iPad Tips & Tricks

Now that you’ve grown accustomed to using your iPad, we would like to introduce you to a few tips and shortcuts that may enhance your iPad experience.

  1. Quick mute- Press and hold the down volume button to quickly silence the device.
  2. To highlight larger sections of text, tap any editable text four times to highlight an entire paragraph.
  3. To perform a soft reset just press the power and home button for a few seconds and the iPad will restart. To locate these buttons please refer to this post.
  4. To watch a video in slow motion simply pause the video then hold your finger on the forward or back button.
  5. To rearrange icons simply tap and hold the icon and move it around to a different location on your screen. Once you have moved the icon to the desired location, remove your finger and hit the home button.
  6. If you have scrolled down a lengthy page and you now wish to scroll back to the top of the page,    tap the title bar at the top of the screen.
  7. For security purposes if you would like to lock your iPad go to settings, then select “general” located on the left side of the screen. Next, select “passcode lock” in the right column and press the button with the text “turn passcode on”. A prompt will appear asking you to enter a four digit numerical pin. For more advanced security feature, you can choose the “erase data feature” as well. However, if you choose this option, all data will be erased off of the iPad if the pin is typed incorrectly 1o times consecutively.
  8. Spacebar trick- the iPad spacebar will create spaces based on the number of fingers touching the spacebar. For example, if three fingers are placed on the spacebar you will receive three spaces.

Have you learned any special tips while using your iPad?

December iPad User Meeting Dates

As promised, we will be holding two user meetings this December, one on each campus. We will be joined by members of ITS and Ed. Media, as well as an Apple rep, who will be able to give everyone great information on continuing to use their iPad in the classroom. Also, please feel free to bring along your iPad and share with the group what you have been doing so far!

The dates and times are as follows:

NYC: December 6th 10:00 – 12:00 in Student Union, Meeting Room A.

PLV: December 7th 3:00 – 4:30 in Wilcox, Room 21.

App of the week: Flash Card Deluxe

The Flash Card Deluxe iPad application is a great way to study and quiz students using electronic flash cards.

Features include:

  • 3 sided cards
  • Slide show
  • Division of cards into categories
  • Three response levels of: “Wrong”, “I don’t know, and “I know really well”

It also includes built-in dictionary features that allow you to find cards easily and look up terms as you study. Two smart study modes are also a part of this application, which will automatically focus on the cards that you have missed. This application is easy to follow and has an introduction/tutorial that explains all of its features. Flash cards or “decks” can be customized and transferred through this link . This application can be used on iPhones and iPods as well. Faculty members can also connect their iPad to classroom projectors using a VGA adapter, allowing you to share the flash cards you created with students. This feature could also help with making the class interactive during review sessions.

Flash Card Deluxe may be useful to many students from a variety of academic disciplines. The price for this  application is $3.99.

How many ways can you use the flash card app in your classroom?

User Group Meetings in December

I’m so glad to read and hear about all of the exciting things Dyson faculty and students are doing with the iPads just in the past month. We’re planning to hold some user group meetings in early December on both campuses so we can share more ideas in person.  As soon as we have the dates set – and hopefully someone from Apple to join us – we will get the word out. In the meantime, please keep sharing your ideas, strategies and questions here.

Book and Magazine Publishing and the iPad

Well, I have had my  iPad for a little over three weeks now and I have to say, I love it!  At this point I am just trying to figure out how to use all of its features, buy apps that will work for my students and classes and letting my kids use it to read and play games-which, might be the biggest learning experience of all so far.  They just naturally get it!

My plan is to use the iPad to guide my students next semester as they intern and write their thesis papers.  My students work in both the book and magazine publishing industries and obviously, the iPad is having a huge impact on both industries.   I am hoping to get a few more iPads for students and faculty mentors to truly assist them in the classroom for next semester but at the moment, I am trying to get a real sense of what publishers are doing with this new technology and to develop my classes  with a strong iPad component/focus next semester.

The first books I downloaded were from rather large list of free books-Some of them were pretty great to have-like the iPad user guides and a copy of Henry Ketcham’s The Life of Abraham Lincoln.  There were a couple of free children’s books, like Bella the Dragon and Winnie-the Pooh and while my 8 year old loved making the pages turn, they really were just books on computer.  Then, I downloaded the Alice for the iPad app.  We all loved it and while I think books for children could be even more interactive, one can see the future when looking at this app.  What fun to make Alice grow larger and larger with a swipe of your hand!

Since this is my first “ereader” I was kind of excited and anxious about buying and ebook-I really wanted to get Keith Richard’s autobiography, LIFE, the kind of book I love to keep on my bookshelf.  Well, the price was right-$12.99-and I bought the electronic version.  The reading experience has been great.  I forget it is not on paper and I love being able to swipe through the photo inserts-and, my house won’t be bursting at the seams with books that I don’t really have a place for.  By the way, it is a pretty interesting read!

