iPad3 KIS One to World MASTER.jpgWeek 1: iOS Basics and Student Usage Management

  1. Gain a basic understanding of the built in hardware and software features of the iPad.
  2. Downloading, Moving, Deleting and Organising Apps
  3. Create/Add Mail Accounts
  4. Calendar synching
  5. Using a Projector with your iOS device in the classroom, including AirPlay
  6. Keyboard Settings and Options, and working with Text on iOS
  7. Multitask Gestures


In order to understand how a device can improve student learning, it is essential to have a basic knowledge of how the device works and its capabilities. This session is for those who have little or no experience using an iPad.

iPad Features:

Hardware & buttons

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The Home button is 1 of only 2 physical button on an iOS device. The Home button closes Apps when pressed once, and opens the Task Bar when tapped twice.

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Cameras & photos

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The iPad and iPad Mini are equipped with 5MP camera, Autofocus, Face detection, Backside illumination, Five-element lens, Hybrid IR filter, ƒ/2.4 aperture, Tap to focus video or still images, Tap to control exposure for video or still images, Photo and video geotagging

Sharing Photos

Once photos are taken they can be found in the Photos App > Camera Roll. To share, Select a photo, tap the Share button, choose who you want to share your photos with, and they’re on their way. Friends can like photos and leave comments for everyone to see. http://www.apple.com/icloud/setup/pc.html

Activate Photostream on iOS and Mac

On your iOS devices, go to Settings > iCloud > Photo Stream, and turn on My Photo Stream and Shared Photo Streams.

On your Mac, go to System Preferences > iCloud and select the checkbox for Photo Stream. Click the Options button to verify that both My Photo Stream and Shared Photo Streams are enabled. Then, open iPhoto or Aperture to confirm that My Photo Stream and Shared Photo Streams are turned on in the application you want to use with Photo Stream. You can also adjust your Photo Stream settings in iPhoto or Aperture Preferences.


To ‘project’ your iPad you have 2 options.

1. Apple 30pin to VGA adaptor.

These adaptors will plug into the iPad 2, with the VGA being your best option for connecting to to the projector using your regular Lightening-VGA adaptor.pngclassroom cable. At US$50 from the US Apple Store, this is an expensive option, and least ideal. (see right of screen)

2. Reflector App - for Mac or PC

This is the most popular option as it allows wireless connection. Using the native ‘AirPlay’ feature of all iOS devices, you mirror your iOS screen to the Reflector App, which is installed on your Mac or PC. With your computer connected to the projector in the traditional way, your iPad will appear on your classroom projector screen.
Reflector App logo.jpegTo get started with ‘Reflector’ visit http://www.reflectorapp.com/ and download your copy. It costs US$12.99 for a single license, or US$54.99 for 5 licenses.
Enable AirPlay Mirroring from your iPhone 4S or iPad directly from the recently used apps section in iOS

  1. Connect your iPhone or iPad and your Apple TV to the same Wi-Fi network.AirPlay feature iOS.png
  2. On your iPhone or iPad, double-click the Home Button to display your recently used apps.
  3. Swipe your recently used apps twice from left to right until you see the icon.
  4. Tap the icon to display a list of available AirPlay devices.
  5. Enable AirPlay Mirroring* from this menu by tapping the name of your Apple TV, then toggle the on/off slider to ON.
  6. Open 'Reflector' (we recommend after installing it, to create a shortcut on your Dock by dragging the icon from your 'Applications' folder to your Dock).
  7. Select 'Reflector' > 'Preferences'. As more people start to use Reflector on the shared WIFI, you will see more and more computers in the AirPlay plane on the iOS. (see image to right of screen). You therefore may want to set your Reflector name (use your Mac's name if set in your Mac's System Preferences > Users and Groups), and maybe even a password to prevent people accidentally reflecting the iOS onto your Mac/Projector screens. A person who does this may not even be in the same room. They could be anywhere on campus.
  8. Make choices now about whether or not to launch in fullscreen mode when you AirPlay your iOS device, and what colour the background is.

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AppleID and downloading Apps

What is an Apple ID and do I need one?

Yes, you need one...

