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Today I wanted to discuss a simple way to potentially improve an individual’s ability to participate in online learning, day programs, or any type of activity that has now become virtual. This first came up when consulting with one of our clients, whom reached out on behalf of one of her students. She stated that her student was having an issue participating with online schooling due to the size of their iPad being too small. We were considering the option of purchasing a larger laptop or desktop, but this can be an expensive fix … and that’s when the idea came to me of using an HDMI cord to plug in their iPad to the TV so that they could project what their iPad was showing to the TV. Apple products do not typically come with an HDMI port so for this specific instance I suggested a lightning cord to HDMI adapter (I will explain more below).

HDMI cable

Pictured to the left: This is your basic HDMI cord that most TV’s have a port (or slot) for. This can plug into a number of things like cable boxes, Firesticks, Roku’s, or Laptops, CPUs, and iPads! Most PC’s will have this jack already built into the side, like a USB port would be. However, most Apple products do not have this port built into it so I will show the available adapters to make this possible.

Thunderbolt port

The new MacBook Pro laptops are built with the HDMI port so this would not apply to those newer models. The older Mac’s don’t have this but they do have a “thunderbolt” port which can be used with a thunderbolt to HDMI adapter (pictured to the right). With this you would still need the HDMI cord to connect the TV to the adapter, and then plug the adapter thunderbolt end into the laptop. Once you set the source on your TV to the correct setting (HDMI 1 or HDMI 2) then you should see whatever is appearing on your laptop.

Lightning cord

For iPhones and iPads that only have the charging port (which use a lightning cord) would follow a process with an adapter just like the one above but this time you would use a lightning cord to HDMI adapter (pictured left).

With the use of the HDMI cord and these different adapters, this will allow you to project whatever is on these screens to a larger television so that you can see loved ones, school lessons, professors, or whatever it is you would like to see on a larger screen! If you have any questions regarding this post or if you are unsure of how to go about doing this don’t hesitate to reach out to me at james.whitney1@maryland.gov !

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