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The Best Resources For Beginning iPad Users

The Best Resources For Beginning iPad Users
Though I haven’t gotten an iPad yet (NOTE: Now I have!), we did get one for my mother-in-law. So, with an eye towards helping her now, and me in the future, I put out a call to readers to their suggested resources as well as hunting for them on my own. You might also be interested in The Best Sites For Beginning iPhone Users Like Me. Here are my choices, and choices suggested by readers (their recommendations are better than mine!), as The Best Resources For Beginning iPad Users: iPad Getting Started is from TC Geeks. The 10 best iOS apps of 2011 comes from The Telegraph. The best iOS apps for children, 2011 is also from The Telegraph. The top 50 iPad apps is from The Guardian. Choosing the Right Keyboard For Your iPad is from Read Write Web. The Best iPad Apps: 10 Essential Apps For The New iPad You Got For The Holidays is from The Huffington Post. Educreations lets you easily create video lessons. iPads In The Art Room APPiticdescribes itself as: Here are great suggestions from readers: Related:  I Pad

iPad Apps How do I get Apps to this device? Or If you are new to the mobile world, what is an App? App or an application is a program that can be installed on to the device. The app will have an icon associated with it. An app can be purchased through iTunes App Store on your computer or through the App Store app on the iPad (If you need to download iTunes, click here). Notes on Selecting Apps: When selecting an app, there is not one app that is perfect for everyone. ChemCrafter 50 really useful iPad tips and tricks With great new features like two video cameras, a faster processor and a Retina display, the new iPad is the world's best tablet device. It's also fully capable of running the latest version of Apple's iOS operating system and great apps like iMovie and GarageBand. Here we present 50 really useful iPad tips. We cover everything from customising your Home screen through to getting more from built-in apps like Mail and Safari. 10 best tablet PCs in the world today The vast majority of these tips will also work on the original iPad and iPad 2, so owners of any generation of iPad shouldn't feel neglected. For 50 more iPad tips, check out a new iPad app called 100 Tricks & Tips for iPad 2, brought to you by our colleagues on MacFormat. 1. iOS now supports folders. Your iPad will create a folder with both the apps in. 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. 4. 5. 6. 7. The iPad supports a VPN connection.

A Comprehensive Guide for Effective Use of iPad in Teaching iPad, this mystic gadget that has been making the news since its launch a few years ago, has now secured a strong foothold inside different educational settings. Its sharp design, practical portability, and the sublime sense of mobile gadgetry it bestows upon its users and, above all, its widespread among learners , all of these factors combined made this tablet an indispensable tool in the learning toolkit of students. With this huge presence inside our schools, several school districts have finally adopted it as a teaching and learning tool to be used inside the classroom. App developers, on their part, have also noticed this increasing potential of iPad in education and therefore started creating and developing apps targeting the educational audience. From apps for toddlers to advanced research apps, the app store now is teeming with all kinds of educational apps. In this context, several teachers are planning to incorporate iPad for the first time in their classroom instruction.

Offline Reader Apps : iPad/iPhone Apps AppGuide Overview Lack of an internet connection is something we all have to deal with from time to time... whether we are on an airplane, on the subway, or have a weak signal. But fret not, there are many solutions, (i.e. apps), that can help you read articles even offline. Whether you’re looking for an app to simply read pages offline or you are looking for simply a more efficient way to read on your iDevice, these apps will help and have you reading more on your iDevice. Essential Apps $4.99 Printful by Alberto Garcia Hierro Printful integrates many useful features into a swiss army knife of a reader. Notable Apps $3.99 Instapaper by Instapaper Holdings, Inc. Decent Apps $2.99 Textmode by ViewTextmode Text Mode offers a unique approach to browsing the web: you can either choose to view pages in text mode or image mode. Other Apps

The Best Free iPad and iPhone Kids' Apps According to Apple | Groovin' On Apps EmailShare 18EmailShare There’s a difference between popular kids’ apps and games that grab the world’s fancy momentarily, and the best kids’ apps and games that become all-time favorites, classics and “must-haves.” So which type of kids’ apps do you seek? Either way, Apple’s got you covered. With some overlap, the App Store lists them separately. Ultimately, Apps for Kids and Games for Kids give you the best kids’ apps and games according to Apple. You might also like our related post, Apple’s Top Apps and Games for Kids That You Can Try for Free. You can get nearly one-fifth of Apple’s top recommended kids’ apps and games for free Cool beans, right? But first, a few words about how to use the table below. Now, have at ‘em. Top Recommended Free Kids Apps and Games on the App Store

Back Issues Say No to Retention Retention Does Not Work From a parent: Except of an article by Jayne Matthews Published in the Baltimore Times It did not seem possible, but my son's second year of first grade was even less successful than his first. His kindergarten and first grade teachers had given me many reasons for his inability to read: he was not paying attention in class, he chose to guess at words instead of taking the time to sound out the letters, and he was a "slow" learner with a poor memory. These explanations were puzzling to me. I totally disagreed with the idea that his guessing at words was a choice. To read the entire article, go to: From the professionals: Grade retention does NOT improve academic performance. As Senator Paul Wellstone stated: "The bad effects of retention have been clearly established. The American Federation of Teachers says: "Social promotion and grade retention are mechanical responses to an educational problem. The U.S. 1. 2. 3.

