Passcode for Apple TV

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The Apple TV has proven to be a wonderful resource in the classroom. For around the room teaching, pupil work and collaboration, time and time again teachers tell us that it has really been able to change the way they teach.

But, it also has its challenges. If your pupils have iPads – how do you as the teacher control the screen? If you have Apple TV around the school, how do you stop the teacher next door showing content on your screen?

Luckily, the Apple TV has two very handy features built in which are simple to enable.


1. Passcode

What you do: Set a four digit PIN

How you use it: When you mirror, the Apple TV will ask you to key that PIN into your iPad. Only those knowing the PIN can mirror

Why you use it: If you are leading a lesson and want to restrict use to all but yourself

How you set it up: On the Apple TV – go to settings > Airplay > Set Password >  key in a four digit PIN and that’s it. Don’t worry if you loose this, you can set it again at any stage.


2. On screen code

What you do: Turn it to on

How you use it: When you select mirroring, a random 4 digit code will be generated and be shown on screen – key that code and you are in.


Why you use it: If you have multiple Apple TVs in school – this will ensure that you only mirror to your actual classroom Apple TV. Since no one outside of your room can see the code, no one outside of your room can therefore take over your screen. In addition, pupils needing access will be blocked until they key that code in – giving you valuable time to check out the room and stop it from happening!

How you set it up: On the Apple TV – go to settings > Airplay > Onscreen code and set to ‘ON’.


Whilst nothing beats great classroom management by the teacher, these few tips can help with the tech.

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