14 Must-Know iPad Tips & Tricks Whether you’re new to the iPad or a longtime user, here are some great tips to help you get the most out of the device. A few of these are intended for using on the new iPad, but most of them will be relevant to all iPad models of all ages. Switch the Mute Button to Orientation Lock Tap on Settings > General > Use Side Switch to: Lock Orientation. The side switch defaults to mute, but with volume buttons right underneath it this makes no sense, and there’s nothing more annoying than an iPad screen that’s constantly rotating if you’re reading in bed. Double-Tap Home Button to Access Brightness The iPad screen is extraordinarily bright, this is wonderful for daytime use but give your eyes some rest in dimmer environments and at night time by manually adjusting the brightness, just double-tap the Home button and swipe right until you see the brightness indicator, and adjust manually as the lighting fits. Use the Split Keyboard Use Speech Dictation Remember the Multitasking Gestures Use iCloud
Old NYC payphones transformed into free Wi-Fi hotspots | Internet & Media Just when the whole world laughs at those dinosaurian payphones -- marveling at how antiquated we used to be -- New York City has put them to a new innovative use. The city announced today that it was starting a pilot program transforming those metal relics of yesteryear into free unlimited Wi-Fi kiosks. Initially, 10 locations in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens will get the service, and more hotspots will be added in coming months. Abandoned payphones have been a point of contention for many of the city's residents for a while now. According to GigaOm, the select payphones will provide Wi-Fi service from 300 feet away by using "military grade" antennas. Free Wi-Fi service seems to be fast-tracked in New York City.
Conference Pad This Google+ Hangout Changed My Views On Communication Forever Last week, I had the great honor to speak with three very awesome people in a Google+ Hangout: Christian Vogler, director of the Technology Access Program at Gallaudet, Andrew Phillips, policy counsel at the NAD and Willie King, the director of product management at ZVRS. These three folks have one thing in common – they are deaf. I can’t understand sign language, and I speak way too fast for anyone to be able to read my lips. Without this technology, I would have never gotten to talk to Christian, Andrew and Willie. That’s right, I was the minority. The app that you see above allowed me to speak freely, while Laura typed my words in at an astonishing 200 words per minute. Christian Vogler told me right away that “for deaf and hard of hearing people, video conferences are a nightmare.” When reading a conversation that is happening over a phone, Andrew Phillips told me that “Context is a big problem. A lot of people benefit from accessibility, not just just deaf and hard of hearing.
50 really useful iPad 2 tips and tricks An absolute gem of an article by John Brandon and Graham Barlow from MacLife on 30th March over at TechRadar. This is going to become my iPad manual from here on in. Customised iPads for all iPad 2 tips and original iPad tips - get 'em here! iPad 2 review It's also fully capable of running the latest version of Apple's iOS operating system and great apps like iMovie and GarageBand. 1. iOS now supports folders. 2. Double-clicking the Home button shows you all the apps that are running on your iPad in a bar along the bottom of the screen. 3. The internet got mightily upset when Orientation Lock was replaced with Mute on the iPad during the last iOS update. 4. If you're carrying around sensitive data, you can now enable a feature that'll erase all the data on the device if someone inputs the incorrect passcode 10 times. 5. First, turn on Home Sharing in iTunes (Advanced menu) and on your iPad (Settings > iPod and enter your Apple ID). 6. Have you ever played Tap Tap Revenge on the iPhone?
