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Opening: Why iPads in Education?
Introduction to the iPad 2
To begin you'll need an iTunes account for syncing your iPad to your device. Your iTunes account allows you to download apps, music, books and more for your iPad through the iTunes store. Many of the apps are free and very powerful. To create an account you'll need either a credit card, iTunes gift card or to purchase a free app.
Taking your iPad 2 Online
Getting you iPad 2 online is easy. You can check the Apple pages for support if you forget or run into issues.
Safari and Browsing the Internet
iTunes App Store and Searching
iBooks is Apple's bookstore available on the iPad. To begin, search iBooks in the App Store. Select to download iBooks. this will install the app. Now launch iBooks, in the upper left corner select "Store" and search for the iPad User Manual. This is a free manual to download that will assist you in using your iPad.
The iPad 2 introduced a camera for taking pictures, video and video conferencing. To get an idea of how the camera works, you'll need to grab an interesting photo from our location today, a photo of you (you'll need to determine how to "flip" the camera and use your front facing camera) and a short video of someone in the course discussing how they plan to utilize the iPad 2.
Activity: Creation in the Classroom
Activity: Google Docs and the iOS Device
To learn about using Google Docs on your iPad check out Google help.
Begin by launching Safari, navigating to docs.google.com and then login by using your Google account user name or create an account at that site.
If you've used Google Docs before you'll see your documents list, click on one to open it and then edit that document. If you're new to Google Docs then create a new document.
Your work is saved in "the cloud" as you work on it to your Google account. It is backed up and you can access it from any web browser using any computer, smart phone or tablet.
Collaborate with us by adding your favorite App to our list and a description of how you use it in education. You can select that link or use the QR code below.
Click on the downward chevron and select "use desktop version" to have access to sharing controls and the features you normally see on your computer version of Google Docs.
Activity: QR Codes
QR codes are Quick Response codes that quickly take you to your desired website. They are those crazy looking boxes you see everywhere.
To view a QR code:
Download the i-nigma app.
Open the i-nigma app.
It opens to the camera and will automatically snap a photo of the QR code.
The website will appear.
Download the Google App.
Open the Google App.
Use the camera icon next to search.
Click the camera icon and take a picture of the QR code.
The link will appear.
To create a QR code.
Copy the link for the website you'd like to create a QR code for.
On your computer go to: i-nigma.com
On the left side select "Create Barcode"
Paste in your url and give it a title if you like.
Your QR code will appear. Simply right-click to save it to your computer.
Print out your QR code and display it in your classroom. As people use a QR reader to view the image it will take them to your website.
Google also provides a QR code generator at goo.gl where you can quickly create a QR code and shortened url for the link as well.