An Apple ID is your user name for everything you do with Apple: Shop the iTunes Store, enable iCloud on all your devices, buy from the Apple Online Store, make a reservation at an Apple Retail Store, access the Apple Support website, and more. The AppleID is therefore also the login you use for just about everything you do with Apple, including using iCloud to store your content, downloading apps from the App Store, and buying songs, movies, and TV shows from the iTunes Store.

Think you have an AppleID but not sure what the password etc is?
Visit: http://bit.ly/U0tygW and start trying to track it down.

Having problems with your Apple ID, including password support and possible occurance of Multiple Accounts? Go to:

More questions? Go to Apple FAQ site and get the answers: http://bit.ly/14xyo9f

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Once you've found your app, you'll need to install it on your iPad. This is a two-step process. First, touch the gray button with the price on it. Many are of course FREE though. Once you have done this, you will be asked to enter your APPLE ID password, as well as confirming the cost of the purchase if applicable.

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The next time your SYNCH your iPad to your home computer, your purchase will be copied also to your iTunes Library.

Move, Delete and Organise Apps

Once an App is downloaded, it will place itself on your last screen. You can navigate to this by swiping to the right. You can however move an iPad app by placing your finger on the app's icon and holding it down until all of the icons on the screen start wobbling.
This is both the Move State, as well as the Delete State.
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A. Move

While your iPad is in this move state, you can move icons by holding your finger down on top of them and simply moving your finger. If you move the app's icon to the left side of the display, the iPad will shift to the screen to the left. If you move the icon to the right side of the display, it will shift to the screen to the right.To place the app's icon, simply lift up your finger. When you are finished moving iPad apps, you can leave the "move state" by clicking the Home button.

B. Delete Apps

Apps can be deleted from this same State. Hold your finger down in the middle of the App, and wait until all App tiles start wobbling, and there is a black X in the top-left corner of all App tiles.

To delete the App you wish to remove, press that Black X on the App to delete. You will be asked to confirm this decision. Press the Home button to complete the process and exit the Move/Delete process.

C. Organise Apps

Organise Apps iOS.png.pngFinally, Apps can also be moved and organised from this same State. Hold your finger down in the middle of the App, and wait until all App tiles start wobbling, and there is a black X in the top-left corner of all App tiles.

Now to organise Apps into Groups, drop Apps on top of another to group them. In the screenshot, you can see how a ‘Google’ App grouping looks. This was started by Moving one Google App onto another, naming the Group, and then adding further Apps to it.

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Multitask Gestures

There are three very handy uses for the four-finger multi-task gestures, as follows:
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Switching Between Apps: This perhaps the most useful of the multitasking gestures is the ability to switch between apps by using four fingers and swiping left or right on the screen.
Getting Back to the Home Screen: If switching between apps is the most useful, getting back to the home screen will be the most used. Instead of clicking the home button, you can use four fingers to pinch in on the screen.
Bringing Up the Task Bar: The task bar is located at the bottom of screen, often activated by double clicking the physical Home button. But with MultiTask Gestures, you can pinch out with four fingers to reveal it. This is a very similar gesture to zooming in on a webpage or picture.
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Keyboard Options

The iPad Keyboard Settings will let you do customize your iPad by turning off Auto-Correction, choosing an International Keyboard or even setting up Keyboard Shortcuts. Let's go over the different options under Keyboard Settings to understand what you can do to modify your iPad's keyboard.

