Tips and Tricks To Get More From Your iPad

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I have been delivering a lot of training sessions lately related to the iPad and many of my participants seemed to really like having access to my Google Doc that I use in my sessions as a resource. Here is the first part of my Google Spreadsheet that I have been sharing out to workshop participants in my sessions on tips and tricks in using the iPads iOS 4.3.3 or higher. There are also sheets on iPad Resources, Digital Storytelling Resources and Apps, Apps for any Subject, Apps by Subject Area. If you want to access the actual Google Doc Workbook with each of these different sheets, you can find it here http://tinyurl.com/4ymkv5g.


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Lowton’s List of Tips and Tricks for the iPad
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tip or trick Directions Lvl topic
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taking screenshots on the iPad (click both power and home buttons) L II tool
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grab quotes without switching keyboard screens hold the question mark for 2 seconds and the quotations appear keyboard
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grab apostrophe without switching keyboard screens hold the exclamation mark for 2 seconds and the quotations appear keyboard
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extra characters for some keys on the keyboard, you can hold down and more options will appear such as letters with accent marks keyboard
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Quickly Insert a period double tap space bar or tap the space bar with two fingers keyboard
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Fast Way to Top of page tap the status bar where the clock or current time is and it will auto scroll to the top web browsing
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multi-task to switch between programs you’re working in, double tap home button to choose a different running program L II tool
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iPod controls when you need them when playing a song, you can double tap the Home button and swipe right to get the iPod controls tool
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Each folder can hold up to 20 apps Hold down any app icon on any screen until they quiver and shake. Slide one app onto another and they end up in a folder that you are instantly asked to name. L I Tool
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You can lock the rotation at any time Double tap the Home button and sweep right to iPod controls and click the rotation button tool
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Force badly behaving apps to close press and hold the SLEEP/AWAKE button until the “slide to power off” appears. Then hold down the HOME button for six seconds. This will close the open app and return you to the home screen tool
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More than just .com hold down the .com button and the keyboard brings up other options such as .org, .net or .edu L II keyboard
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save an image in Safari Tap an hold an image on a site and a menu appears with the option to “save image” L I web browsing
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Create an App icon for a favorite site while on the website, click and hold the + button and choose “add to home screen” L I web browsing
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2-fingered scroll to scroll within a box on a site, use two fingers to move up and down within the box without sliding the entire website L I web browsing
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bookmarks bar if you like to have quick access to your favorite websites, go to settings and Safari and turn on”always show bookmarks bar”. Now each site is a quick click at the top of the browser web browsing
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punctuate quickly tap and hold the button and then drag a finger to the number or punctuation mark desired and when you let go, the keyboard returns to the letters again. keyboard
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choosing a send from in the unified box In the unified mailbox, if you want to choose which account to send from, click the “Mailboxes” button and choose the account you wish to reply from email
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options beyond the dot if typing in email in the Mail app, hold down the period and additional options appear L II email
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highlight what you want to forward or reply to If you want to reply to or forward a long email that has more in it than you wish to send, highlight the part that you want and when you hit reply/forward ipad pulls out just that selection email
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mobileMe and find your ipad If you create a MobileMe account, you can enable a feature to “Find My Ipad” which will not only locate it on a map but also allows you to lock it, wipe all data or send it a message and make it play a persistent sound for up to two minutes to help you locate it. L I security
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drop a pin when viewing maps, you can drop a pin to save a location by tapping the page curl at the bottom right and choosing “drop pin” this will save to the iPad’s memory in case you lose your internet connection and want to remember an unfamiliar place or where you parked your car maps
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clear cookies In Safari, data is stored as you surf called cookies, this can be handy to remember you next time you come to a website but you can clear this as well. Go to settings and Safari and choose “clear cookies”. You can also clear history here if you want Safari to forget websites you have visited
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Customize Home button Settings-general-Home Shortcuts
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Street view in maps Drop a red pin then click red and white icon
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Hexadecimal longer passwords Settings-passcode turn off simple password and also choose amount of time before it locks
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Bluetooth keyboard more keyboard commands You can pair the regular Apple Bluetooth keyboard and most others which also allows for more keyboard shortcuts and commands most computer users are accustomed to. LI Keyboard
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Change number of preview lines in email and add CC BC address lines Settings-email, contacts LI Email
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Turn of badges Settings-notifications-choose each app and decide what types of notifications if any you would like to receive for each LI Settings
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More on the dock With the newest iOS for iPads, you are not limited to the regular four icons on the dock, you can add2 more LI Tool
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More screens and apps In the new iOS you can now have 11 home screens and a total of 4460 apps LI Tip
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Zoom anywhere any screen Settings-general-accessibility-zoom. You tap with three fingers then slide up or down to zoom in or out Settings
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Make a custom web clip for your site or blog Choose a jpeg that’s 72x72pixels and then put the following code into your site’s HTML header. <link rel=”apple-touch-icon” href=”http://www.example.com/apple-touch-icon.png&#8221; /> Change the value of the href attribute to reflect the URL to your site‘s icon. Be sure to change
example.com to your own domain name.
L II Web
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Undo If editing, in some programs giving the iPad a quick shake will either bring up an undo option or automatically delete/undo what you just typed Tip
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Scrolling in a frame on a website To scroll within a frame instead of the entire page, use a two finger drag Tip
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turn off email (without deleting your account or settings!) Go to Settings app and Mail, click on the mail account that you wish to turn off when someone else is using your iPad/iPod (ex director@gmpdc.org GMAIL) and choose “Mail” and slide to off LI Email
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Voice over “on-demand” go to settings app and choose “Accessibility” and then choose “Triple Click Home” button. Set the action to Voice Over and now if there is a book or other reading selection a student or user would like read to them they can just triple-click the Home button and then click the item they want read. To turn off, triple-click the button again LII tool
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projector stops projecting the iPad unplug the SVGA cord (dongle) from the projector cord and iPad and then plug back in. Sometimes you also have to hit “source” or computer on the projector or its remote as well but that usually does it.

If you have more great tips or ideas that I should add and share out, please comment below. I love finding new resources and ideas to share!

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