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iOS Tips and Tricks

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BEST TIP--Search on YouTube for anything you can't find here!

You might have to wade through some not so well done offerings, but chances are someone's made a video explaining what you want to know!


Sharing iPads? 

Although the best method of deploying iPads is 1 to 1 (it was designed to be a personal device, unlike computers which are more easily shared between users with separate logins and passwords) that is often financially not feasible. Sam Glicksman, author of the book "iPad in Education for Dummies" shares some great tips to remember should you be in that sharing situation:


  • Little kids, little problems. Big kids, big problems. Sharing iPads at lower grade levels is far easier. There's less data produced and the data tends to be less sensitive. In the upper grades, students may be writing papers and keeping notes that need to be kept private.
  • Stay faithful to your iPad. Number your iPads and keep a list or spreadsheet to make sure students use the same iPad every time. At least that way, students' data should be available and they're only sharing that particular iPad with a small handful of other students. Also, anything that goes wrong will be easier to track. You can always sticker the outside of the iPad with a number, but another approach is to create a large visible graphic with the respective number and make it the wallpaper for each device's home page.
  • You don't got mail. Forget setting up incoming e-mail in the iPad Mail app unless you're prepared to let students see each other's e-mail. Changing e-mail accounts in Mail requires going to Settings; that can get messy and time consuming (although some schools do it that way).
  • Access e-mail through the web browser. Many e-mail services such as Google and Microsoft Exchange have a web interface that you can access through Safari. Just make sure to log out when you're done. * Log out, log out, log out. Few apps prompt you to log out when you close them, but many have an option to log out on their Settings menus. Encourage students to always log out (or to sign out, as shown in Figure 1-3) before closing an app or website that requires a login.
  • Appreciate the silver lining to your cloud account. Consider saving data to a cloud-based service such as DropBox (which will also need logging in and out). There are simple ways to move content from the iPad to a cloud storage account. On a shared iPad, one practical approach is to use e-mail. For example, some web services, such as Evernote, accept files that are e-mailed to a unique e-mail address the service sets up for your account. You'll still have to delete the files from the iPad, however, if you want to keep the information private.


ow to display your iPad via a projector

Tony Vincent has created a great graphic that shows you 6 different options. NOTE: multi-license discounts are available. 

Ways to Display iPad.pdf



 iOS 6 tips and tricks


Tony Vincent's Learning in Hand

website is amazing with lots and lots of great info and how-to's. Tony Vincent's list of iPad/iPod Classroom Dos and Don'ts


CNET.com's videos

on a variety of tips and tricks for iOS devices are excellent--short and very informative.


100 iPad Tips and Tricks-a free download!

Shared by Jeff Thomas, an educator for 30 years, most recently as a Director of Technology at a private middle school. He is currently consulting on edtech integration in the classroom.


iPad's Keyboard Hidden Functions: Tips and Tricks

from DetroitBORG (YouTube video)



offers great iPad news and also has a newsletter you can sign up to receive their "essential iPad tips." A couple of times a week, you'll get a short email highlighting one great tip or trick that will help you learn more about your device. Even though I consider myself a "pro" user, I've learned a few new things. If you don't find the emails useful, you can always unsubscribe.


How to Create Folders

YouTube video from IGM (Insanely Great Mac)


How to capture a screen shot

 In order to take a screen capture of the iPhone, iPad or iPod, press and hold the Home button that is located at the bottom center of the iPhone and is more often used to return to the default screen of your iPhone. While your hold the home button, also press the Sleep / Wake key on top of iPhone and a screen shot of the existing screen will get saved to your iPhone or iPod photos folder. The iPod / iPhone screen will flash momentarily to indicate that a screen shot has  been captured.


HotApps4Hots by Lisa Johnson & Yolanda Barker

This book is available for download on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iBooks and on your computer with iTunes. Books must be read on an iOS device.

In this interactive resource, readers will cycle through 9 stations focusing on each level of Bloom's Taxonomy (from remembering to creating). Each station will include an apptivity with a specific app, example products, and additional resources to support iPad integration in the iClassroom.


iPad Presenting: Powerpoint, Videos, Web Demos and more - Teach42 

Steve Dembo's tips on using an iPad to present


A how-to for downloading Project Gutenberg's books to an iPad. 


Charging problems?

If you've connected your iPad to your computer and it's not charging, it could be one of these problems. To troubleshoot:

  1. Be sure you have both the most current version of iTunes as well as the most current version of your iOS.
  2. Check to be sure your cable is not damaged by using it along with the wall plug that came with your iPad. If the device charges that way it's not your cable.
  3. Be aware that not all computers or USB hubs have sufficient power to charge iPads. For instance, an older (2008) iBook will charge one iPad via the USB port, but not two at once, even though the iBook has two USB ports.) MacWorld has a good article explaining this issue.


Make your own stylus

CNet.com shares how to make a stylus for your device, practically for free!



How to produce video using an iPhone or iPodTouch4

(the iPodTouch4 one now has a camera-still and video) This presentation, by my favorite handheld guru, Tony Vincent, was given for the Jan. 2011 Learning Without Frontiers (LWF) Handheld Learning Conference in London, England.




iPod/iPad Settings

A good, basic guide to how to use the basic iPad/iPod settings from the MakeUseOf website, by Bakari Chavanu, who is a freelance writer, photographer and long time Mac user.


How to set up the free "Find My iPad/iPod" option


Creating an iTunes App Store account without a credit card

Note: You must be in the "apps" section of the store to make this work!

Related Tip:

How to "buy" free apps that aren't in your country's iTunes Store.


Saving on battery power

  • In "Settings" go to "General: then "Sounds" turn off "Keyboard Clicks" and any other sounds you don't think you'll need.
  • In "Settings" go to "Brightness" turn off "Auto Brightness" and turn brightness down to a low as you like--the lower, the less power you'll use.
  • Turn off any extraneous app sounds that you can--usually found in the app itself. Look for "settings,  an "i" in the corner or sometimes a "gear" icon to access those.



Digital Storytelling can transform your students' writing into a visual masterpiece that is filled with voice and emotion, while enhancing critical thinking skills. The iPad takes digital storytelling to a new level by making the process easier, and even more engaging for students of all grade levels as well as for their teachers.  This site will help guide you in what you need for success in the iPad Digital Storytelling classroom. (Thanks to Keith Schroeder, HSSD, for this info)


Microscope Adaptation for iPod Touch4 or iPad2 (SO Cool!)

The mod was created by Crabfu who has used a BodyGlove iPhone case to attach to the microscope to make it then easy to attach ans remove from your iPhone when required. (clear cases are available from Amazon for under $2.) In fact, the total cost of creating this amazing little microscope/adaptor is under $15, including shipping.)

The video producer mentions an app called "Digital Zoom" (free) for helping get the best shots with the microscope, but after reading reviews of this app, you may want to check out "Gorrillacam" (also free) instead. (allows for digital zoom and much, much more!) The "blucam" app mentioned that allows you to connect your iPod4 or iPhone camera to an iPad is $1.99.


Its a great little mod for quick magnification out and about without having to carry too much extra equipment.


Microscope Adaptation for iPads, too!


How to turn your iPad into a digital whiteboard




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