A lot of professors are integrating the iPad into the classroom and have had multiple questions regarding the iPad. With the new iOS 7 there are some good tips and tricks to help you navigate the software. For that reason, I have put together a list of of the top 6 things every iPad professor should know, so that you have the knowledge and confidence you need to shine in front of your students.
1. How to multitask and kill apps that “misbehave”
- In iOS 7, multitasking is easier and more powerful than ever. To start, simply double tap the home button or place four fingers on the screen and push up. This will reveal Apple’s new, slick multitasking menu, To switch to a new app, simply scroll sideways until you see the one you want. Then tap on the app to go straight to it.
- You can also close apps from the multitasking menu. To kill an app that is misbehaving, scroll sideways through the apps until you find the misbehaving app and swipe upwards with one finger. If you are feeling dextrous, try swiping two or even three apps at once!
2. How to take screenshots
- Screenshots are incredibly useful for educators wishing to share their iPad screens. You can take a screenshot of anything that is on your iPad, such as a website, app, existing photo, ect. Taking a screenshot, a still image of the screen, is quite easy. iOS devices only have two physical buttons, the home and the power buttons. Press and hold both buttons at the same time and you will see your device “blink” and if the iPad is not on silent mode, you will hear a camera clicking sound. Your new photo will now be placed in your Camera Roll, where you can send or share it in multiple ways to your students or colleagues.
3. How to enable speak selection
- Did you know your iPad can read text aloud for you? This can be a great tool! To turn on Speak Selection, go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Speak Selection and flips the switch to turn it green. Next, adjust the speaking rate to your preferred speed and choose whether you want the iPad to highlight words while is reads them, which is usually the best choice for professors.
- To make the iPad read text aloud, you have to select the text you want it to read. This could be in Safari, Notes, iBooks, or a number of other apps. Select the text by pressing and holding on the first word you want read. Once you see the magnifying glass, let go. Pull the blue bars on either side of the word to select the amount of text you want read, then tap Speak in the black pop-up menu about your selected text.
4. How to set up automatic downloads for app updates
- An important new feature that will impress most users is automatic downloads. With this setting on, updates for apps will automatically download themselves. You will always have the latest updates for all your apps. To turn on automatic downloads, go to Settings > iTunes & App Store then find Updates in Automatic Downloads. Toggle it to ON, where the green will show.
5. How to use Airdrop
- AirDrop is a new file transfer system within iOS 7. It is a seamless and very quick way to transfer files via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connection between “nearby” devices. However, it only works with the iPad Mini, fourth generation iPads, an iPhone 5 or later, for fifth generation iPod touch.
- To send a file via AirDrop, both devices must have iOS7 and have both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth turned on. If the sender info is not within the recipient’s contact list, “Everyone” has to be selected. This just requires a simple tap from the new Control Center. As soon as a file is successfully shared, it will open and also be imported into the recipient’s Camera Roll. Make sure both sender and recipient have AirDrop turned on. Students can then find the professors iPad and choose anything within the Camera Roll to send to him/her.
- Sharing via AirDrop is also available in Safari, iTunes, and the App Store. Airdrop has become a much better way to transfer iOS files from one device to another and takes away the need to email the files or upload to a cloud-based solution like Dropbox.
6. How to search your iPad
- In OS 7, searching your iPad has never been easier. So, the next time you lose an app, simple swipe downwards with one finger on any of the home screens on your iPad. This will reveal a search bar at the top of your screen. Type in the name of the app you are looking for and tap Search on the keyboard.
- You can also look for more than just apps. Go to Settings > General > Spotlight Search and put check marks next to the items you want to appear in the search. You can search Mail, Notes, Reminders, and more.
Post by Kaitlyn Reish, Training Specialist at HPU.
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