Mirroring an iPad's display onto a large screen is great for demonstrations, simulations, explanations, and showing examples–and it tends to often happen in classrooms where each student uses an iPad. There are several ways mirroring this can be done in the classroom, most commonly by using an adapter or wirelessly using AirPlay to an Apple TV or computer). On May 22, 2014 we shared our experiences, tips, uses, and questions about mirroring student and teacher iPads!

I had the privilege of moderating May 22nd'ss chat for teachers whose students each have an iPad on Twitter from 8:00-9:00 pm (EST). I tweeted several questions over the course of the hour. When responding to one of these questions, chatters prefaced their tweets with A1, A2, A3, etc. to indicate what they were replying to. Of course, including the hashtag #1to1iPadchat in the tweet is necessary for your tweets to show up in the chat.

  • Q1: Tell us what you teach and how you display iPad’s screen for students to see. AppleTV? AirServer? Reflector? Adapter? 8:01 pm

  • Q2: What was the last thing you mirrored? What’s the most common thing you mirror? 8:08 pm

  • Q3: Tell us about an unexpected or interesting use of mirroring in your classroom. 8:17 pm
  • Q4: Why might you use an iPad as a document camera? 8:25 pm
  • Q5: Got any classroom management advice for having students mirror their work? 8:31 pm
  • Q6: What technical difficulties have you had with AirPlay and how did you work through them? 8:38 pm
  • Q7: You can record your iPad’s display when mirrored to a computer. Let’s share some videos made this way. 8:49 pm

#1to1iPadchat happens Thursdays from 8:00-9:00 pm (EST) on Twitter using the hashtag #1to1iPadchat. You can view tweets from the chat by searching Twitter for the keyword #1to1iPadchat.


You might notice that I start some of my tweets with @tonychats. By starting with a username that no one else follows, I can filter out tweets from my followers' timelines. Only those who visit my Twitter page or those who are searching for #1to1iPadchat will see my tweets. I do this because moderating a chat can generate a lot of tweets and I don't want my followers to feel spammed.