The Trouble with using the iPads … Is time!

By Beth Wall

Yesterday, Ms. G did her blog on trying to adapt a water cycle lesson plan for grade 2 to the grade 7 level. It was a cool idea, and a very reasonable way to go about creating a lesson plan for a course. You look on the web, then try to adapt what you find. At first glance, it looked simple, and that it should take about 30 minutes to do. However, that was not how it ended up rolling out, as you know if you read the blog.

This is a great example of the difficulty of trying something new. You think, I am going to try this. You do your research, and then you experiment. You hope  you can use this in class next week, and don’t expect it to take too long. However, the research took a while, then the app you tried kept crashing, or it wouldn’t let you do what you wanted, and in the end, you’ve killed 3.5 hours of time and have no lesson plan in hand. The end result – you are frustrated and think iPads don’t work. What’s more, you still have to find time to plan out an alternative for your class.

Before you get to this point let Ms. G. or myself help you. Come talk to us about what you would like to do, and let us do the leg work to figure out what will work. Once we have it, we can sit down and show you how it works. It may take a bit of back and forth before the project is just right, but you avoid the “I want to throw this iPad out the window” moments.

Let us take you from


And prove that an iPad is good for more than just this:

More Challenges from Last Week’s Workshop

Looking at the powerpoint Beth so kindly uploaded to Google doc, I see I missed the following challenges. Some of them I don’t know how to do as I write this – let us see if I can figure it out without the benefit (and significant time saver) of my peers. If I don’t get your challenge right, please comment on the blog or email me to let me know!

Find an App quickly:
So you went crazy and downloaded all the apps Beth put on her google doc. The trouble is, you’re not sure whether you put the NASA app in Science or in the Folder you named “The Coolest stuff ever”. What to do?
1. Swipe your finger (going toward the first home screen) until you get this screen:

2. Type in the app you’re looking for:

3. Click on App and voilà! The app opens up automatically.

Adjust brightness with settings:
1. Click on settings.
2. Tap Brightness & Wallpaper

3. Slide the scale to where you want it.
4. Auto-Brightness: adjusts the brightness to your screen depending on how much light there is. If you don’t want this function. Tap off.

Adjust volume with and without settings:
Without settings:
1. The volume for your ipad can be controlled on the right hand side of your ipad (assuming your ipad is in the vertical position with the center button at the bottom). Press the top down to make it louder and the bottom down to make it softer.

With settings:
1. Go to , yes, you guessed it. Settings.
2. Tap general.
3. Tap sounds.

Here you can control the volume of your ringer and alerts as well as choose your ringtone, etc.

As well, if you go to General–>Use side switch to:
and then click on the Mute option, you can mute or unmute the whole ipad easily by just using the side switch.

Which leads me to the last topic of the day:

Lock the orientation with or without settings:
Is it making you sea sick, the way the ipad keeps on switching from horizontal to vertical? You have the option of locking the screen.

With settings:
Settings–> Use side switch to: –> Lock Rotation. The rotation is now locked. But this also allows you to now to lock or unlock it via the side switch without settings!

Of course, if you turn the Lock Rotation option on, you can no longer control the mute option with the side switch. It’s one or the other my friends, one or the other.

Coming tomorrow:
Use both the English and the French keyboard and spelling dictionary
Take Notes in …(I don’t know! There was a blank in his presentation!) while watching a movie in another. But I will find out if it kills me.