I just spent the conference week with some apple officiandos. People living and breathing it – my kinda people! Combine the gems I picked up from them, plus the little things I have learnt over the past year and I decided I had enough for a blog post! This is not about apps, but instead, just some quick things to do to help use the iPad efficiently. Old news for some of you, but I hope it helps those starting out!
Also, you must watch Katie’s FREE webinar – iPad Basics 101!
TEN ELEVEN IPAD TIPS…. (Updated for iOS7)
1. Edit folder views
Hold an app down until it starts to jiggle and then you can move and rearrange apps on your pages. Create a folder by dropping one app on top of another. Put apps into folder categories to keep organised. Click on the text label to change or rename the folder name. Click the home button to get out of the edit/jiggle mode.
I like to keep all my folders organised and arranged, I am a bit pedantic about it. In iOS7 we can now put lots more apps in a single folder which is great!
2. Lock faves to bottom dock
Also while in edit/jiggle mode, you can drag apps down to the bottom dock. Locking your favourite apps or folders on this bottom dock means they are always easy to access and do not change when you swipe between screens.
3. Use iPad Restrictions
Go into Settings, General, then Restrictions. Enable your restrictions (you will need to add a password the first time and DON’T FORGET IT!) and then you can turn on or off some features of the ipad. I like to turn off the ability to delete or install apps and in-app purchases, so that students do not accidentally delete an app off the the iPad or try to install an app.
4. Add to Home Screen
Make direct links to your favourite Internet pages. When in Safari, with your chosen website open, press the arrow on the top bar and then click ADD TO HOME SCREEN. An automatic link to that internet page will now be added to your home screen so you can click and open the website quickly and easily.
5.Five finger pinch to close
Use a five finger pinch on an open app to close it quickly. (This is an alternative to pressing the home button). This is called a “Multi-tasking Gesture” and can be turned OFF in Settings – General.
6.Four finger swipe to change between apps
Use a four finger swipe left and right to go between programs that have been in use. This is called a “Multi-tasking Gesture” and can be turned OFF in Settings – General. I would turn this off if I had a student with a physical impairment who kept accidentally doing a four finger swipe when all they were trying to do was touch the screen.
7. Speak Selection
Make your iPad read onscreen text aloud (eg. in Pages, notes, iBooks, Safari). Go to Settings, General and then Accessibility. Turn SPEAK SELECTION on. Now whenever you highlight/select text, there will be an option to SPEAK the text – words, sentences, paragraphs, whatever text you have selected.
8. Double tap Home button – Multi-tasking dock
Double tapping the home button opens up a multi-tasking dock along the bottom of the screen. It lets you see recently used apps, which you can swipe left and right to view. You can click on an app here to open it automatically. While in this multi-task dock, if you swipe your finger up on the app, it will close that app down. This is useful if the app has frozen or playing up, as it restarts the app next time you open it. you can even swipe up with 2 or 3 fingers to close a couple of apps at a time.
9. Spotlight Search
If you can’t find the App you want, because it is carefully filed away into a folder somewhere, swipe down at the top of any screen to get the search page. Simply type in the name of the app and it should appear in the list. Click it here to open it directly. You can set what things on the iPad you search for (apps, contacts, music) in Spotlight Search in Settings – General.
10. Screen Capture
You can take photos of the iPad screen (screen capture), eg. of a page on Proloquo2GoScreen. Hold the home button down and then click the power button (at the top of the iPad) simultaneously. You will hear and see a camera click, and an image of your current screen will be sent to your camera roll.
11. Control Centre
iOS7 came with a Control Centre, which is opened when you swipe up at the bottom of the iPad screen. It has some easy access things like the camera, volume, mute and a few other functions.
That’s it… easy, right? So if you are starting out, I hope these top
10 11 tips have helped. I am sure there are many more tips and tricks… leave me a comment if you want to share yours!
Have a great day!