But not any more.
Having installed Apple TV in my middle school choir room last year, I knew exactly what equipment I needed. After some quick budget wheeling-and-dealing, I had a new HDMI projector installed in two days. I ordered the cables from monoprice, and within one week, everything was installed and running perfectly! I now have the first elementary classroom in our district equipped with Apple TV.
• Mitsubishi EX240U Projector - our librarian found this projector for the middle school choir room last year, and it works really well. HDMI input, 2 VGA inputs, RCA video input. Easy to switch inputs with remote control on the fly and a magnify button on the remote that you will need to enlarge the Apple TV image. $450. Not cheap, but I'm sure prices will be coming down for HDMI projectors.
• Apple TV - $99
Cables and optional equipment:
• Long HDMI cable. Apple TV does not include an HDMI cable. I purchased a 30' HDMI cable from monoprice for about $25. You need to think about placement of Apple TV box. You probably only have one or two outlets on your ceiling for the projector. Your Apple TV box also needs to be line-of-sight with its remote control.
|Apple TV (left), Audio Converter box (center), and|
Smart Audio system (right)
• If you use a converter box, you will need a toslink cable to connect the Apple TV to the audio converter box and RCA cables to go from the converter box to your sound system.
|2 student iPads|
for Smart Audio system
|Smart Audio system from Smarttech (old version) with the Apple TV on top|
• Yes, I am projecting onto my Smartboard. I have no reason to remove the Smartboard. I created so many Smartboard lessons in the past few years that are really valuable. I do wish I could have a larger projected image, but 30 students gathered around the Smartboard can see clearly enough.
|The command center|