Become an iPad Power User

How to be productive, creative and entertained using pre-installed iPad Apps and millions of Third Party Apps. (iOS 8)
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  • Lectures 55
  • Contents Video: 6 hours
    Other: 1 hour
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English, captions
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Published 1/2015 English Closed captions available

Course Description

Get the most out of your iPad or iPad Mini with these step-by-step video tutorials.

(Updated February 2015) This course has Closed Captions (CC)


Have you ever thought that:

  • You could use some help mastering your iPad?
  • Tips, guides, or tricks could help you turn your iPad into a powerful, useful tool for your life or business?
  • You'd like to save money, time, and frustration picking out the right apps - for the right price?
  • You'd like to really know how to use the iPad - and all of its capabilities?

No matter what stage of familiarity you have with your iPad, our user friendly course will help you get more from your Apple device. Our step-by-step video tutorials will empower you to confidently take command of your iPad.


Watch the Savings:

This exclusive course is designed to save you time, money, and effort. Let us help you optimize your iPad, keep your personal information safe, and navigate your apps daily.

Save Time

  • Your time is valuable. Let us help you learn the different types of apps, and why who makes them can (and should) influence your purchasing decision.
  • Learn how to set up apps, so that it works perfectly for you and your needs.
  • Organize your iPad so that it makes sense to you, saving you precious time.

Save Money

  • Save money by understanding the purpose of each app. By understanding the purpose of these pre-installed apps, you'll be able to make an informed decision about using it or paying for, and downloading, a third-party app.

Save Effort

  • Not every installed app will have all of the features you want. We'll help you learn how to find, install, and personalise a third-party app that does have the features and function you're looking for.
  • Let us help you learn how to use App search and other discovery engines to locate the best third-party apps for your needs.
  • We want you to enjoy your iPad; let us help you learn how to download, and use, a wide variety of essential apps to keep you informed, productive, and entertained.
  • Keep your iPad organised so that it makes sense to you, saving you time and effort.

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Become an iPad Power User Course: All this and more!

Our course is compatible with iOS 8.2 and has more than 7 hours of guided instruction! Lessons include:

  • An overview of each app
  • Tips on how to use features and functions so you can personalize your apps and explore its functions
  • How to integrate pre-installed apps with other third-party apps to maximize efficiency
  • How to use an app and improve your understanding of it with additional resources
  • How to use App Search engines to locate the best alternative apps at the best price
  • Instructions and information that anyone can understand
  • Closed Captioning (CC) subtitles and a downloadable transcript

We know that not every app is going to be your favourite; let us offer you viable, valuable alternatives. For example, eBooks from the iBook Store only work on Apple devices; eBooks from the Kindle store, however, work on almost any device.

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Our guided courses are a friendly learning support system; work through courses sequentially or jump in where you want to. Become an iPad Power User is the ideal companion to help you get the most out of your Apple device. Get lifetime access to all of the lectures and resources you need.

This course will change your life. We are so sure of it that we offer a risk-free, 30 day money back guarantee. Get the information you want, at no risk to you, today.

Enroll now!

What are the requirements?

  • Ensure that your iPad has iOS 8 installed
  • How to use the iPad interface and basic gestures

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Understand the purpose of each pre-installed app in order to make more informed decisions about whether to use it or replace it with an alternative app
  • Learn how to setup each pre-installed app by adjusting the settings to personalise it.
  • Increase your understanding and knowledge of what apps are available by learning how to search the App Store and the iTunes Store.
  • Understand the difference between a pre-installed app and a Third-Party app.
  • Download a wide variety of essential apps for information, education, entertainment and productivity.
  • Search the App Store to replace a pre-installed app for a Third-Party app that is more beneficial in terms of features and functions.
  • Use App search and discovery engines to locate more functional Third-Party apps.
  • Save time and effort by learning how to organise your iPad using folders, bookmarks, web icons and hiding apps you don't use.

What is the target audience?

  • This course is meant for users brand new to the iPad or those comfortable with navigating the iPad but not the use and functionality of the pre-installed apps.
  • Experienced iPad users may find this course too simplistic.
  • Covers the iPad Air 2, the iPad Air and all models of the iPad Mini

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.

