iPad Meeting Recap

 

As you may know, October 12th was the first of our four iPad meetings for the fall 2011 semester.  During the meeting Chris Levy of ITS, discussed what every iPad user should know, he also shared special tips for new and old iPad users.  Here is a link that covers the important topics discussed at our first meeting, including some information we didn’t have time to cover.click here
Please be sure to join us at our next iPad meeting.

Accessibility on Your iPad

Let me start off by saying VoiceOver is not an application, it is a feature that comes already installed on the iPad.  It is also the world’s first gesture-based screen reader for the blind.  Instead of memorizing keyboard commands or pressing tiny arrow keys, you can simply touch the screen to hear a description of the item under your finger, then double-tap, drag, or flick to control your iPad. VoiceOver speaks over 30 languages and works with all of the applications built into iPad, as well as many of the iPad apps already in existence.  To enable this setting all you have to do is go to your settings and in the general tab click on the accessibility button, then switch the VoiceOver feature on.

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February iPad Group Meeting

Below you will find some of the highlights from our February iPad meeting. We were so pleased to have Professor Elizabeth Berro and Professor Barry Morris as faculty presenters. They shared the many exciting ways in which they have used the iPad to enhance their courses. Chris Levy of ITS, presented the topic of Dropbox–iWorks integration.

Professor Berro’s experiences:

Professor Berro applied for a grant which allowed 20 of her students to receive iPads. The iPads are used to support interactive learning in the classroom.
Some of Professor Berro’s goals include :

  • entirely eliminating PowerPoint presentations
  • minimizing lecture time
  • enhancing group activities

iPad Application in NUR 422:

Apps Used:

  • Epocrates: reference for drug interactions
    • In-class application: research various drug interactions
  • Board Game Tools: timer, scorecard, dice
    • In-class application: used for in-class quizzes and exercises

Professor Berro collaborated with textbook editors to make the course textbooks available in ebook format.

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VPN: Connecting to the Pace Network from Home

In order to access your work computer from outside the Pace University network, you’ll need a remote desktop app like Wyss PocketCloud, or RDP Lite. But the first thing you need to do is use VPN to connect to the Pace network.

To enable VPN on your iPad:

Step 1: Install the “Cisco AnyConnect” app, and open it

Step 2: Add a VPN connection
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Setting Up Your Pace Email on Your iPad

To set up your Pace email account on your iPad, follow these instructions:

  1. Press the “Home” button to arrive at the iPad’s home screen.
  2. Tap the “Settings” app icon to enter iPad settings.
  3. Tap the “Mail, Contacts, Calendars” button to enter the “Mail” settings.
  4. Tap “Add Account” to add a new mail account to the iPad.
  5. Tap “Microsoft Exchange” to set up a new Exchange account.
  6. Enter in the following information for each of the fields:
  7. E-mail address your_Pace_username@pace.edu
    Domain PACE
    Username your_Pace_username
    Password your_Pace_password
    Description give this email account a name
  8. Press Next.
  9. You might get one or more messages:
    • If you receive the message, “Cannot Verify Server Identity,” press Continue.
    • If you receive the message, “Unable to Verify Certificate,” press Accept.
  10. You will see the previous screen appear with a new field labeled Server below Email.
    • Students: Enter m.google.com into the Server field.
    • Faculty/Staff: Enter email.pace.edu into the Server field.
  11. Press Next.
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Volume Apps Purchasing Now Available!

There are several apps now available at a discount through the Volume Purchase Program. ITS currently offers:
Numbers
Pages
Keynote
Wyse PocketCloud
GoodReader

If there are other apps that you would like, you can search to see if it is currently part of the volume purchasing plan through Apple by going to http://volume.itunes.apple.com/us/store and searching for your preferred app.

If it is available through Apple, please then contact the ITS Helpdesk for further assistance in obtaining the app.

iPad Users Unite!

The first iPad users group meeting was help December 6th on the NYC campus and December 7th in Pleasantville, were you in attendance? If you missed the meeting or you were unable to retain the wealth of information dispensed at the meeting, please read the meeting highlights in the recap below.

Useful Applications

  • iWork is an collection of apps that consists of Pages(Word equivalent), Keynote(PowerPoint equivalent), and Numbers(Excel equivalent).
  • iTunes U provides access to free downloadable educational material
  • The Elements (Periodic Table-3D) is a useful application for the Health Science department
  • Shakespeare Pro application is a compilation of works by William Shakespeare
  • Dropbox is an online file storage
  • Conference Pad requires multiple iPads and is useful for synchronized presentation viewing.

Useful information regarding the iPad

  • It is recommended that to successfully and quickly charge your iPad do NOT charge your iPad through your computer using a USB cable, instead charge your iPad using the adapter provided.
  • If you have downloaded the latest operating system for the iPad, the rotation lock button does NOT perform the function of locking your screen in place. The rotation lock button has been transformed into the mute button.
  • If you have not already done so,  please remember to update your iPad operating system to iOS 4.2. The new features include multitasking, folder organization, Air Print, and Air Play. We will discuss these features in a future blog post.
  • It was recommended that all iPad users put a security code on their iPads (Please refer to our previous blog post for instructions,)
  • In order to connect your iPad to a projector you need to personally purchase a VGA cable or contact the technology department to submit a request to use a VGA connector. Please remember only certain apps are compatible with this feature, so projection may not be available with your selected app.
  • Wyss Pocket Cloud is VGA compatible and is useful for VPN remote connection access.
  • Pace has a volume purchasing program which enables iPad users to purchase iPad apps at a price that has been significantly reduced. Currently, Pace has a few apps available at discounted prices. Our strength lies in numbers, so when you find an exciting app feel free to find others willing to purchase the app. If volume purchasing is available for your specific app, and we hit the magic number of buyers (this may vary from app to app), the University can add that app to the volume purchasing program.

There will be other iPad user group meetings in the future, so when the details of the Spring semester meeting have been made available we will post that information on this blog.

Once again feel free to contact your nearest IMO team or ITS with any questions you may have regarding your iPad.

Getting started using your iPad

Getting Started

Hello all, this is the start of a weekly blog to get you all adjusted to using your iPads.  Each week there will be a post on different apps as well as tips and answers to all of your iPad questions.  This week we will provide you with the information you need to begin using your iPad. First, you must download iTunes on your computer in order to properly use your iPad.  If you need to download iTunes, please click here.  After you download iTunes you can plug your iPad into your computer, follow the on-screen instructions until iTunes displays the setup dialog. When you are asked to do so, you can create an iTunes account and register your iPad.  After you have created your account you can check the different on-screen boxes to sync songs, videos, apps or photos to your iPad, then simply click “done” and you’re ready to go.  Congratulations you are now ready to use your iPad in all its glory. Continue reading