Watching Internet Content on a TV

Homeschool History is a web-based app. You can search for content the same way on your desktop computer, laptop computer, tablet, or smartphone. But if you find content you want to watch or browse with your children, you may prefer to use a TV so everyone can see and hear easily.

Here are three ways to show a video, webpage, or other content you find on your computer or mobile device on your TV.

Casting Video to TV

1. Connect Your Laptop Directly to Your TV

Using an HDMI cable, connect your laptop directly to your TV. Most laptops can then use the TV as a secondary monitor, showing whatever content you want from your laptop. In addition to videos, you can use this method to show your children anything you can see on your laptop, including a webinar or virtual field trip.

2. Cast Your Browser to Your TV

Using the Chrome web browser, you can cast a tab from your browser to a TV using a Chromecast device or a compatible smart TV.

Instructions from Google

If you have an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you can cast your device to an Apple TV or AirPlay 2-compatible device.

Instructions from Apple

You can also mirror your mobile device to a Roku device.

Instructions from Roku

This method lets you show videos and other website content, though some websites may not be completely compatible.

3. Use an App Connected to Your TV

If we can, we embed videos directly on the Homeschool History site. If we can't embed a video, and we can't link you somewhere to watch it free, we usually direct you to JustWatch, a service that helps you find where to stream or purchase videos.

If you find something on your phone you want to watch and you can't cast it directly to your TV, see if an app is available for your smart TV, Roku, Amazon Fire Stick, Xbox, PlayStation, or other device. In addition to well-known apps such as YouTube, Netflix, Prime Video, and Disney+, here are some other services that offer educational content. (We are not recommending all of the content on these services!)