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2011-08-17 iPad in Education Nativity School

Agenda (our agenda can be found at


Opening Activity (15)
Facetime/Skype (demo)

Introduction to the iPad 2 (10)

  Setting up your iPad (20)
  • Initial Connection to laptop
  • Connecting to a wireless access point
  • Accessories
Camera Connection Kit
(time permitting we will utilize this with a camera)
iPad Cover or Case Resources Mac|LifeiPad Case Store
  • Multitasking
  • Orientation
  • Volume
  • Navigating
    • Home button
    • Search
    • Pinching/Swipe
           Built-In Apps (15)

    Apps and the App Store (20) 
  • Searching
  • Installing (need your iTunes account username/password)
  • Organizing/Folders
  • Removing
  • Download the Google App


1. Makin' Movies (30)

Download VidEditorFree (Video)
3-2-1 Project, Shoot some video
Options include a brief tour of the campus or your classroom, brief instructional video, or an intro video to your class for your students to watch
Edit the video.
Posting options

Go Further: Export your project to your video library to upload it elsewhere (like YouTube).

Optional: Check out Animoto or SonicPicsLite for free, or Apple's iMovie for $4.99

2. eBooksAnnotate an eBook (30)
The End of Books? (Blog Post)
Create an account at or login.
Download the Kindle App for iPad.
Register your kindle (from inside the app).
Download Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson. 
Annotate Chapter 1: The Old Sea-Dog At The Admiral Benhow
View your annotations online at

Go Further: Search your annotations, and cut-and-paste them... or save and share them using another service, like Evernote.

Optional: Check out Apple's iBooks for free too. (Tap the iBook icon on your iPad)
try downloading the Bible + app

Next Steps: Finding and Publishing Content in ePub Format

Create, Collaborate, and Edit the Google Way (30)

Editing Google Docs on The Go (Blog Post & Video)
Create an account at or login.
Visit on the iPad.
Open a document and click edit. 
Your work is automatically saved in "the cloud." It is backed up and you can access it from any web browser.
Let's try collaborative editing with this sample google doc

Finished? Go further, Take a look at other ways to use Google Docs on the iPad:
  • Let's have an app talk and share our ideas here
  • Review the results
  • Time Permitting let's set up a google form we can access from our iPad (we can also discuss ways in which forms can be useful)

iTunes (10)

But wait, there's more! 

Additional Resources: 

Case Studies: 

Ken Shelton, Apple Distinguished Educator

Helpful Tips

How to add a bookmark?
In Safari, click on the "+" next to the address bar, you can add a shortcut to either the "desktop" (also known as the home screen) or as a bookmark to the Safari browser.  This can be handy to access websites you frequent often. 

How to save a picture into your Photo App?
When you're browsing around the Internet and find a picture you like, tap and hold the picture and you'll be prompted with a "Save Image" and "Copy" prompt.   By selecting the "Save Image", it will download the image to you iPad in the "Saved Pictures" album in the Photo App. 

Portrait vs. landscape mode!
Often times, certain features of some applications will have a different layout whether you're looking at it in portrait or landscape mode.   I've noticed, while in pages, that some features weren't present in landscape mode (which is easier for me to type on) that were available in the portrait mode.   Key point:  try both ways to see if it's something that is hiding from you! 

How to take a screenshot of the iPad screen!
Taking a screenshot of whats on your iPad can come in very handy when you need to share something with people who don't have access to see your screen.  By holding down the home button (the only button on the front of the iPad) and the power button (top of the iPad), the screen will flash and take a picture of whatever is on your screen.   The iPad will store this in the "Saved Photos" album in the Photos app!

How to delete multiple pictures from the Photo App!
It's a little deceiving to try and delete more than one photo at a time while browsing the Photo App.  What you want to do it is click on the arrow in the top right corner of the photo app (doesn't work in all folders, but it does for the general photos area and saved photos).   Then, click on one of the photos you want to delete and the delete button will be highlighted.  You can now drag around to select as many as you'd like to delete!

How to transfer Apps from one computer to another?
I sync my iPad with my home computer, but sometimes I'll be at work and find a cool app that might be available free for a limited time.  I typically download the app to my work computer, then in the apps window of the, I'll right click on the app and Show in Finder (or Show in Explorer).   I then take that .ipa file and store it on my dropbox to transfer that purchase to my home computer. 

How to limit students from accessing certain content on the iPad!
There are some obvious reasons why you might want to limit certain applications (perhaps iTunes) while your students use your iPad.   If you go to Settings - > General - > Restrictions -> Enable Restrictions...  you can dictate what apps can be accessed after you type in a passcode.  While that passcode is setup, those apps won't even display on the screen.   To disable this, simply navigate back to this page and enter the passcode!