In this edition of sAppurday, we’ll look at how to get a beautiful writing and drawing app up onto our classroom projectors wirelessly.
The iPad app Paper is a beautiful sketching app. It makes my drawings and handwriting look better than in real life. Paper is free, but includes several optional $1.99 upgrades to buy markers, watercolor brushes, and pencils in the app. I purchased one extra, but mostly just use the built-in pen tool.
Let’s Project It!
As soon as I started doodling with Paper, I immediately wanted to use it in class as on the overhead. The problem, of course, is how to get the iPad screen onto my LCD projector.
The answer is a second app called Air Server. This $15 app goes on your Apple Laptop. When it’s running, everything on the iPad’s screen appears on the laptop screen. Hook the laptop up to an LCD projector, and everything on the iPad screen projects onto the overhead screen. This all happens wirelessly, so you can roam freely around the class.
To accomplish this, you need either a second or third generation iPad. Your iPad also has to be on the same WiFi network as your latop, so they can communicate.
If you have the original iPad, you can still buy a VGA adapter and plug directly into your projector, but then you are wired and have less freedom to walk around.
A Stylish Stylus
The final piece to this puzzle is a writing tool. Writing with your finger gets annoying quickly, so might want to buy a stylus. A very popular iPad stylus is the The Cosmonaut. It’s $25 and looks like a huge black crayon. It works beautifully with the Paper app, and makes writing clearer and drawing easier.
Next on sAppurday
Next sAppurday, we’ll look at a really cool, colorful app put out by a museum in San Francisco.