How can I use AirServer in class?

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There are many benefits to using AirServer.  Here are some that I have encountered:

  1. You don’t have to be tethered to your board or document camera or laptop. You can present anywhere in the room.
  2. Students can share their work or ideas by mirroring their device.
  3. You can share work from multiple devices — possibly using as a way of showing different approaches, showing collaborative work for groups, etc.
  4. You can record (as a video) what you are sharing with the class.  This is probably not the most efficient way to do this, but for a quick tip or lesson it is useful.

How do I set up Airserver?

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Step 1:
Go to Applications in your Finder menu as done below.  Find AirServer.  The icon should show up in your dock.

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Step 2:
Right click on the icon in the dock (control-click on a Mac).  Choose Preferences > General.  Choose:

  1. Fixed Password:  If you don’t want students to access your AirServer at all.
  2. Onscreen Passcode:  If you want a random code to be generated each time you activate AirServer.  Recommended if you are having students project their work.
  3. Ask Me:  If sends a message to your laptop asking if you want to have someone mirror their device.

I would recommend using one of these three options.  They can use a QR code as well (new option).

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Troubleshooting Airserver

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The two most common issues are listed below:

Q:  I don’t have an Airplay button at all.  What do I do?

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A:  If you do not have an Airplay button at all (like above image), you are not connected to the wifi (or were kicked off).  Reconnect your wifi.


Q:  I have an Airplay button, but I do not see my computer.  What do I do?

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A:  If you do not see your computer, that means you are not connected to the same wifi network as your computer (likely you are on svvsd-public).  Change your wifi network to svvsd.