iPad Literacy 101

The design of this course is to introduce teachers to using the iPad most efficiently.
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  • Lectures 48
  • Length 1.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 1/2013 English

Course Description

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: 

  1. How is your iPad a consumption device?
  2. How is your iPad a creative device?
  3. How is your iPad a connective device?
  4. How is your iPad a curation device?
Each of these four critical understandings is woven through the course, presented with apps or built-in functionality, and looks to extend the device beyond it's original intentions. 

Most of the examples provided are aimed at using the device as a classroom tool, but are applicable in all industries. 

What are the requirements?

  • Apple iPad (second generation or higher)

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Learning the basics
  • Using the iPad as a consumption device
  • Using the iPad as a creative device
  • Using the iPad as a connective device
  • Using the iPad as a curation device

Who is the target audience?

  • Teachers
  • iPad Enthusiasts
  • iPad Novices

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction
7 pages

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.

Section 2: General Overview
Sleep and Power Off/Power On
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Power, Audio, and Data-Transfer
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Please review the attached image indicating your volume adjustments.

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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. 

Photo App Overview
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Section 3: Let's Do it! :: Take a photo, set our wallpaper or lock screen!

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.

Did you know? Volume buttons activate the camera?
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Section 4: Accessorizing your iPad

There are literally hundreds of millions of web-hits you will see in your simple search results for iPad accessories. Some of the more popular sites for purchasing accessories include the links here.

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. 

Such as:https://www.google.com/search?q=ipad+tripod+mount&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&hl=en&client=safari

Or http://caddiebuddy.com/ipad-tripod-mount-telepromter-for-ipad-2-and-ipad-3/?gclid=CPuGrITzorQCFegWMgodriwApw

Or http://www.makayama.com/moviemount.html

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...

Where else can I look?
Section 5: Joining a WiFi Network

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.

Are you connected? After watching this quick video, make sure you are connected to a network - and if not, troubleshoot why you might not be...
Section 6: Establish and connect your iTunes account

Use these steps to establish your new iTunes account.
Be sure to write down your email address, username and password - and keep it in a safe place! 
You will need these login credentials when you connect your Apple ID to your iPad.

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. 


Periodically, it is a good idea to back up your iPad's data and configurations. As a rule of thumb, your system's data files; pictures, movies, email, music, etc., are vulnerable unless they are backed up. True, they are available on your iPad, and your iPad system software is very stable, but accidents happen. Computers and iPads crash from time to time. Losing your valuable photos and videos would be tragic. Be sure to regularly back up your data to iCloud or to your computer. 

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. 

Making backups via iCloud
Understanding more about 'Cloud' computing
Once you tap the 'settings' app on your iPad, look for these options to check if your system software (iOS) needs to be updated.
Connect to your iCloud Account
Section 7: General Operations

Use this handy guide to master the use of one finger, two, three, four and five finger multi-touch gestures in iOS. The visual guide here is helpful. The video outlines what each gesture does in a live environment. 
Before moving on, be sure you have tried and mastered each of the gestures. 

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.

Section 8: Using the Internet and email

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.


This section we look at some options for alternative browsers on your iPad. In each of the browsers viewed, users can take advantage of 'tabbed' browsing, bookmarking, and save to home screen options. Different browsers present different options, and compatibility with different web pages. Just like your computer, your iPad can have multiple browsers to perform different tasks.
The Chrome browser and Chrome Sync is also addressed here. If you are interested in extending your use of the internet, sociaizing your browsing, or curating content via a web browser, check out some of these alternatives to the Safari browser. 
Search the iTunes App Store for these alternate browsers:
  • Google Chrome
  • Skyfire
  • iCab Mobile

Viewing web page articles is sometimes distracting. Ads, videos, related links and other blinking and flashing content often make it hard to focus. Especially for struggling readers, this can be a major drawback of reading web content. 
To combat this, Safari has a nice feature called 'Reader' mode which allows you to view only the text of an article on the web - as if you were reading it as an iBook or ebook. Enabling 'Reader' mode is as easy as tapping the icon. Watch this quick video to see how it is done. 
Setting up email access on your iPad
Adding a Google Calendar to your iPad Calendar app
Section 9: Apps, Apps, and more Apps...finding the good ones

There are two basic ways to access the content in the iTunes store. First, you can use iTunes via your computer desktop to search, find, and purchase apps. Second, you can use the App Store app on your iPad to do the same thing. Either way to access and download apps will connect you to the same store. Your Apple ID is the central connection between your devices. 
As long as you are logged in with the same Apple ID on both devices, you can sync apps without having to purchase them multiple times. This quick tutorial looks at both of the iTunes stores on each device, and shows how to connect and download apps. 

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. 

Redeem gift cards, codes, and free apps
Teacher's App evaluation rubric

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.

Let's do it! :: Go get some apps!
Section 10: Managing your apps
This section takes a look at how to manage all the apps you have been downloading. Make folders, manage labels, and delete apps from your iPad. 
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To delete an app from your iPad, tap and hold it so that the icons giggle. Once the icons begin to giggle, look for the black and white "X" in the circle, and tap it. You will be prompted to confirm the delete. Either delete or cancel.
To restore an app, go back to the App Store and search for the app. Proceed as if you are going to purchase the app. You will not be charged again for purchasing the same app you have already purchased. This will be confirmed on completion of the purchase. 
You always have the ability to re-download an app you have already purchased without additional costs. 
Ebooks, iBooks, and ePubs
Apps On Sale
Section 11: What can I really do with this thing?
Consume; read, browse, intake information
Create; photography, video, graphic design, drawing, and presentations
Connect; social networking, video chatting, polling, crowd-sourcing
Curate; bookmarking, mindmapping and highlighting online content
Section 12: Featured Apps Showcase - A "Top 5"
Add email attachments to your iPad email
Edit MS Office Documents on your iPad in the cloud
Deliver interactive multimedia presentations
Manage your pictures and create online photo journals
Connect to free educational course content from around the world
Section 13: Where do we go from here?
Put it all together, and keep it going
Section 14: New Tips for iOS 8

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Instructor Biography

Jonathan Jarc, M.Ed, Teacher, Technology Coach and Free-Lance Graphic Designer

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.

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