As education enters a new age of mobility, classrooms are starting to resemble modern-day coffee shops. Teachers aren’t limited to standing up at the front of the room doing most of the talking. Students can collaborate through technology and take charge of their own personalized learning no matter where they are seated in the classroom. Classrooms are transitioning to more of a comfortable and collaborative learning environment.
Today’s classroom arrangement bears little resemblance to the classroom we experienced as kids. Chalkboards are now interactive whiteboards, students are turning in their textbooks and notebooks for iPads and ordinary pencils are being tossed aside for stylus pens. Who would have pictured a classroom like this 10 years ago?
We pose the question: with all of these devices and technology competing for attention in the classroom, is it possible for students to actually be collaborative with one another? How about with teachers?
The answer is yes. The Reflector 2 screen-mirroring software allows students to take a hands-on approach to their education and facilitates collaboration while they apply key concepts in the classroom. Students can share their work side-by-side, present group projects and have competitions when working with apps such as Kahoot or Quizlet. Teachers can even be collaborative with their students by showing instructions next to student results.
So, what do you need to make this collaborative, mobile classroom a reality? Here’s your Reflector 2 classroom checklist:
- Mac or Windows computer to run the Reflector 2 software
- iOS, Android, Chromebook or Surface Pro* devices that students can share content from
- Projector or interactive whiteboard if you want to display student content to the whole class
- Reflector Director (optional) for teachers to access the Reflector 2 controls from their iPad or iPhone instead of from their computer
- Reflector Student (optional) to show students the same Reflector 2 display on their iOS device that the teacher sees on the computer, as well as provide connectivity alternatives for schools with restrictive networks
Pro tip: You can wirelessly connect as many mobile devices to Reflector 2 as your school network allows (sweet spot is usually between four to five devices).
That’s it! Pretty simple, right?
If you would like to learn more about Reflector 2, you can watch our “How To” videos, including How to Connect to Reflector 2 and How to Record Mirrored Devices on our YouTube channel. Or, you can visit our website to learn more about Reflector in the classroom.
*Microsoft Surface Pros require our sister app, AirParrot 2, to wirelessly connect to the teacher’s computer because Surface Pros do not come equipped with a native screen-sharing functionality such as Apple’s AirPlay or the Chromebook/Android Cast technology.
Recording the screen of any iPhone or iPad running iOS 10 is simple with the Reflector screen-sharing software.
Once you wirelessly connect your iOS 10 device to your Mac or PC, simply press the “Record” button on the iOS 10 device on your computer (shown below). Alternatively, you can begin recording an iPhone or iPad from the Reflector menu (also shown below).
Once you are done recording your iOS device, simply press the “Stop” button. Then select where to save the mp4 file on your Mac or PC.
Reflector provides voiceover support so you can include your voice with a device recording. This feature is often used in tutorials, presentations, lesson plans and mobile app reviews. In addition, you can enable your Facetime HD Webcam from the Reflector menu to include a video of yourself with the mobile device recording.
Pro tip: You can connect and record multiple iOS devices at the same time. This is ideal for educators and mobile gamers who may need to display and record multiple devices simultaneously.
As new iPhones roll out across the globe today, you might be wondering, “Will I be able to record my new Jet Black iPhone 7 Plus screen with a frame using Reflector 2?”
The answer is yes. Yes, you will.
Keeping with tradition, we’re excited to add iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus frames to Reflector 2 just as happy techies and phone addicts are receiving them.
This update is available now for current Reflector 2 users. Simply select “Check for Updates” from the Reflector 2 preferences menu or download the new version from the Reflector 2 download page.
Wirelessly sharing your iPhone or iPad screen to your Mac or PC is simple with iOS 10.
All you need is our Reflector 2 software ($14.99) running on your Mac or PC. If you are already a Reflector 2 user, you’re good to go! Just make sure you are updated to the latest version of Reflector 2.
Make sure your iOS 10 device and your computer running Reflector 2 are connected to the same network.
Open the Reflector software on your computer.
After unlocking your iOS 10 device, swipe up from the bottom of the screen to reveal the control center.
The iOS 10 control center is slightly different than predecessors. You’re now able to scroll left and right through the control center to reveal more options. For screen mirroring, you need to be on the first screen.
Tap the AirPlay Mirroring icon to reveal the AirPlay list.
Select your computer from the list.
That’s all! There are no more steps. We promise. Wirelessly mirroring your iOS 10 device to your Mac or PC is that simple. Anything you do on your mobile device will appear on your computer.
Pro tip: You can mirror multiple iOS devices to your computer at the same time. Simply repeat steps three through six for each device you want to connect.
Bonus Pro tip – Recording iOS 10 devices: Once an iOS 10 device is connected to Reflector, you will see a “Record” button in the top left corner of the mirrored device screen on your computer. Simply click that button to begin recording your session.