IPad Getting Started Apps/Tips & Tricks
Google Apps Google offers a number of free apps designed to enhance organization and collaboration utilizing Web 2.0. Examples include todo lists, reminders, document sharing and management, etc. You can create a Google account and then access it from your iPhone, iPod, etc., as long as you have an internet connection. www.google.com
This site has so much information that changes daily that it can be overwhelming. It contains a daily list of apps that previously cost money but for short-term are free. Apps are organized by original price (i.e. was 4.99). If you like a “sale” this site offers it. You can request the list of free apps be emailed to you daily.
Google offers a number of free apps designed to enhance organization and collaboration utilizing Web 2.0. Examples include todo lists, reminders, document sharing and management, etc. You can create a Google account and then access it from your iPhone, iPod, etc., as long as you have an internet connection.
Restricting students from deleting apps
- Upgrade your OS if you have not already.
- In the settings menu under general there are restrictions. Activating this requires you to choose a pin. From there you can turn on a restriction for deleting apps.
- Go to Settings>General>Restrictions.
- In the first sections there is a toggle for Deleting Apps—toggle it to OFF
Stopping Access to the Home Button
The easiest way is to purchase a case such as the Bub Cap which covers the home button or to purchase the Home Button Guard made by Lasered Pics. With these covers, the adult can still push it to get home but it requires a harder push.
There are also several cases that block the home button such as the iAdapter case by AMDI.
Set the screen to never lock
Open the settings, choose auto-lock, change the amount of time before the screen locks (2, 5, 10, 15 minutes or never). Note: This will drain your battery rather quickly.
Lock screen to not rotate
Under settings, scroll down to lock rotation (use side switch to:) and check the item. Now your side on off (normally mute) button is a toggle to lock and unlock the rotation feature. Note: you can also return this button to mute by checking the mute option below lock rotation.
When you download an app, it may ask you if you want to allow “push notifications”. If you choose allow, you will periodically get texts from the app telling you different things - Everything from Merry Christmas to a reminder to upgrade or do a task. To shut this off, go into settings, notifications, and choose the app that is in the notification center that you do not want content from. Press the name of the app and slide the notification bar to off.
Shutting off internet access or access to certain apps
Under settings, choose restrictions. If it asks for a passcode, you must know this code to get in. Turn off access to certain apps such as safari, you tube, camera, facetime, itunes, Ping, installing and deleting apps. Here you can also restrict in-app purchases, and monitor the level of content (g rating) for apps, music, TV, etc.
Disable the ability to switch between apps
Under settings, choose general, and then turn multitasking gestures to Off.
QR Code Reader and Creator Generator.($.99)
This app allows you to read and create your own QR Codes. Use it to link web sites to content, provide additional support for reading, add additional instructions to your task, read books in Spanish or English, to send kids on a scavenger hunt, to link to numerous online resources, Using this app you can generate a list of QR code as one PDF file for printing, generate any QR code such as text, URL, contact, etc., instant Scan, and add Phone Contact and navigate to URL on one step. This application supports all iOS includes iPhone, iPad2, iPod touch with camera for the scanning capabilities.
Controlling a smart board with the iPad
On an iPad, you can get the App “SplashTop.” This app allows you to connect to the computer that operates the SmartBoard via WiFi. You have to download Splashtop Streamer to your computer and set up a password. Once set up, you select the APP Splashtop on the iPad, it will connect to your computer and become the operator of the smartboard. You can even use this with a student who has physical limitations so they can participate from an iPad while the other students can still come to the smartboard.