TV + Tablet = Data Projector

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I do not have a data projector in my classroom, but I do have a flat screen TV on a rolling stand. I wondered if I could use my TV more effectively than just for showing instructional videos. 


You can hook up a laptop computer or tablet (iPad, Android) to your flat screen TV.  Anything you have on your laptop or tablet screen will be projected on to the TV screen for the class to see.


1. Turn on your laptop computer, tablet or iPad.

2. Connect Your Cord – a VGA cord for a laptop, a micro HDMI to regular HDMI cord for an Android tablet or an Apple Composite AV Cable for iPads. 

3. Connect the computer cord to the proper TV inputs usually on the back of the tv or the side. Turn on the TV and press the Input button until the image from your computer or iPad shows on the screen.

What to projector on to the TV:
  • e-books for read alouds
  • collaborative Word documents for shared writing
  • any collaborative document, spreadsheet
  • any read aloud material
  • websites
  • math games
  • anything you would project from a data projector
  • student work – if their is a camera on the tablet you can use it as a document camera

Have you found a great technology work around? What would you project onto the TV? Please share your ideas in the comments below.

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    April 4, 2013 at 11:35 pm

    Thank you for this idea! I especially like the one about sharing the ebooks on the tv. You made it sound so simple to do too. 🙂
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    April 5, 2013 at 12:19 am

    It is very easy. Just get the proper cord for your device at any computer store and you are set. This also works for your home TV if you want to stream something from online to your bigger TV. I always try out new technology ideas during my recess time to ensure I look like a pro 🙂

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    Fern Smith
    April 5, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    Thank you for linking up this week at my Thursday's Tech Tips for Teachers and helping my followers! As I was reading your post I thought, ohhhhh, this might work at home and then your comment supports that! I'm so excited to try this, thank you so very much!
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