The ipad and iphone is a great tool that allows students to maximize the learning resources they have access to. Students can surf the web and create anything from an essay to a movie on and ipad or iphone. Of course in order to use these you have to know how to use them. Below are some tips that make using an ipad or iphone as easy as possible.
- When switching between apps double tap the home button and swipe from left to right to see what apps are open. To go to one of these click on the app. If you would like to close one of these swipe up on the app.
- In order to restrict apps go to Settings > General > Restrictions > Enable Restrictions > enter a passcode to allow what apps can and cannot be used with out the passcode. When done make sure to return restrictions to off so the ipad can be used freely again.
- Hit the space bar twice to type a period and a space.
- Double tab the shift key to enable caps lock.
- Hold down keys to see special characters/ letters.
- In order to add international keyboards go to Settings > General > Keyboard > Keyboards > Add New Keyboard. In order to use the keyboard in the selected language look for the globe in the bottom left of the keyboard on the screen and tap on it to cycle through the different languages.
- Hold the .com key down to get other options like .us, .org, .edu and .net
- Find a word or phrase in safari by going to the search bar when on the page and typing the word or phrase and taping the word or phrase under “On This Page”.
There are many times in a class in which you may want to have students create a video. IMovie is a useful tool for this. It allows students to pull in videos, sound, and photos from the internet (as long as they have a way to download the video) along with videos taken on the iPad or computer. Videos can be cut and shortened to wanted lengths, and audio can be adjusted, deleted, or added. Finished videos can be exported by email or to youtube in order to share them. They can also be saved in the iMovie theater.
When working on a video, a student can drag around different pieces of a video to different places in the finished ‘movie.’ Clips taken on the iPad or downloaded can be cropped and shortened. Audio can be detached and removed, which can be very useful. For example, if you want to hear music instead of someone’s voice, you can take out the voice and add in the music. A student can also add text over a video, whether it is for a title or a label in the corner of the video. Video clips can also be sped up and slowed down as needed.
If students need to compile interviews, or make a reenactment to a project, iMovie is the perfect tool. Using iPads with iMovie, you could have a class project for students to make videos in small groups in order to reinforce taught topics.
Schoology is a popular tool that is gaining much popularity in school systems. Now that there is an app for Schoology available on the iPad and other mobile devices, there are even more advantages to using Schoology in the classroom.
Now that our schools are getting access to new equipment for the classroom like iPads, this is a great time to start getting teachers and students on Schoology. Just like the desktop version, the app has all of the same features except it is in mobile form. If you are unfamiliar with Schoology in general, check out this video.
As of September 18th, 2013, Apple Inc. has released their next version of iOS software for all of their mobile Apple devices (iPod, iPhone and iPad). The immensely popular brand has warranted a high demand for innovative, new and refreshing experiences every time their products are used which is multiple times every day. After analyzing Apple’s dilemma and reviewing their work in the recent iOS 7 update, let us see if this software will make or brake the populous’ demand for the esteemed iPhone.
The first experience one has upon updating is the new look. For every previous iOS version, the look has not changed and has bored myself and, I am confident to say, most consumers. This has been an obvious necessity and has revitalized the way people see their phones. A cool addition to the new look is also an optical effect regarding a three dimensional atmosphere between the background homepage and the app icons. But looks do not last long. After long, people will renew their boredom and search for something that will ease the dull, repetitious cycle of using the same features of their device daily.