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Jayne Miller By Jayne Miller • January 12, 2016

Apple Chat 3: Multitasking in iPad + Tips From the Control Center

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!

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Hello and Happy New Year, Apple Chatters.

We’ve got a few more iPad tips to share. This time around we’re focusing on multitasking and making our way through your iPad control panel, highlighting key settings you might be interested in for classroom iPad usage, personal use, a happy battery life, and app management.

And if you thirst for more sweet iPad tips, you can catch part 1 and part 2 of our series here.

Welcome to the Control Center

Display and Brightness - Pro tip, turning down your screen brightness can save battery life. Navigate to your setting and select "Display & Brightness" from the left-side menu. You can move the slider to adjust. And remember: less can be more.

All About Notifications - Your iPad Notification Center is where you may select, app-by-app, what type of notification you would like to receive. Not all apps support notifications, but for those that do, you generally have the options of getting a sound, banner, or badge, when something is happening within that application.

All of this good stuff is available for customization under Settings > Notifications.

Our fave tip for managing notifications in a classroom environment is to disable the “Show on Lock Screen” option. This keeps notifications from popping up and impacting battery life (or possibly diverting attention) when an iPad is hibernating.

To do this, drag any apps to the “Do Not Include” section housed under Settings > Notifications.

You can peruse more on Apple’s support site.

Search for a Setting - Looking for a specific setting? Open “Settings” and use the search field to locate.

Switch Between Apps

If you’re a multitasker - or running a lesson that harnesses the power of more than one app - you’ll want to switch between applications. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Double-click the Home button. All recently-used apps will appear.

  2. Swipe left or right to find what you’d like to use next.

  3. Tap the app. Get to it.

Slide Over

For assignments or personal use that require multitasking, you might also like slide over. This feature allows you to use two apps at once.

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To use this feature, start on the right of your screen and swipe left. Your most previously-used app should appear in this space, allowing you to interact with two applications at once.

To switch the side app, swipe down from the top (on the far right side). A list of your apps will appear; tap one to use it.

Here are more details on multitasking from Apple. There are a few other tricks (like split view and picture-in-picture) that fold in nicely to assignments that call on several apps or online elements. Also really nice to know for personal use.

Setting Reminders

In iOS 9, users may ask Siri to “remind me about this later” in reference to emails, maps, and other core functions. A nice feature for those educators using iPads as part of their own personal workflow.

 

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