One of the parts of my job that I love, is teaching classes for Adult Education at my local high school. I have taught many classes over the past 15 years, from how to use Word and Excel, to how to build your own computer.
I tend not to use a projector when I teach, because it ties me to the computer and I tend to get ahead of my students. I prefer to walk around the classroom and make sure that none of the students are getting behind. I’m currently teaching a class where my messy handwriting on the board leads to mistakes when the students type the HTML tags I have written into their web pages. To fix this, I have started using Power Point instead of writing on the board.
The first week of class, the power point worked pretty good, but I had to return to the projector each time I wanted to advance a slide. This week, I was thinking that it would be nice if the notes that went with my slideshow were on my iPad, so I went looking for an iPad app that would display PowerPoint slideshows.
I didn’t find exactly what I was looking for… instead, I found something even better!
I found an app named, “Slideshow Remote”. This cool app has a free version and an upgrade that you can purchase. So far, I have only used the free version, and it does everything I need.
Slideshow Remote displays my power point slides on the iPad along with my teaching notes, and it also connects (via Wi-Fi) to my laptop which is displaying the slideshow on the projector. When I am ready to move to the next slide, I simply tap the screen of my iPad, and the laptop advances to the next slide. It was so cool!
Slideshow Remote does require a working Wi-Fi connection. Both the laptop and the iPad (it also works with your iPhone or iPod touch) need to be connected to the Wi-Fi, and I had to install a free program on my laptop in order for the two to communicate.
I am impressed with how easy this was to set up. I was able to concentrate on teaching the class, and I am thrilled that I won’t have to depend on a printed copy for my notes.
If this is an app that you can use, check it out at:
This week, I am going to experiment with some of the other types of documents it will work with. It says that it will display Word documents too. I would love it if I could type code on my iPad directly onto the projector…
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