Congratulations, you have a new device but are not quite sure how to get started? One of the most frequent requests I hear from people starting out with their new technology is for the 'User Manual'. Of course, these devices are mostly designed to play and go, but just to reassure you click on the links here to download the latest Device User Manuals.
Now that you have your user manual, (I know some of you will probably never read it but it's 'good to have') lets get started with some ideas on how to use those basic built in features/apps.
- Add your schedule and appointments and never miss a thing.
- See your week/day/month at a glance to help you plan
- Start by hitting the + to add a new event. From here you can enter all of the details needed, including a useful area for notes, invite others (if you have them as a contact), set the event to repeat, and also show travel time to an event.
- Teach time and how to read a clock (e.g. in French)
- Show the difference in times between different locations around the world
- Use the alarm to prepare students for a change in subject (Can be useful with some students with ADD, ADHD)
- Use the timer as a visual display on the screen (useful for Exam Practice). You can set the timer to sound an alarm at the end of the time allowed, or alternatively play music from your iTunes account and turn off the music after the time you have allowed. (e.g. Mindfulness exercise with your class)
- Stopwatch can be used in any activity to help test time. In science use it in experiments. In Physical Ed use it for activities.
- Use the camera as a visualiser in class (if you connect to your projector physically or using Airplay)
- Take a picture of those handouts that you use, and digitise them for future use.
- Using the video function to record experiments/lessons/explanations and share them with others.
- Use the video function to record presentations/speaking in different languages and play it back to reflect on practice.
- Jot down all of your quick notes in one place. Insert pictures and share with others
- Take quick notes or minutes and send it to others quickly.
- (iOS9 and Newer device) insert handwritten notes
- Great method of communication - face to face with other users (great means of communication for deaf community using sign language)
- Turn your maps into Satellite view (Click on the i icon to switch over) and look around the globe. Use as aerial view photographs of any site. (Remember you can take a screen grab of anything on the screen by simultaneously click the Home Button and Sleep Button. This will save an image of what is on your screen in your Camera Roll)
- When in Satellite/Hybrid view, and zoomed into a city, place two fingers on the screen and push up to enter Flyover mode. You can navigate the city in 3D mode and look at historical buildings/shapes (geometry) around your city.
The Share button is one of the key buttons on an iPad. Not only does it allow you to share by email (the first option most people think of) but it allows you to share to other apps. This means that if you do/create something in one app, you can send that to another app to do something else with it, or send it to other apps that allow you to safely share information and curate content for your class.