Curriculum

Section 1: Introduction
Welcome to the course (WATCH FIRST)
Preview
02:36
An overview of the course content - What are you going to learn?
Preview
03:43
How to play the Videos and turn on Closed Captions
1 page
Extra Resources and Video Descriptions
1 page
Join the Facebook iPad Tips, Tricks and Tutorials Community Page
Article
15 questions

A pre quiz to test your existing understanding of the apps on your iPad

25 pages

A brief introduction to the pre-installed apps that will be explored in the course.

Section 2: Your iPad as an Organizer
12:47

Got a new iPad and need to import your existing contacts? In this lesson you’ll learn how to import and export your Contacts on your iPad. You’ll find out how to share contacts, add new contact details, edit and delete existing information and manage your iPad Contacts privacy.

12:46

Add and edit an event in the Calendar

The calendar app will allow you to set up events and share them through iCloud with any other compatible devices such as your iPhone.

If you find yourself struggling to remember your upcoming schedule, learn how to use your iPad’s calendar so you never miss an event. This lesson shows you how to add and edit an event on the Calendar: manually, by email and using Siri. You’ll also learn how to change the Calendar’s settings and Alert sounds.

05:30

A basic app which has the following functions: you can set alarms, timers and world times and also use it as a stopwatch. If you want something a little more functional search the App Store for some really cool clock apps that incorporate alarm functions as well as weather. Look for an app that has a Notification Centre widget.

10:21

This lesson explores the Reminders app can serve two purposes. First, it is great for setting up a reminder. You can choose a day and time for the reminder and even have it repeat on a regular basis. Second, it can be a great task list.

The iPad already has a notes app that can be used to jot down ideas and thoughts, but Reminders makes it easy to create to-do lists, set deadlines and organize your life. It can also remind you with alerts at pre-determined times. It can also group reminders into categories and automatically sync reminders across all your devices via iCloud.

14:31

Make sure you never miss a thing by setting up and personalizing your iPad or iPhone’s Notification Center. This lesson shows you how to tailor all aspects of how your iPad gets messages to you. You’ll also learn how to configure and setup Widgets, a brand new feature to iOS 8.

10:21

Once you’ve installed a lot of apps, your screens start to fill up and it gets difficult to find things. In this lesson, discover how to organize your apps to keep your iPad tidy. Learn how to use the dock, how to create folders, how to save web pages as app icons and how to organize screens.

01:49

None of the pre-installed apps can be deleted. This lesson shows you how you can hide your apps in a folder and move them to a Home screen on your iPad where you never have to look at them. This is useful if you have repalced a pre-installed app with an alternative app from the App Store.

10 questions

Tests your knowledge on the most effiecine trays to organise apps on your iPad

Section 3: Your iPad for communication
10 questions

The iPad’s iOS 8 makes managing mail even easier with its new Apple Mail app features. Test your knowledge. How well do you know the mail app?

16:00

The iPad’s iOS 8 makes managing mail even easier with its new Apple Mail app features. This lesson explores features such as email signatures, organising and managing mailboxes, filtering mail using flags, the VIP mail addresses, mail notifications, and other ways to manage your email Inbox.

3 pages

iPad Settings for Mail, Contacts, and Calendar

For the social and organizational parts of your brain, iPad makes available Mail, Contacts, and Calendar apps; the settings for these apps are covered in the following table.

You access the settings listed here by tapping the Settings app icon on the Home screen and then tapping Mail, Contacts, Calendars.

13:52

Attaching photos, videos and PDF documents to an email message is much easier with iOS 8 on an iPad. This lesson covers the process of attaching and resizing photos directly from an email, selecting multiple photos within the photos App, attaching a PDF document located from the internet and using the app, Goodreader to compress files and send multiple types of documents via email.

12:46

In this lesson, we explore the iMessage app where you can send unlimited text messages to anyone using a compatible device. It will include such things as composing and deleting messages, adding media to messages, sending group texts, quick replay and message notifications.

The Messages app will allow you to send an instant message to anyone with an iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch for free. Messages is a great way to cut down on your text messages bill if you aren't on a monthly plan.

08:28

Facetime can make your iPad a communications powerhouse. This lesson shows you how to make audio and video calls with Facetime and integrate it with the contacts App.

FaceTime is the name for Apple's video-calling technology. It allows both video and audio-only calls between compatible devices. FaceTime takes advantage of a digital camera on compatible devices that face the user to allow for video calls. It shows the caller to the receiver of the call, and vice versa. Calls can be made between any FaceTime-compatible devices, i.e. from iPhone to iPhone, from Mac to iPhone, from iPad to iPod touch. FaceTime calls can also be placed over 3G and 4G networks.

