iPad Literacy 101
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iPad Literacy 101

The design of this course is to introduce teachers to using the iPad most efficiently.
3.7 (17 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
2,421 students enrolled
Last updated 1/2015
Price: Free
  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 24 Articles
  • 8 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • 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
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  • Apple iPad (second generation or higher)

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. 

Who is the target audience?
  • Teachers
  • iPad Enthusiasts
  • iPad Novices
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Curriculum For This Course
48 Lectures
2 Lectures 02:38

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.

Checklist - let's get going!
7 pages
General Overview
5 Lectures 00:00
Sleep and Power Off/Power On
1 page

Power, Audio, and Data-Transfer
1 page

Please review the attached image indicating your volume adjustments.

Volume and Mute Buttons
1 page

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. 

The "Home" Button and Features
1 page

Photo App Overview
1 page
Let's Do it! :: Take a photo, set our wallpaper or lock screen!
2 Lectures 01:59

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.

Setting your wallpaper and lock-screen backgrounds

Did you know? Volume buttons activate the camera?
1 page
Accessorizing your iPad
2 Lectures 02:49

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...

What to look for - how to look for accessories

Where else can I look?
Joining a WiFi Network
2 Lectures 03:52

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.

How to find and join 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...
Make sure you are connected
Establish and connect your iTunes account
7 Lectures 12:51

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.
Set up a new iTunes/Apple ID

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. 

Connect your new Apple ID to your iPad

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 regular backups via iTunes

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.
Checking for iOS System Updates

Connect to your iCloud Account
General Operations
3 Lectures 07:15

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. 
Gesturing and Movements in iOS

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. 

Copying and Pasting Text

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.

Auto-Rotation 'Locking'
Using the Internet and email
5 Lectures 09:52

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.

Email accounts and signatures

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
Browser Introductions and Overview

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. 
Using your browser in 'reader' mode

Setting up email access on your iPad

Adding a Google Calendar to your iPad Calendar app
Apps, Apps, and more Apps...finding the good ones
6 Lectures 25:00

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. 
Using the iTunes App Store

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. 

Keeping your Apps up-to-date

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.

Featured and Category Search in the App Store

Let's do it! :: Go get some apps!
Managing your apps
4 Lectures 03:29
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. 
Collections, adding and removing apps

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. 
Deleting and restoring deleted apps
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Ebooks, iBooks, and ePubs

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About the Instructor
Jonathan Jarc, M.Ed
4.2 Average rating
48 Reviews
3,922 Students
4 Courses
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.