Last year we posted Teaching Untethered: Step away from the podium. We want to now review how students can benefit from the technology in our Chapman classrooms.

More and more learners are now bringing their digital devices, such as laptops, tablets, and smartphones, into the classroom. Instructors can use these devices to engage the classroom, such as collaborating with a shared Microsft Word Document through Office 365, interactive activity through Google Jamboard, online polling with Poll Everywhere, or simultaneously annotating a document with Hypothesis.

Instructors might be hesitant to have learners use their devices for the whole class time, we recommend having a scheduled time during the class for when you expect them to use their devices (start of class or at the end of class). As suggested by Ober et al. (2020), “we emphasize the importance of instructors and students having ongoing discussions between and among themselves to develop acceptable device-use policies, reduce distraction from mobile devices, and improve teaching and learning.”

Learners can present with an apple device through air playing to the Apple TV or connecting with an HDMI for a PC. Most Chromebooks have an HDMI port however, those that do not have an HDMI port, need to locate the output and input ports on the side of the keyboard. Then plug the adapter into the Chromebook’s USB-C port and the other end into the HDMI port on the monitor or television.

Microsoft Surface Pro 7 (or newer) has a USB-C port, learners will need to have a USB-C to HDMI adaptor. For older Chromebooks and Surface Pros (Pro 6 or older), instructors can create a Zoom meeting and the student can screen share in the meeting. We have created a video demonstration of how learners can share content to the Apple TVs in active learning classrooms.

Note: While this video was recorded in an active learning classroom, it is still possible for students to use AirPlay to share content with the Apple TV in other Chapman classrooms.

Instructors can then display the learner’s presentation to all the LCD Monitors in the room or the classroom projector. We recommend instructors review Chapman’s Online Classroom Inventory (OCI) to review the room features.


Ober, T. M., Brodsky, J. E., Yannaco, F. D., & Brooks, P. J. (2020). College instructors’ and students’ views of the use (and misuse) of personal mobile devices. Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Psychology.