10:38

In this lesson, learn how to activate Siri, change the settings, ask her a series of questions, give her commands and correct her when she doesn’t hear you correctly. Siri can help you remember appointments, open apps, send a message and loads more.

Siri is the voice-recognition digital assistant that comes with newer iPads. Siri is built into the operating system and can be activated by holding the Home button down for several seconds. This works even if you are inside another app.

Section 4: Your iPad for Information and Education
10 questions

Safari is the default web browser for the iPad. Now that you have completed the lesson, you know that the iPad makes a great way to browse the web so how well do you now know Safari?

16:10

Are you new to your iPad? This lesson explores the features of the Safari mobile web browser on an iPad using iOS 8. It also explains how to change Safari’s settings to get particular functions to work. Learn how to work with windows, tabs, cached items when you don’t have WiFi, and even private browsing.

09:57

You can jot down your ideas on your iPad using the notes app. This lesson looks at creating notes, searching, editing, deleting and syncing notes. It also looks at how you can use the keyboard’s microphone to record your notes. Don’t forget a thing and keep track of your most important ideas with the Notes App

15:40

In this lesson learn everything you need to know about using the Maps app on the iPad. You’ll get a tour of the interface, then learn how to enter your search criteria and plan a route. Learn turn-by-turn navigation, use Siri to guide you, directions to your contacts, create bookmarks and Favourites and 3D maps. It also shows you how you can use third party apps, like Public Transport Bus and Train routes, combined with the Maps app to provide more detailed information

11:35

iTunes U is the best way to create and experience courses on iPad. The iTunes U app gives you access to complete courses from leading universities and other schools — plus the world’s largest digital catalogue of free education content — right on your iPad. Whether you’re majoring in molecular biology at a university, taking Spanish in high school, or just interested in European history, you now have a valuable tool to help you learn anytime, anywhere.

06:30

In this lesson, learn how to download the app onto your iPad, set up Find My iPhone, use Lost Mode and locate your device. Find my iPhone lets you remotely track your lost, stolen, or misplaced Apple device — be it an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Mac — from virtually anywhere, as long as the device in question has some kind of internet connection. Not only can Find My iPhone help you locate a stolen or lost device, it can also assist in remotely wiping your private information so your device data doesn't fall into the wrong hands.

08:29

How to use Spotlight Search in iOS 8

The iPhone's internal search system just got so much better. Swipe down on the home screen to get Spotlight.

Previously designed to search for items just on your iPhone or iPad, Spotlight has been a handy tool for finding emails, appointments, contacts, music and other locally stored items. But in iOS 8 the search universe has expanded way beyond just your local device. Beyond searching your local device, Spotlight will offer suggestions from the Internet, iTunes and the App Store. It can also locate nearby locations, show times for movies, the latest news and even items from Wikipedia.

Section 5: Your iPad as a multimedia powerhouse
13:27

The App Store is where all the fun begins. This application is used to buy games and apps for your iPad. And don't worry, even if you don't want to spend money on an app, there are plenty of great free apps available for the iPad.

Apps are an essential part of owning an iPad. In this lesson, explore the Apple the App Store on your iPad learn to search for the apps you want. You’ll get a walk-through of the App Store’s tabs and features, and you’ll learn how to search for popular apps, locate a genre of apps, purchase an app, delete and re-download an app, gift apps and put apps in a Wishlist.

14:07

This lesson explores the iPad version of the iTunes Store. This has most of the same features as the computer version. You can buy movies to play with the Videos app and music to play using the Music app. You can also download any music you bought using iTunes on your computer without actually hooking up your iPad to your computer.

Explore the iTunes Store app on your iPad with the help of this lesson. You’ll learn how to purchase and download media such as music, movies and TV Shows, audiobooks, and other assorted media. This lesson also explains the tabs and features of the app, including how to search for media and put credit onto your iPad’s iTunes Store app.

12:59

Play movies and TV shows using the Videos App

To play any type of video on the iPad requires the Videos App. It will play TV shows, movies, music videos and home videos (the videos recorded with the iPad’s camera. Videos can be purchased through the iTunes Store or from your personal collection. Any videos synced using iTunes will also play in the Videos app. Many DVDs now come with a digital copy, which can be transferred to the iPad via iTunes or you can rip your DVDs and make a digital copy.

