can connect to televisions and projectors, allowing a wide range of apps, including YouTube, Amazon Prime Video, and Spotify, to be used for educational and entertainment purposes. But the real secret of Apple TV is its ability to "Screen Mirror." When screen mirroring, anyone with an iOS device, or literally half the student body population, can allow their phone to project onto the big screen. This matters. Students frequently use their phones to film TikToks, movie trailers, and other shareable content that can easily be used to teach social studies curricula in a manner the children respond to. While teaching the Berlin Conference, I can have students film commercials that advertise Africa's natural resources. Using whatever editing software fits their style, the students can then share the video instantly with their peers (via the Apple TV), without ever having to leave their desk or open a Chromebook. This reduces the transaction time (of emailing videos, downloading emailed videos, moving the downloaded video from the laptop screen to the projector screen), allowing more student-created content to be shared more quickly. In addition to the students screen mirroring their classwork, it will also allow me to screen mirror a host of apps from my district-issued iPad, such as the New York Times (which has interactive news articles that don't display the same on a web browser). In short, Apple TV has the capacity to capture the attention of our screen-addicted youth. It's time we harnessed its power.

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Classroom technology is in a constant state of evolution. Blackboards gave way to whiteboards, whiteboards made room for projector screens, and I believe now is the time for projector screens to welcome the Apple TV. Apple TV is a micro-console that can connect to televisions and projectors, allowing a wide range of apps, including YouTube, Amazon Prime Video, and Spotify, to be used for educational and entertainment purposes. But the real secret of Apple TV is its ability to "Screen Mirror." When screen mirroring, anyone with an iOS device, or literally half the student body population, can allow their phone to project onto the big screen. This matters. Students frequently use their phones to film TikToks, movie trailers, and other shareable content that can easily be used to teach social studies curricula in a manner the children respond to. While teaching the Berlin Conference, I can have students film commercials that advertise Africa's natural resources. Using whatever editing software fits their style, the students can then share the video instantly with their peers (via the Apple TV), without ever having to leave their desk or open a Chromebook. This reduces the transaction time (of emailing videos, downloading emailed videos, moving the downloaded video from the laptop screen to the projector screen), allowing more student-created content to be shared more quickly. In addition to the students screen mirroring their classwork, it will also allow me to screen mirror a host of apps from my district-issued iPad, such as the New York Times (which has interactive news articles that don't display the same on a web browser). In short, Apple TV has the capacity to capture the attention of our screen-addicted youth. It's time we harnessed its power.

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