Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Lets Get Organized!

Your iPad can quickly become a disorganized mess, especially if you get an app download binge.  One way you can get organized is through the use of folders.  Folders allow you to combine like apps or website links on your Home Screen.

The video below will show you how to create a folder.

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Step #1 - Hold your finger on one of the apps you want to combine.
Step #2 - Once it starts to shake, drag it over the second app you want to combine. This action creates the folder.
Step #3 - If desired, change the name of the folder.
Step #4 - Click on the Home Button to stop the shaking.

If you want to add more apps, just hold, wait for the shake, and drag.  You can do the same thing when you want to remove an app from the folder.

Folder Ideas:
- subject area
- grade level
- research topic
- student specific
- teacher apps

Who do you organize your iPad apps and links?  Share your ideas with us!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Adding Website Links to Your Homescreen

Just like a computer, iPads can access the Internet and be used as a research tool in the classroom. In order to make life somewhat easier, you can provide students with direct links to the desired research sites directly on the iPad's homescreen.

Step #1: Go to the desired site on the Safari web browser.

Step #2: Click on the icon just to the left of the web address. There are a lot of options, but we want to select the third one on the bottom - "Add to Home Screen".

Step #3: The website's name and address will appear. You can change the name if desired. This name will appear on the Home Screen.

Step #4: Once you click "Add", you will have a link on your Home Screen.  These look just like apps.  

By adding links straight to the Home Screen, you can ensure students won't get "lost" typing in a long web address.  These, just like apps, can be deleted at any time so you can add and delete website links through the year, depending on the topics being researched.