Wednesday, June 26, 2013

I Just Bought An iPad -- Now What!

If you just bought your first iPad this blog post is for you. I’m going to walk you through many of the basics. My bet is the first thing you did after tearing the cellophane of that bright shiny new box is go thru the built in tutorial. This tutorial walks you through setting up an Apple ID. (This is your user name and password that you use to buy or install free apps, music, books, videos from iTunes or the App Store.)

  • Sleep/Wake Button - The iPad Sleep/Wake button is the small, black button at the top right-hand corner of the iPad. It is one of the few hardware buttons on the iPad and is primarily used to put the iPad to sleep or to wake it up. Because it is used to put the iPad into a suspended mode, the Sleep/Wake button is sometimes referred to as the suspend button or the hold button.

1.      To lock the iPad, press the Sleep/Wake button.                                         
2.      To unlock the iPad, press the Home button or the Sleep/Wake button and then drag the slide bar to the right.
3.      If you want to turn your iPad completely off hold down the Sleep/Wake button for a few seconds until the red slider appears, then drag the onscreen slider bar.

If your iPad does not detect any activity, it will automatically lock. The predetermined amount of time can be set for 2, 5, 10 or 15 minutes or the feature can be disabled and it will automatically lock.
Users can set-up their iPad to require a passcode to unlock it. That can be done in the Settings by going to General > Passcode Lock > Then tap On or Off. Make sure you remember this passcode.
If you invested in an Apple Smart Cover you can set you iPad to lock or unlock when the cover is place. Setting that up requires you go to Settings > iPad Cover > Lock/Unlock and turn the feature on or off

Home Button - The iPad home button is the small, circular button located at the bottom of the iPad. The home button is one of the few ways to control the iPad outside of the onscreen controls.

1.      Whenever you press the home button you will always be brought back to the home screen.
2.      Tap on an app one time to open it, then tap on the home button and it will close.
3.      Double tapping your home button will open the multitasking bar. This allows you to see what apps have been recently opened. If you scroll all the way to the right on the multitasking bar you will locate the screen lock, brightness, music and volume controls.
4.      All of the apps located on the multitasking bar are open and running. Closing these apps will save battery life and speed up your iPad. Closing the apps requires you to press on the app until it wiggles and then touch the red dash.Volume Button and Side Button – The volume button is located on the right hand side of the iPad. Press the top half of the button to increase the volume and the lower half to decrease it. Located just above the volume button is the side button. This button slides and is used to mute or lock the rotation of the iPad.

Volume Button and Side Button – The volume button is located on the right hand side of the iPad. Press the top half of the button to increase the volume and the lower half to decrease it. Located just above the volume button is the side button. This button slides and is used to mute or lock the rotation of the iPad.

Settings – This icon allows you to personalize your iPad. Settings can be accessed by tapping on the icon on your home screen that looks like turning gears. Some of the things you can access thru the settings feature are:

1.      Setting Up An Email Account – iPad work with iCloud, Microsoft Exchange, and most of the internet bases email, contacts and calendars.
§  Set Up iCloud account: Settings > iCloud
§  Set Up another account: Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars,
2.      Turn Off Push Notifications for Apps – Push Notifications provides the app the ability to communicate with your when it isn’t open. Notifications can be turned off on individual apps by Notifications > App Name > Notification Center (at top of screen) > Turn On or Off.  For safety reasons it is good to turn notifications off on apps that utilize the GPS features of the iPad, iPod or iPhone.
3.      Screen Brightness – Simply by moving the slider it will change the brightness of the iPad’s screen. The lower the brightness the longer the battery will last.
4.      Setting Wallpaper – You can choose to use one of the wallpapers Apple has preinstalled on the device or make your own by using a picture from your photo stream. Settings > Brightness and Wallpaper > Tap Wallpaper or My Photo Stream. If you choose a photo, drag or pinch it to reposition/resize it, until it looks just the way you want it to. Tap Set Lock Screen, Set Home Screen, or Set Both.
5.      Multi-Task Gesturing – Allows the user to use four or five fingers to:
§  Pinch to the home screen
§  Swipe to the reveal multitasking bar
§  Swipe left or right between apps.
6.      Restrictions – If children will be using the iPad without parental supervision, it is important to set some parental restrictions. They can be accessed by Settings > General > Restrictions. Tap on enable restrictions at the top of the page. You will be prompted to enter a four digit passcode. Now it is time to decide which features of the iPad you would like the children to have access to and turn those features on or off.  Then you will need to decide what type of content you will allow on the device. One I would suggest turning off is all in-app purchases so your child doesn’t run up a huge credit card bill or spend all of your app store credit. The next section involves determining what privacy setting you want turned on. Last you will have to decide about how much access you will allow your child to have to the Game Center.