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  • Auto-Capitalization. By default, the iPad automatically makes the first letter in each sentence a capital letter. You can choose to disable this feature if you wish.
  • Auto-Correction. To avoid common misspellings, ‘auto-correction tries to help. While often very useful, it can create some unusual interpretations of the word you are trying to use. If in a hurry, it can lead to embarrassment, especially in emails! You can switch this off.
  • Check Spelling. Red squiggly lines under a word indicate that the iPad thinks you may have misspelled the word. This is the built-in spell checker. You can turn it off by switching Check Spelling to Off.
  • Enable Caps Lock. By default, the iPad will turn off the caps key after you type in your next letter, number or symbol. But if you double tap the caps key, it turns on caps lock, which will allow you to type in multiple capital letters without the need to hit the caps key before each one. If you don't like this feature, you can turn it off here.
  • "." Shortcut. If you hit space twice in a row, the iPad will insert a fullstop (period) in place of the first space. Helpful for composing extended paragraphs, but it can often lead to having 2 actual spaces. You can turn off the option.
  • International Keyboards (see images to right of screen). When you first set up your Add Keyboard to iPad 2.pngiPad, you set your nationality settings. You can however add to this, by opening Settings > Keyboard > Add Keyboard.
  • You can also change from the standard "QWERTY" keyboard to the "AZERTY" keyboard or the "QWERTZ" keyboard layout.
  • Split Keyboard. To help with speedy composition you can ‘pull’ the keyboard apart for thumb typing. It’s worth trying out, but you can of course turn off the split keyboard with this setting, which means you'll never accidentally pull your keyboard apart.
  • Dictation. The 3rd generation iPad includes Voice Dictation. But if you prefer typing to talking, you can turn off Voice Dictation with this setting.
  • Shortcuts. Keyboard shortcuts allow you to type in a simple abbreviation (like "omw") and have the iPad convert it to something longer (like "On my way!"). You can add your own shortcuts here, which can really save time.

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Selecting Text from a website to copy
Copy and Paste

Go to any screen that has text on it.
  1. Touch and hold your finger on the iPad screen on the text you wish you to select. A magnifying glass appears. Position the glass over the text you want to copy.
  2. Remove your finger from the screen and tap "Select," which highlights a word of text in the selection.
  3. Drag the selection handles to expand the highlighted area over the text you wish copied on your iPad. Once selected, tap "Copy."
  4. Navigate to a text-entry box or document that you can edit. Press and hold a finger on the text field until the "Paste" button appears. Tap this button to paste the copied text into the field.

Mail and Calendars

Adding email account is fairlt easy, but varies depending on what type of email account you want to add. In this example, we'll use Gmail as this is what's used at KIS.

1. Open Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars on your iOS device
2. Fill out the fields as suggested (by Apple) below. Just make sure you put your full name in the 'Name' field, as this is what will appear in your recipients' emails. You might however put 'Work' or 'Personal' in the 'Description field. This will show up only on your device and will help navigate to the correct account, and faster!

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3. It is advisable at this stage to switch Calendars to the ON position for your new account. We'll go to your Calendar App next to fine tune which Calendars will display.

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4. Once you have opened your Calendar App, select 'Calendars' from the top-left of screen. This will show all your Google Calendars that are attached to your Google email account.

5. Now, start selecting the Calendars that you want to display by default each time you open the App. (* You can of course return to this menu for those other less-used Cals).

6. To add Events to your Calendar, hold your finger down on the date you want to add an Event to, and complete the fields.

7. You can add people (Invitees) too to any event you create.

8. Check for Invitations sent to you by selecting the 'Invitation' button, located right next to the 'Calendars' button. In the screenshot above, you can see that there are '0' Invitations waiting here.


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Siri can add a lot of user friendly features to the iPad user.

Activate Siri in Settings / General / Siri. If this is not an option, Go to Settings / General / International. Under Region Format, Select an English Speaking country, and try again.

Just Press & Hold the "Home" Button until you hear a beep.

You can even ask her to tell you what she can do.

Here is a list of things She can do:

  • Call (Name) – Phone
  • Launch Photos – App Launching
  • Tell (Name) I’ll be right there – Messages
  • Set up a meeting at 9 – Calendar
  • Did the Giants win? – Sports
  • Give me directions home – Maps
  • Tweet with my location – Twitter
  • Post to Facebook – Facebook
  • Table for four in Palo Alto – Restaurants
  • What movies are playing? – Movies
  • Play Norah Jones – Music
  • Remind me to call mom – Reminders
  • Email Emily about the trip – Email
  • What’s the weather today?- Weather
  • What is Apple’s stock price? – Stocks
  • Wake me up tomorrow at 7AM – Clock
  • What is Emily’s address? – Contacts
  • Note that I spent $12 on lunch – Notes
  • Where’s Brian? – Find My Friends
  • Define mitosis – WolframAlpha (for the tough questions)

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