Great iPad Tips and Resources for Teachers

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April 29, 2014
Below is what I have been preparing for you over the last weekend. I have gone through all the archive of posts I have shared here and consulted several other external resources to compile this guide. The purpose behind this work is to help teachers and educators better tap into the full educational potential of iPad and make a good use of it in their instruction as well as in their professional development.

I divided this guide into 5parts:

  • iPad Technical Tips
  • iPad Management Tips and Tricks 
  • Resources for Finding Educational Apps
  • iPad Apps Evaluation Rubrics
  • iPad classroom posters

iPad Technical Tips

1- Take a screenshot 
To take a screenshot on your iPad just click on the the Home button followed immediately by clicking on the Sleep/Wake button. You will hear a click sound after the shot is taken. All the screenshots are saved in your iPad's Photo's Gallery. From there you can can email or share them on popular social media.

2- Print Docs from your iPad
My favourite way to print docs from iPad is through using AirPrint. AirPrint enables instant printing from iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, and Mac without the need to install drivers or download software. Simply select an AirPrint printer and print. It's that simple. AirPrint is compatible with most of the popular printers ( Canon, HP, Brother, Epson, Dell…etc). Check out this article to learn how to use AirPrint.

3- Double Click the Home button
When you double click on the Home button you will be able to :

  • View and launch recently used applications
  • Lock screen orientation, adjust brightness, play media, and adjust media sound.

4- Creating folders for apps
To create a folder for your apps.Touch and hold icons until jiggling, then drag the app on top of another and a folder will be created  to hold both of them. You can add more apps to this folder by dragging other apps to it. Give the folder a  name the folder then  click on the home button to save.

5- Check the open apps
To check all the apps that are open on your iPad. Click on the Home button two times then a thumbnail of the apps that are opened will be displayed. Swipe right to left to go through them. To close any app, jus tap on it and swipe it upwards.

6- Activate Guided Access
Guided Access keeps the iPad in a single app, and allows you to control which features are available. This is great when working with students. To start Guided Access, triple click the home button in the app you want to use. Check out this visual guide to earn more about  how to use Guided Access.

7- Copy/Paste
To copy and paste a portion of text on iPad, just tap and hold down and then select the text you want to copy then click on copy. To copy the whole paragraph, tap four times. To paste your text, just tap and hold down then click on paste.
Check out more iPad technical tips from this page and this page.

iPad Management Tips and Tricks

Techchef4U has this wonderful cheat sheet that features some important guidelines and tips on iPad management. You can download this document in PDF format from this link.

Places to look for educational apps

Here are some of the trusted platforms where you can search for educational apps to use with your students.

 iPad Apps Evaluation rubrics

Here are some wonderful rubrics to help you and your students better evaluate the apps to use in your class.

 iPad Posters for your class

There is a section here in Educational technology and Mobile Learning where I feature iPad posters that teachers can use in their classes. Here are some samples I selected for you.