When using your iPad to teach, particularly in the one-iPad classroom, you can run into a few frustrations with the technology. In spite of all the exciting new features you bring to the classroom with the iPad, there are also some headaches that come along with it.
Here are some of the settings that our teachers have discovered and implemented to help to alleviate many of those frustrations.
1. Use Side Switch to Lock Rotation
Tap the Settings icon on your home screen and go to the General tab. You can configure the side switch to either “Lock Rotation” or “Mute.” It is recommended that you change the default from “Mute” to “Lock Rotation.” This way you can switch from portrait to landscape mode when you move from one app to another, but while in the app, you can quickly lock the orientation.
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The best thing you can do to familiarize yourself with the iPad is just to play with it. You’ve got to be willing to explore by tapping, pinching, and swiping away. One of the core design principles at Apple has been that their systems should be intuitive. As you learn some of the basic interactions, you simply need to explore these common icons and gestures in different apps. Below are some the most basic tips and tricks that help teachers (and most general users, as well) to navigate their iPad.
1. Launching and closing apps
When you are on the Home Screen, you can simply tap on an app’s icon to launch the app on the device. Once an app is launched, all you need to do to exit the app is click the home button at the bottom of your device: Apps don’t completely close down when you move to the home screen. They also don’t “run” in the background unless you have Background App Refresh enabled for the app. An app will save its state and you can return to the app later. To completely close an app, double tap the home button and then swipe across to find the app you want to close. To close the app, swipe the app up and away.
Continue reading 18 Basic Tips and Tricks for the Teacher’s iPad
This Friday, May 16, 2014, I will be conducting an all-day iPad workshop at the Education Service Center in Lubbock. I’ve updated the handout that I use for these workshops so I’m posting it here for the participants to access.
Everyone else is welcome to take and use the handout, as well.
Teaching in the One iPad Classroom – Handout