Performing Arts

Lead Learner:  Mark Hammons

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t: @mhammons

Welcome Activity (10 minutes)

App Listing (for your review)

Demonstration on how I use the iPad as an instructional aid in my music classroom. iPad app presentation. (15 minutes)

Hands-on Activity 1  (15 minutes)
iBooks - This is the goto program for me when I'm helping kids with music, whether I'm on the field or in class.    Here are two sample files I'd like for you to open these in iBooks and organize them as you see fit on your bookshelf. 


Now, download Neu Annotate and make some corrections on your PDF. 

Hands-on Activity 2 (30 minutes)
Videolicious - This is a great app that let's you make movies for free.   You can import videos or pictures from your camera roll or film footage straight from the camera.   Create a short 1 minute video using this program.   What kind of videos can you create for your class?   What items can you capture to show your students? If you want, you can use iMovie ($4.99) for this feature as well. 

Want better video quality?  
Try the Camera Connection Kit from Apple and your favorite HD camera (iPhones work too!)

Hands-on Activity 3 (30 minutes)
One of the great things about the iPad is the ability to record audio on the fly.   Please download Caster FREE, a multi-track recorder for iOS devices.    Capture and edit some audio by share this with me via email.  If you'd like, you can also use Garageband ($4.99)

Want better audio quality?  
Try the Camera Connection Kit from Apple and your favorite USB Microphone.

Hands-on Activity 4  (30 minutes)
Let's brainstorm some ideas on how you can use Google Forms for your class.  Go to (save it to your home screen) and create a Google form on your iPad that you can use and/or share with others.  Attendance for rehearsals?   To do list for cast members?

Hands-on Activity 5 (20 minutes)
Dropbox - This Software as a service can be a great tool to access files that are on your computer directly from your iPad.  You'll need to download the DropBox app and create an account at This way you can share content across multiple computers and iOS devices. 

Hands-on Activity 6 (20 minutes)
Explore iTunesU content through iTunes on your iPad.  There is a plethora of great content out there by a lot of different providers including Government entities, Universities and more.   Explore some of the content that might help you in your teaching.   Here's some starting points for each of your subject areas. 

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Helpful Hints

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 passcod

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