Monday, December 12th & Thursday, December 15th, 2011

(previously held Monday, May 2nd, 2011)

The basics of the iPad

Review basics such as connecting to a wireless network & setting up/altering email accounts
Tips & Tricks

App organization

Hidden Keys

  • Certain keyboard keys have hidden alternatives
  • Prevents having to switch to the "ABC" keyboard for additional punctuation
  • Ability to add m-dash and bullets
  • Offers quick access to accented letters and other non-American English punctuation
  • Press and hold on punctuation to see hidden options
  • In a browser the ".com" button, when held down, revelas ".net" ".org" ".us" and ".edu" options


Additional informational links:
71 iPad keyboard keys you didn't know existed
How to find hidden punctuation keys

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Quickly switch between running apps (images from:

  • Multitasking is the ability to run more than one app/program at one time
  • The multitasking iPad feature allows for quick switching from app to app without going to the home screen
  • Apps run in the background, so switching apps doesn't quit the function of the previous app


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Quitting running apps (images from:

  • Quitting apps will help conserve battery life and improve overall performance
  • Any app opened runs indefinitely
  • Any time you open an app it stays running until you quit it. Switching to another app doesn't quit the first app, nor does returning to the homse screen. The only way to quit an app is to use the multitasking feature, hold the app you want to quit, and when shaking, press the red minus button.


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Set a password to access your home screen (images from:

  • Setting a "Passcode Lock" secures your apps and information
  • The iPad will lock after a predetermined (and adjustable) period of inactivity
  • Entering a 4 digit code will be required to "wake" the iPad
  • Passcode lock is a function of the general Settings


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Backgrounds & Wallpapers

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Adding apps

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Deleting apps

So you’ve downloaded, perhaps even purchased, some of the new iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad apps from the App Store. Then you discovered you don’t really want or need that app. This tutorial will guide you in deleting it from your iPhone, iPod Touch and/or iPad.
    1. On the springboard, locate the app you want to delete. For this example, I’ll use WeatherBug.
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    1. Tap and hold down the icon of the application you want to delete. After a few seconds your screen will start to “wiggle” and an X will appear next to each of the apps you’ve installed via the App Store.
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    1. Tap the X next to the icon of the app you want to remove. When prompted, selectDelete.
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    2. And now it’s gone.
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  1. If the application is listed in your iTunes Applications as well, you’ll want to remove it from there – or else it will re-install the next time you sync. Alternately you can keep the app in your iTunes Applications, and set iTunes not to sync all applications, just the ones you want to keep. See the Applications tab of your device the next time it’s connected in iTunes for syncing options.
  2. NOTE: you can also re-order/move the apps on your iPod Touch, iPhone or iPadusing a very similar process.
NOTE: you cannot delete certain apps – generally the ones that come pre-loaded on your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad – such as Stocks, Maps, Safari etc. You can use this tutorial to “move” them to another screen (perhaps the ‘last’ one) so that you don’t have to see them/make room for the ones you use more frequently.


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App Folders for apps

This very brief tutorial will guide you through the steps required to create folders for your Apps on your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch.
    1. Start out by deciding which Apps you want to put into your new folder. I decided to group all of the Twitter apps on my iPad into one folder, so that’s what I’ll use in this example. Tap and hold down the first App you want to add to the folder, then drag-and-drop it onto another App you want in the same folder.
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    1. A new window will pop up with a “name” section for your new folder (see image below). If you want to change the default name of the folder, tap the small x in the Name field.
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    1. The keyboard will pop up and you can now give your folder a custom name.
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    1. Tap anywhere on the screen to complete the naming process. Now continue to drag other Apps onto this new folder to add them to it.
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    1. Once you’re done, click the Home button on your iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch. Now you’ll have a new folder icon. Tap it.
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    1. The folder will expand and display each of the Apps you placed into it. That’s it – you’re done!
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Some helpful links to review the basics of iPad use...

Apple's iPad Guided Tours

iPad Setup via

How to Geek's Complete list of iPad tips and tricks

iPads in Education - online community of educators discussing iPads in education

iPads 4 Education - another online community of educators discussing iPads in education

Mr. Casal's Diigo bookmarks of useful iPad-related website

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