iPad Tips and Tricks

Whether you’re new to the iPad or a long time user, here are some great tips to help you get the most out of the device. A few of these are intended for using on the new iPad, but most of them will be relevant to all iPad models of all ages.

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Actor Tom Hanks Releases Typewriter App

By | September 3rd, 2014|iPad Tips and Tricks, Technology in Education, Touch Typing Research and Development|0 Comments

Tom Hanks has decided to enter the tech game and create a new app with a little nostalgia. It’s called the Hanx Writer. The app turns your 21st Century iPad into an old-school manual typewriter. This app has now shot to the top of the iTunes App Store rankings, coming in as no. 1 in both the Productivity section, as well as Overall. His instructions were simple: Don’t make it gimmicky and make sure that it can work with a Bluetooth Keyboard. By using a separate keyboard, you can really get the full effect of seeing the blank white page slowly fill with black type. "I suppose some people who get the app may just be looking for a different sound, but really, it's for people searching for a more personalized experience when writing on an iPad," says Hanks. “There’s also the opportunity here to take your iPad to a [...]

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iPad Tips and Tricks

By | September 30th, 2013|iPad Tips and Tricks, Technology in Education|0 Comments

Whether you’re new to the iPad or a longtime user, here are some great tips to help you get the most out of the device. A few of these are intended for using on the new iPad, but most of them will be relevant to all iPad models of all ages. Switch the Mute Button to Orientation Lock Tap on Settings > General > Use Side Switch to: Lock Orientation. The side switch defaults to mute, but with volume buttons right underneath it this makes no sense, and there’s nothing more annoying than an iPad screen that’s constantly rotating if you’re reading in bed. Double-Tap Home Button to Access Brightness The iPad screen is extraordinarily bright, this is wonderful for daytime use but give your eyes some rest in dimmer environments and at night time by manually adjusting the brightness, just double-tap the Home button and swipe right until you see the [...]

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100+ Great iPad apps

By | August 22nd, 2013|iPad Tips and Tricks, Technology in Education|0 Comments

It is always daunting when looking for apps for children and teens. Here is a little help for you. Mathematics Angle Boing: Savane Cube Construct Educreations Minecraft PE Number Sketchpad Explorer ShowMe Writing Text, images/photo's and Voice recordings Evernote PaperDesk Text only Lino Notes Verses Poetry Creator Reading iFPoems Miss Spider: FR Chèvres Billy Vocabulary Building - Primary Boing: Ocèan Boing: Pingouins Doode Buddy French Wizard (L'escapadou) French Words (L'escapadou) Jeu de mots Le Qi de l'enfant Mini-TFO Vocabulary Building - Junior/Intermediate 7 mots Boggle Dictionary La Cible Whirly Word Digital Storytelling Tools - Writing Bookabit Comic Life My Story Scribble Press Story Creator Story Lines for Schools Strip Design Toontastic Visual Poet Digital Storytelling Tools - Performing (Oral) PuppetPals HD (Directors Cut) Sock Puppets Science and Technology - Structures Bridge Constructor Playground Bridge FREE Social Studies - Ancient Civilizations Empire Story Social Studies - General Interest Google Earth Social Studies [...]

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Who has heard of Squag?

By | July 12th, 2013|iPad Tips and Tricks, Supporting Special Needs, Technology in Education, Touch Typing Research and Development|0 Comments

Today I was introduced to Squag and wanted to share it with you. Here are two posts I liked. They are not long or detailed but gives us all a little something to share. "SquagTM [skwag] is a curated, online experience for kids on the autism spectrum (and their siblings!) that allows them to initiate, explore, and self-discover. Our SquagpadsTM give parents an opportunity to learn about their kids and give kids a new way to learn about themselves, making screen time more meaningful." Communication and Friendship written by Chloe Rothschild on December 30, 2012 - Squag Nation Something you should know before you read this post: I communicate better through typing. Imagine living life, knowing that some people may never know how much you really know, or how smart you really are, because when they talk to you, all you usually say is ‘I don’t know’. But -  if you talk to that person on Facebook, Instant Message, e-mail, or [...]

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iPads in education

By | July 3rd, 2013|iPad Tips and Tricks, Technology in Education|0 Comments

 I saw this interesting article and from Education Drive and wanted to share it with you. iPads in education: Education Dive's ultimate guide The iPad is already an education phenomenon, and Apple will be pushing even more education features when iOS 7 launches later this year. Here at Education Dive, we see more case studies and reports every week about who is using or developing for the iPad, and schools have become battlegrounds where the device is winning some wars—as well as contracts. So what do you need to know before deciding if your university or school district should buy one (or 11,000)? Education Dive assembled all of our resources and recent news reports in one handy list to fill you in. Take a look at these features, and you'll be an iPad education expert in no time. 1. APPLE'S IPAD IS AN EDUCATION POWER TOOL Before we get to the pros and cons, [...]

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17 ways iPads will be used in Schools

By | February 14th, 2013|iPad Tips and Tricks, Technology in Education|0 Comments

The question still arises...who will teach them how to use these new devices safely and how will they enter the data they need quickly? Last year, iPads in education took the world by storm, finding their ways into initiatives at both the K-12 and university levels. Here at Education Dive, we talked to some of the people responsible for those rollouts and watched as schools decided how to use tablets, whether they were Apple's or not. In 2013, iPads are still going strong. New pilot programs are winning over former doubters—and in some cases existing programs are expanding. So how will iPads be used as their classroom roles evolve in 2013? Follow this link to find out.

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iPad Typing

By | November 16th, 2012|iPad Tips and Tricks|1 Comment

Learning to use a Bluetooth keyboard to Touch Type on the iPad The biggest hurdle in making the iPad a true replacement for a laptop is having the right keyboard. What options do I have when Touch Typing on my iPad? It is impossible to Touch Type using the touch screen keyboards on the iPad. Using just a few fingers (hunting and pecking) leads to inefficiency when inputting data and incorrect posture.  There are other solutions now available. Any numbers of manufacturers sell cases that have Bluetooth connected keyboards but watch out which one you choose. The problem with some cases is that by essentially attaching the keyboard to the iPad, it eliminates the ability to adjust the keyboard’s distance/placement with respect to the iPad. This makes for wildly bad ergonomics, and leads to inefficient/uncomfortable typing. Compound this with the fact that most of the keyboards that are [...]