Many of our users are on iPads or working with them in a 1:1, BYOD, or device cart environment. We decided to dedicate a short set of posts to getting the most out of these devices. Happy tapping, swiping, and learning!
Welcome to our second post on all things iPad. Last time around we shared basic tips for new users, from getting used to the keyboard and boosting your battery, to managing your iTunes account with your new device.
This time we’re kicking it up a notch. We have some app recommendations we really like - and have heard good things about from our users - as well as some bonus suggestions for iPad printing, screenshotting, and parental controls.
Add a Printer via AirPrint
With a little help from AirPrint (included with iOS v4.2 on up) you can print directly from your iPad. If you've got an AirPrint-compatible printer, then select “Print” from your share menu on any document and select how many copies you'd like.
How to Take a Screenshot
Press Home and Sleep/Wake button at the same time.
Screen will flash.
Boom. Screenshot is in your photos.
Restrictions and Parental Controls
You can turn on Restrictions on your iPad to prevent access to specific apps and features.
To do this, tap Settings > General > Restrictions.
Tap “Enable Restrictions” and create a passcode. This passcode will be required to change any of your settings (or to turn off Restrictions in the future). Anything with a checkmark next to it is something you're granting access to; turning an option off restricts access.
Note: Know that if you lose or forget this passcode, you’ll need to erase the device and set it up as new. There is no way to circumnavigate this feature.
Edu Game Apps
Fruity Fractions - This game requires students to slice fruit into parts and put them back together to illustrate fractions at work. As they move further into the game, students unlock new challenges and pieces of an overarching story involving some hungry, fruit-loving parrots emerge.
Pixel Press Floors - This game is for slightly older students. (Listed for students in grades 3-8.) It gives students the ability to create their own video games. Students can draw their ideas for a game on pencil and paper, snap a photo, and upload it.
Apps for Learning to Code
Cargo Bot - Recommended for grades 5-12, this game prompts users to program a robotic arm so that the robot may move crates into a configuration shown on the top of the screen.
Kodable Class - Kodable Class introduces K-5 students to the logic and reasoning integral to computer programming. Students play alongside the Fuzz family, who crash-landed on planet Smeeborg. Users direct the Fuzzes by performing basic commands: move up, down, left, and right.
Scratch Jr. - Scratch Jr. primes students ages 5-7 to think like a coder. Users program their own stories and games by snapping together graphical programming blocks.
Classroom Management Apps
Chalkup - Come on. Like we weren’t going to tell you to download Chalkup for your iPad. What are you waiting for?! Start connecting!
Socrative - Want to do a quick check to see if your students are on the same page? Socrative supports quick formative assessments through quizzes, polls, exit tickets, and races via the Socrative Student app.