14:08

This lesson explores how to search for and downloads books from the iBooks Store, organize them and how to use the markup and organisational tools to read a book or pdf.

Once you've downloaded books to iBooks, whether they were free or purchased, you can highlight, markup, leave notes, and save as many bookmarks as you'd like. Not only can you store books in iBooks, you can also open and manage PDFs. There are several views available in iBooks that allow you to sort through and manage all your media easily.

13:22

Newsstand is the perfect solution for accessing digital magazines and newspapers on your iPad. This lesson shows you how to search and subscribe to a magazine and organize your titles in the Newsstand app.

13:19

Podcasts provide a huge variety of new and interesting content that you can listen or watch.Anyone with something to say and a desire to say it can create a podcast and publish it to the world. Podcasts are episodes of a program available on the Internet. Podcasts are usually original audio or video recordings, but can also be recorded broadcasts of a television or radio program, a lecture, a performance or another event.

The podcasts app is the best way to discover, subscribe to and listen or watch podcasts on your iPad

11:14

iOS 8 also gives users more control over the camera's focus and exposure, and with what Apple calls ‘smart composition tools,’ you are able, for instance, to automatically straighten horizons, modify overall light in a photo with a single control, and even fine tune edits and make precise adjustments. This lesson discusses each of the camera modes: :Photo, burst, Video, Panorama, Time-Lapse.

11:18

Where do all those photos go that you take with the Camera? They go to an internal folder that can be accessed with the Photos app. Because there are so many features in the Photos app, this will be a series of videos on how to access all the new features of the iOS 8 edition of the Photos App.

In this lesson, we look at how to organize your photos – the Years, Collections and moments View, how to search for photos, making a photo a Favorite, the default Albums (Panorama, Videos, Favorites, Recently Deleted, Camera Roll, Photostream), creating, editing and deleting your own Albums.

05:39

Editing photos in the Photos App

The Photos app in iOS 8 also makes post processing easier and more powerful, with the addition of editing features and extensions. This lesson shows you how to use the editing tools: The Crop tool is no longer just for cropping. You can now straighten crooked images too.

Photo editing tools include auto enhancement and filters but also the addition of smart adjustments: Light (you can alter exposure, highlights, shadows, brightness, contrast and black point), Colour (colour, saturation and cast) and B/W (this provides a variety of black and white adjustments such as intensity, neutrals, tone and grain.

This lesson will also explain how to use photo extensions. This means you may no longer need to open a separate photography app to use its editing tools. Now, you can add its tools to the Photos app.

12:25

The Photos App: share, delete and slideshows

This lesson explores the sharing options for photos in iOS 8. Sharing can be a sharing event like sending the photo to an app or social network, or a sharing action, like printing, assigning the photo as wallpaper or Airdrop. It also explores how to delete single and multiple photos, setting up and running a slideshow.

Resources:

How to use Airdrop to share files between Macs and iOS devices

13:33

Playing your favourite tunes or audiobooks is easy using the Music app. You can purchase music directly from the iTunes Store or sync it from your computer using iTunes. This lesson explores the music playback controls, explains the difference between streaming your music and downloading it, how to create new stations for your favourite song or artist and how to create, edit and manage playlists.

Section 6: App-solutely! The iPad as a platform for third-party apps
04:14

An introduction to the final section - how to find apps from third-party developers to enhance your iPad experience.

Alternative apps for the Calendar App
2 pages
3 pages

As you now know, your iPad comes with a host of standard apps right out of the box. However, developers have found ways to improve on the basic apps that come with your iPad. For every basic app like Calendar, Music, and Weather, there’s a better alternative.

Here are the best alternatives for the Camera app.

3 pages

As you now know, your iPad comes with a host of standard apps right out of the box. However, developers have found ways to improve on the basic apps that come with your iPad. For every basic app like Calendar, Music, and Weather, there’s a better alternative.

Here are the best alternatives for the Contacts app.

2 pages

As you now know, your iPad comes with a host of standard apps right out of the box. However, developers have found ways to improve on the basic apps that come with your iPad. For every basic app like Calendar, Music, and Weather, there’s a better alternative.

Here are the best alternatives for the iBooks app.

3 pages

As you now know, your iPad comes with a host of standard apps right out of the box. However, developers have found ways to improve on the basic apps that come with your iPad. For every basic app like Calendar, Music, and Weather, there’s a better alternative.