Easily Create Your School's Mobile App This increased home Internet access by way of mobile phones should encourage us to solicit data from our own school families on how they are choosing to communicate via mobile phone for personal day-to-day tasks and relationship building. Soliciting feedback from families Create a brief two-minute home-technology survey that allows parents to provide information about what device(s) they use for what purpose. School-family engagement teams can then take this information and embed communication opportunities based on where parents are most comfortable. Exercise hard-copy and electronic survey options. Choosing the right app-maker Any customizable app is going to cost the school and/or home and school association money to build and host. Like everything else in education, there are no one-size-fits-all approaches that you can hang your hat on. Knapp’s family engagement app @KnappElementary’s app can be downloaded FREE here (Apple / Android). I’ve built an app, now what? Moving forward
iFiles: Managing, creating and sharing files on an iPad Posted by sevhandenise on Wednesday, November 21st 2012 Two of the biggest challenges teachers face in using iPads is the management of multiple accounts and sharing files with other teachers and students. These challenges stem from the fact that iPad has no built in file structure or file browser like a desktop computer or laptop. iFiles is an App that presents solutions to these two challenges. It is described by Apple Store as ‘a file manager, document viewer, text editor, voice recorder, wifi drive, and many more for iPad, iPhone and iTouch’. iFiles not only allows users to manage multiple accounts under one umbrella and browse for files that are located in different accounts, but also create content within the App on the iPad. iFiles enables teachers to: Manage multiple accounts, including WebDav connections to college portal and shared drives, BB mobile, eBackpack, Googledocs, SugarSync and many more. Manage shared and private folders. Set a pass code for private files and folders.
How to Get Started With Infographics Media and publishing professionals know that infographics are hugely popular, and are more likely to be shared via social media than a standard blog post or article. By combining images with data, infographics get much more mileage than text or graphics alone. You can use them for news, presentations, or press releases on your company blog or website to attract publicity and show off your expertise. Companies without a graphic designer on board or on budget couldn't easily take advantage of infographics in the past. However, thanks to online chart and map creation tools, any business can now turn an interesting concept into an engaging infographic. Here's how to get started, along with tools that can step you through the process. Choose Your Graphics and Data Wisely Every business holds expertise in something, and that specialized knowledge can make for an interesting piece. Data from Google Looking for ideas about the types of data you want to detail in an infographic? Templates and Icons
How to choose the right iOS app for your note taking needs There are many different ways you can capture a thought or idea when using your iPhone or iPad. Some apps like Day One behave more like a journal, keeping things in order by date. Other apps like Appigo’s Todo allow you to track your daily tasks by checking items off a list. There are even apps that can help you organize your thoughts like MindNode. There are so many options available that finding a simple note taking app to suits your needs can be a challenge. Popular choices Notes – The default notes app that comes standard issue on both iOS and OS X, the Notes app, relies on support from your email provider. OneNote – Microsoft’s OneNote is a standalone feature app rather than an email account add-on. Evernote – Believe it or not, there is still a basic note app associated with the name Evernote that is available on just about every platform imaginable, including a watch! Keeping it simple Handwritten scripts Recording audio and web clippings
Rethinking Higher Education Technology Stephen Laster is Chief Information Officer, Harvard Business School. He is Editor of the EDUCAUSE Review Viewpoints department for 2012. These are interesting times for higher education and its supporting technologists. Never before has higher education been more expensive, and never before has technology been so well positioned to profoundly impact the future of teaching, learning, and organizational sustainability. The question for the EDUCAUSE community is, what are we prepared to do to help shape the course of change in education? Setting the stage for rapid innovation and disruption in current operating models are the duel forces of increasing costs and growing enrollments. During this same time period, we have seen a migration from the "big box," one-size-fits-all LMS to the rise of learning ecosystems. Today, I ask those of us who are technology leaders to step back and focus our discourse and energy on how we can use technology to improve education. Notes 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
Mind Mapping On The iPad: Here Are Your Options Whether you’re studying or brainstorming: making mind maps can be an essential skill. Paper works fine in a pinch, but technology makes the whole process ten times easier. Your iPad, in particular, is the ideal study companion and works wonders for creating mind maps. There are some incredible third party tools that make it especially fast and easy to create a wide variety of mind maps and other diagrams with your tablet. Three Great Study Aids for iPad Users You Didn't Know About Three Great Study Aids for iPad Users You Didn't Know About Read More We’ve come up with a list of the best for your benefit. Popplet ($4.99) Starting off, Popplet is the simplest and one of the cheaper mind mapping tool of the bunch. You start off by creating a single popple, or node, on your screen. Once you’re done with a popplet, you can export it to PNG or PDF, store it locally on your iPad, or store it online (linked to your Popplet account). iThoughtsHD ($9.99) MindNode ($9.99)