Home Screen – The first screen on the iPad is considered the home screen. This screen contains twenty apps factory installed by Apple and cannot be deleted from the device but can be rearranged. To rearrange the app icons you need to press your finger down on the icon until it starts wiggling. Drag the app around (move it to the edge of the screen to go to a new page). If you would like to delete an app you need to tap the X icon. Press the home button to get the apps to stop wiggling. The small white dots above the dock indicate how many screens of apps there are and which screen you are on. Apps can be placed in folders for organization purposes. This is done my pressing down on the app until it begins to wiggle and then dragging and dropping two apps on top of each other. You will be provided an option to rename the folder anything you would like.

Dock – The five icons that fit on the bottom of the home screen. These can be personalized to meet the user’s needs. The things I have on my dock are:
1.      Mail – The mail icon retrieves and displays the most recent mail messages. The red number shows the total number of unread messages.
2.      Photos – Where all of the pictures taken with the device are stored.
3.      App Store – Where you can browse the app store for whatever type of app you are looking for then buy it using a credit card purchase or iTunes card.
4.      Settings – See previous information
5.      Atomic Web – Web Browser used for searching the internet. I like this browser way better than the pre-installed Safari.

Apps Pre-installed on the iPad – As I previously mentioned, Apple pre-installs a number of apps on the device that cannot be deleted. Those apps are:
1.      Messages – Allows you to text with iOS device using an Apple ID.
2.      Facetime – Video conferencing with other iOS devices only.
3.      Photo Booth – Special effects that you can apply to pictures taken with the iPad.
4.      Notification Center – This is activated by dragging your finger from the top center of the iPad screen. You can control which notifications are shown and how they are shown in Settings > Notifications. When you see notifications at the top of the iPad screen, touch it to open the app.
5.      Safari – Apples web browser. It allows you to surf the internet.
6.      Calendar – Tap and hold the date in your calendar to add a new event. You could also click the  + sign in the lower right hand corner.
7.      Contacts – It displays an alphabetical listing of all of the contacts on your device. New contacts can be added by tapping on the + sign on the left side of the screen and filling in the required blanks.
8.      Maps – Find a location by typing the address into the search box. You can find your current location by tapping of the arrow in the lower left hand corner and your location is represented by the blue marker. To get directions, enter the starting and ending location.
9.      iBooks – Where all the books and PDF documents your reading are stored on the device. This app is not pre-installed on the device. You are required to download it from the app store. 

Standard Keyboard – A keyboard pops up whenever you tap on an area that allows you to enter text. The button in the lower right hand corner of the keyboard will hide the keyboard once you are done typing. There are actually three keyboard on every iPad. The first one focuses on letters, he second numbers and he last one punctuation and various symbols. Keyboards change based on the app you are accessing. When you are typing letters, the iPad adds a return key. At other times the return key will change into join or go based on what is needed. When entering a web address hold, down the .com key to get other choices.

Keyboard Shortcuts – The iPad’s dictionary tried to automatically correct typos and spelling errors. If you want the word hit the space bar, if you do not want the word, hit the X. If auto correction bugs you, turn it off at Settings > General > Keyboard > Auto Correction > Off. Double tapping the space bar at the end of the sentence will get you a period. Or if you do the same things at the beginning of a sentence you will get a capital letter. Cap Lock can be activated by tapping twice on the shift key.

Cut, Copy, & Paste – To cut or copy text, double tap a word to highlight it and then select more words by dragging the blue dots. Remove your finger and you will see the words highlighted in blue, with the words cut, copy and paste above it. Select cut or copy. Double tap wherever you would like the copied or cut information to go and tap paste. On the number keyboard is the undo button and redo is located of the punctuation and symbols keyboard.

Now you’re ready to unleash the potential of the iPad and see that it has unlimited potential as an educational tool. Check back later this summer for more posts.