Here are the best alternatives for the Mail app.

4 pages

As you now know, your iPad comes with a host of standard apps right out of the box. However, developers have found ways to improve on the basic apps that come with your iPad. For every basic app like Calendar, Music, and Weather, there’s a better alternative.

Here are the best alternatives for the Maps app.

2 pages

As you now know, your iPad comes with a host of standard apps right out of the box. However, developers have found ways to improve on the basic apps that come with your iPad. For every basic app like Calendar, Music, and Weather, there’s a better alternative.

Here are the best alternatives for the Messages app.

3 pages

As you now know, your iPad comes with a host of standard apps right out of the box. However, developers have found ways to improve on the basic apps that come with your iPad. For every basic app like Calendar, Music, and Weather, there’s a better alternative.

Here are the best alternatives for the Music app.

2 pages

As you now know, your iPad comes with a host of standard apps right out of the box. However, developers have found ways to improve on the basic apps that come with your iPad. For every basic app like Calendar, Music, and Weather, there’s a better alternative.

Here are the best alternatives for the Notes app.

2 pages

As you now know, your iPad comes with a host of standard apps right out of the box. However, developers have found ways to improve on the basic apps that come with your iPad. For every basic app like Calendar, Music, and Weather, there’s a better alternative.

Here are the best alternatives for the Photos app.

2 pages

As you now know, your iPad comes with a host of standard apps right out of the box. However, developers have found ways to improve on the basic apps that come with your iPad. For every basic app like Calendar, Music, and Weather, there’s a better alternative.

Here are the best alternatives for the Reminders app.

3 pages

As you now know, your iPad comes with a host of standard apps right out of the box. However, developers have found ways to improve on the basic apps that come with your iPad. For every basic app like Calendar, Music, and Weather, there’s a better alternative.

Here are the best alternatives for the Safari app.

2 pages

As you now know, your iPad comes with a host of standard apps right out of the box. However, developers have found ways to improve on the basic apps that come with your iPad. For every basic app like Calendar, Music, and Weather, there’s a better alternative.

Here are the best alternatives for the Siri app.

2 pages

As you now know, your iPad comes with a host of standard apps right out of the box. However, developers have found ways to improve on the basic apps that come with your iPad. For every basic app like Calendar, Music, and Weather, there’s a better alternative.

Here are the best alternatives for the Videos app.

Section 7: Discover New Apps
10:02

The iOS App Store is no the only way to keep up to date and search for apps. This lesson explores the website: AppShopper. Open a free account with AppShopper and you have the ability to create and manage a wish list of apps that you are interested in. With this list, you can monitor apps that interest you and set up an email alert whenever the app is updated or the price drops. This is a great way to keep up to date with apps that caught your eye but you weren’t quite ready to buy because it was missing a key feature or was priced a little too high.

10:58

There are many guides to help you search for apps. This site called Appcrawlr - appcrawlr.com is one of them . This lesson will show you how to use appcrawlr to search for apps and then purchase and download them using your iPad.

Section 8: Conclusion
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Dear Students,

Thank you so much for taking this course.

If you enjoyed the course and found it helpful I'd appreciate if you rated it. If you didn't enjoy it or felt something was lacking I would appreciate the feedback so I can improve it for you and others.

Again, thanks for taking the course and if you've enjoyed it, please leave a positive review.

One more thing: Go back and do the introductory quiz to see how far you have come.

Regards

Michele Berner

2 pages

Use iPad's General settings to set up basic functionality for your everyday use. You access the General settings in the following table by tapping the Settings app icon on the Home screen and then tapping General.

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Instructor Biography

Michele Berner, Teacher of Information Technology and Computer Networking

My name is Michele Berner and I’m a teacher of Information Technology. I have taught high school technology and computer networking courses for over 35 years. I am a Cisco Networking Academy Instructor and an examiner for the Information Technology subjects in the Victorian Certificate of Education in Australia. As an ICT Leader, I developed technology programs, provided assistance and support to teachers who were introducing technology into their teaching programs.

Although recently retired, I now teach beginner and advanced iPad and Tablet courses, moviemaking, and photo editing to senior citizens – bringing the world of technology to the elderly. My website offers support to those using the iPad and My YouTube channel has a growing assortment of videos on how to use the iPad for fun, entertainment and productivity.

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