The design of this course is to introduce teachers to using the iPad most efficiently. This course looks at iPad basic operations as well as advanced configurations and use as a teaching tool.
This course also outlines some key applications for use in the classroom. This course is geared toward 8-12 teachers and technology coordinators, but is applicable with some modifications for the junior-high grades. Many of the methods shown here are also usable by parents and students.
We will also look at some of the basic ways your iPad can be used as a teaching tool, consumption, creation and curation device. The iPad 101 course is designed by a teacher for teachers - to make them more efficient users of the device.
There is plenty of backup and detail for the explanations in the training materials and videos. This is a basic course, but offers a tremendous amount of depth in understandings. iPad 101 asks four basic questions of how best to understand and use your iPad:
Most of the examples provided are aimed at using the device as a classroom tool, but are applicable in all industries.
I hope you will find the material in this course helpful, please use the attached checklist guide as a way to show the skills you have learned and mastered throughout the course.
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The home button is a configure-able button that typically reveals the iPad home screen. Double-tapping the Home button reveals the iPad dock, and frequently used/opened apps.
This quick tutorial will walk you through taking a photo, then using it for either the home screen, lock screen, or both. Take a picture, then set the options using your iPad settings.
But that is not a particularly effective way to find what you need. A better approach is to search for what you need, or what you THINK you might need. For example...I want to use my iPad to shoot video, video is best shot with a tripod, is there an iPad tripod? No, probably not.
But, if you search for iPad, video, tripod or iPad tripod mount, you will have some good luck.
The last link even talks about extension lenses, microphones, and lights, making your iPad a mobile video studio. Talk about opening the possibilities up wider than you thought possible...
Use this quick tutorial video to get your iPad connected to your home wireless network.
Open the settings for your iPad, and connect to a network.
The next most important step in making your iPad worth it's weight, is to connect it to the iTunes Store, iTunes U, and the App Store. Your Apple ID is the key piece in this puzzle.
Use this tutorial to make sure your iPad and Apple ID are connected.
I recommend making full-backups to your computer as your iCloud account is limited in capacity, and will fill up very quickly. I use iCloud to back up photos, contacts and videos I shoot with the iPad. Everything else I back up to my computer using iTunes.
There are two methods of backing up your iPad - your computer and iCloud. To make sure you are making routine backups, add a calendar reminder to make a backup once every two months or so. Review the assignments below to learn how to back up your device.
Copying and pasting text from one app to another is as easy as tapping and holding. These simple steps will save you a ton of time, and will open up several options for curating content with your iPad.
You found it - hidden gem #1. SO, you are snuggling up with a new book you just downloaded, and you find the pages constantly rotating as you change positions. Annoying isn't it. Yes, it is - and there is a way to fix it. Turn on the portrait or landscape 'lock' to fix your screen's rotation.
After establishing your email account or accounts in 'settings', users can configure an email signature for each account established on the iPad. See how it is done here.
Keeping your iPad's apps up to date is important for functionality. Often times, app developers will update the apps to improve performance, to update security, or to fix bugs. Keeping your apps up to date will only help make your iPad more functional in the long run.
Launching the App Store is easy, finding apps is not always easy. Using the category search, featured search, and free vs. paid searches can narrow your focus. Take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with the variety of search options available to you in the iTunes App Store.
Jon is a teacher and technologist at St. Ignatius High School, the Jesuit preparatory school in Cleveland, Ohio. Jon works with teachers integrating technology to their classrooms.
He supports student learning and faculty professional development across the curriculum. He works with both IT staff and school administration to offer sound technology advice on planning and integration projects throughout our camps as well as conducting ongoing professional development.
With a wide range of IT experiences, and a Masters Degree in Educational Technology, finding solutions to specific teachers' needs is his specialty.