iPads in Guided Reading Before a class set of iPads I was differentiating my literacy centers for guided reading. Here were some of literacy centers and how I differentiated them: 1. Word Study--At the beginning of the year, it is beginning sounds. As the year progresses it is ending sounds, short vowel sounds, blends, digraphs, long vowels, irregular verbs. The three students that come to this center listen to their individual tape player and complete their work. These tapes are direct feedback and have the students complete the work and then they check it at the end of the tape. 2. I made copies of the CD's or tapes so I would not use my originals in tape decks (so little hands would not ruin the tape by pushing record). Now, I use iPads during guided reading. Here are some of the apps I use. I am working on incorporating Raz-kids where the students will also be assigned leveled books based on their guided reading.

ScreenChomp Use your iPad as a Whiteboard ScreenChomp is a great mobile app for iPad. It provides it users with a white screen where they can draw or do whatever they want. The app is very handy and smartly done and students and teachers can benefit a lot from it. There are a number of markers that you can use to make your drawings , and whatever you do on it is automatically recorded so that you will be able to see and share it with the world if you want. Besides the Whitebaord, ScreenChomp also allows you to use the pictures you have taken or downloaded with your iPad . You can customize them the way you want by adding, tweaking , writing or pointing arrows to illustrate whatever you are about to explain. It is freeIt has a user friendly interfaceIt is easy and simple to useIt lets you sketch out your ideas using markers on a white boardIt lets you upload your videos and share them with your friends using a unique linkIt is compatible with iPad and requires iOS42 or later

How To Safely Clean Your Tablet Or Smartphone's Touchscreen Cleaning a smartphone touchscreen is simple. You don’t need a special cleaning kit or cleaning solution to safely clean your tablet or smartphone’s touchscreen – you can do it with materials you probably have on hand. However, you do need to know what to avoid – many common types of cloths and cleaning solutions can damage a touchscreen. Once you understand what to do and what not to do, you can safely clean a smartphone or tablet’s touchscreen in just a few seconds, removing the build-up of oil, dust, and other grime that can accumulate on these devices as we rub our fingers over them all day. What Not To Do Before we go over a quick and easy method to safely clean your device’s touchscreen, let’s cover some things you should never do to clean a smartphone touchscreen: NEVER use harsh chemicals, including Windex, anything with ammonia, or alcohol-based cleaners. This process will be different if you have a screen protector on your screen. Get a Microfiber Cloth Why a microfiber cloth?

Distractions Begone! Facebook as a Study Tool Digital Tools Teaching Strategies Protecting student safety has been the rationale behind the recent spate of laws restricting teachers’ and students’ communication via social networking. The laws call into into question once again the educational value of these sorts of online social tools: Why do teachers need to talk to students on Facebook? There are many arguments for using social media in education. Instead of the typical Facebook prompt, “What’s on your mind?” The question is: how to leverage Facebook for learning purposes? Like other Facebook apps, keeps you inside Facebook but moves you away from your wall and news feed. These sessions can use group video-conferencing, which Facebook itself doesn’t yet offer, as well as the “smart chat” function. also saves and archives the study sessions so that people can search for answers in other, older study sessions. Tutoring via Facebook. Related

Some iPad Management Tips, Part 2! We have FINALLY gotten cases for our iPad 2s! Hooray! In honor of these new accessories, I wanted to share some quick iPad management tips with everyone: 1 - Color code your iPad cases for easy 1:1 access We have 5 students at each table and have assigned each seat a color. 2- Create desktop backgrounds to show numeration The cases cover the backs - where we originally had numerated stickers showing which iPad was which. I did it this way - rather than creating the image on the iPad - for two reasons. 3 - Create shortcuts to frequently visited sites (Study Island, Class Google Site, etc) Open your iPad's Safari app and type in the URL of the site that you'd like to visit. 4 - Create differentiated folders for apps Group your apps into folders based on level. 5 - Try "Send to Dropbox" Instead of flooding your inbox with student work emails every day, try Send to Dropbox, a site that allows your students to send to a generated address which dumps files into your dropbox folder.

4 Ways iPads Are Helping People With Disabilities Noah Rahman has moderate Cerebral Palsy affecting his communication, cognition and upper and lower body movement. When he turned two, his language, cognitive abilitity and fine motor skills were diagnosed by a developmental specialist as being at least 12 months behind. Then Noah got an iPad. Four months later, his language and cognition were on par with his age level. Today, the three-year-old (pictured at right with his father) spends an hour or two on his iPad each day. SNApps4Kids taps into a burgeoning trend for people with disabilities. "Touch has made it exceptionally accessible — everyone has an iPad, everyone has an iPod," says Michelle Diament, cofounder of Disability Scoop, a source for news relating to developmental disabilities. For people lacking motor skills, touch screens are more intuitive devices. Here are four ways that touch devices are changing the lives of people with disabilities: 1. 2. Similarly, Noah Rahman has shown motor improvement. 3. 4. Long-Roads Ahead