I still have more to do in terms of investigating what book publishers are doing but clearly; ebooks are here to stay-especially if electronic reading devices become more accessible to the masses (and not just the affluent or techies).

Regarding magazines—I was really excited about buying magazines on the iPad-to me is seems like the perfect medium and really a way to bring stories to life with layed content and vibrant photos and videos.  The first magazine I downloaded was Chris Anderson’s WIRED Magazine.  Since Conde Nast and Mr. Anderson in particular, are on the forefront of technology and one of the first to make their magazine truly “wired” I had great expectations.  While I found the content compelling, it really was just a magazine in an electronic format.  The next one I downloaded was the New Yorker-same thing.

Then, I downloaded the new edition of Martha Stewart Living Digital Issue-amazing.  This is what the iPad was meant for!  It is truly amazing and fully utilizes all of the technology available in the iPad-the cover is interactive (great to see a peony blossom), there are videos of Martha in her garden, 180 degree views of her garden, layers to the stories, a well organized toc, and a great interview with Martha about done by John Maeda, the President of the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD).  It is a really interesting interview and gives some insight into what the future holds in terms of magazines.  I am also going to buy Oprah next to see what they did with their magazine.  I would be very happy to get only the electronic versions of both of these-to archive on my iPad instead of sadly sending them to be recycled.

My thinking after looking at what Martha did in relation to my students and classes is two-fold-1) I really want to reach out them and a Professor and as the Director of Corporate Outreach to get our students involved with the work they are doing on a deeper level.  We do have one graduate over there already so, that is an in but I have feeling that they would be interested in having our student work with them specifically on the iPad versions of their magazines.  2) The interview done by Mr. Maeda really made me think about our curriculum and what we need to be offering in terms of Magazine Production and Design.  While we are not a RISD, we do have the facilities and resources to “beef up” that aspect of our program by developing new courses that are specifically related to iPod apps.  Lots to think about

On another note, the same day I downloaded Martha, an interesting article was published in AdAge that stated that “Magazine apps aren’t big among consumers’ interests on the iPad”  The link to the article is below.


Other findings from the study showed the following:

People in the market for an  iPad aren’t all consumer technophiles: 45% own four or more other devices such as a DVR, an HDTV, a Smartphone or an MP3 player, but another 40% own just two or three and 15% own one or none. “It starts to indicate to us what the potential market is for these devices,” Mr. Shiffman said.

People expect to get new experiences from the iPad. “There’s an expectation that experiences will be different even with familiar media products and brands,” said Kelly Andrews, senior VP-research at MediaVest.

But consumers will tolerate misfires from marketers and media companies better than usual. They want to experiment with these companies, Mr. Shiffman said.

Advertising needs to appear in the proper context on an iPad, even more so than in print. When people can be so selective about the types of content they consume, the importance of fitting advertising with the context ramps up, according to Mr. Shiffman.

The audience with the most interest in the iPad skews a little bit male and toward 18- to 34-year-olds, but not overwhelmingly so, and tends to live in the largest cities.

So, that is where I am at right now.  I am going to turn my attention to features of the iPad that will help me teach and organize my classes next.  I love the Apps of the week featured in the blog and hearing about what everyone else is learning/doing with their iPads.

iPad in Studio Art class

Yesterday I downloaded several contemporary artist’s portraits from a Google search. I clicked on ‘save image’, they so easily saved into Photos. I was able to show these images to my students during class, scrolling back and forth and expanding the images for details. After the group discussion a student went back to look at one of the images on his own, referring back to an image that I showed from earlier in the semester. It is now so easy to show reproductions of art work in the classroom. I continue though to have a lot of problems with the logging onto the Pace system.

App of the Week: Dragon Naturally Speaking

We are starting an App of the Week series and the first app we will be covering is Dragon Naturally Speaking.  Dragon is a very useful dictation app.  This app is simple to use and it can be useful to faculty and students in a wide range of disciplines. You can find this free app in the iPad store. Once you have downloaded the app and it appears on your desktop, you are ready to use Dragon. Continue reading

From Big Papi to Hannah Storm: Using the iPad in a Sports Media Course

I was very excited to use the iPad with my students for the first time in my Sports Media course. Last week I sent the iPad around to each of my 20 students.  I worked with a few of them on navigation, but most students were able to use the iPad with no direction, commenting that “it’s just a giant iPhone!” Continue reading

children’s books for iPad

Children’s book publishers have been slow in the move to e-books, as a search of the iBookstore shows. There are a lot more young adult novels available, but even those are limited.

Scholastic is scheduled to release over 2000 titles in e-book formats this winter and many other publishers are spending the $ it takes to convert some of their backlist and frontlist titles for use on e-readers. 

But I doubt very much if print will become obsolete – for children or adults –  at least not in my lifetime.