Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Tech Tip Tuesday: Stream Media

There are lots of tools out there that allow you to do more with your TV.  As the prices for large  LED/LCD Televisions keeps coming down they are becoming a potential option for the classroom.  they require less complex installations than projectors and also generally have a longer life.  For those who don't have a projector a large TV might work.

One of the things that you can do with these devices is stream media.  There are several different devices out there including

  • Apple TV

  • Roku 2 (XS or HD)

  • A variety of Blu-Ray Players

  • Gaming Devices like: Xbox 360, Sony Playstation, Nintendo Wii

These devices allow you to connect to a Wi-Fi network  and stream a variety of services: The most common are Hulu, Netflix and Pandora.  The first two are video resources and the third is Audio. These devices can also sometimes be configured to play media from your computer.  These types of devices then can be used to stream media you use in the classroom.

You can see CNET's review of some media players here: http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-20025670-1/which-streaming-media-device-is-right-for-you/

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