A Selection of Challenges from last week’s workshop!

Well, the internet is down and my world has come to a screeching halt. However, never one to indulge in an idle moment, I thought I would write this post on a good old-fashioned word document and paste it in to my blog when the internet is re-connected and the gears of my world start their incessant grind.
However. What can I talk about that doesn’t need the internet?
Aha! What about a recap of some of the challenges we had in last Thursday’s class? Yes? Okay then.
I still don’t have the complete list, but I can go through the ones people either taught me or I overheard. If your challenge isn’t here, could you please email it to me? I will cover it in subsequent posts!
Challenges:
Screenshots: covered in this previous post but copied here for your convenience
One last thing- I also learned how to do a screen shot on my ipad:
  1. Press the on/off button at the top of the ipad and at the same time press the ipad button in the centre.
  2. Once you pressed the ipad button let go- don’t keep on holding down as it will just power off your ipad.
  3. You should see a flash of white and then the sound of a camera taking a photo.
  4. The photo is then stored in your photos app (that comes with the ipad).

Double-clicking to move quickly between apps:
This came in handy for me when I was preparing the QR code scavenger hunt as I was switching between the QR reader and Safari over and over. Instead of pressing the center button, returning to the home screen and then scrolling to find the app you need, you can simply double click the center button and the open apps will appear on the bottom. It is similar to having tabs open in a web browser.
How to make folders: (also covered in this previous post with images)
As we saw on Thursday, the number of incredible apps can be an embarrassment of riches, especially if you have many on different subjects peppered all over your home screens. Avoid having to scroll through pages and pages of apps looking for one in particular by gathering subject specific apps in one place. Personally, I have grouped them by subject matter. Say you take two science apps: NASA and the body.
1.    Press down on one of the apps you want to collect until it starts to wiggle.
2.    Then drag it on top of another app you want to gather.
3.    This will automatically create a folder
4.     You can now change the name of your folder: just tap the circled X and it will delete the default title. Then you can start typing!
How to move your cursor: 
I covered this in my post about adding eprint to safari,a s it was my huge stumbling block.
1.    Hold you finger down in the location where you would like the cursor.
It works the same if you are in ibooks or in Safari or in any other app
2.    A magnifying glad will appear. Drag it until you are in the spot you need.
3.    Delete, add text, highlight, copy, paste. Do whatever you need to do!
Add to home screen: My favourite!
Do you go visit a certain site frequently? Don’t want to keep having to bring it up on safari?  This is so easy! I did it with what I like to call the language police dictionary- La Grande Dictionnaire terminologique. This is something I consult frequently as the French words are slipping out of my head faster then Greek drachmas from a European bank.
1.    Go to the website you want to add to your home screen (your home screen is the screen you see when you have logged in to your ipad- the one with all the apps on it).
2.    Tap the arrow to the left of the web address.
3.    Tap “add to home screen”.
4.    It will then appear on your home screen.
you can see it now on the last line!
5.    Use the above instructions to move it into a folder.
Itunes U
Annie and Gail made this wonderful handout about itunes U. I have asked them permission to share and they have generously accepted.
iTunes U
Lots of FREE excellent material from leading schools and educational boards (mostly American, but some European & Canadian, too!)
TWO SEARCH CHOICES:
1. By Topic
Open iTunes  app (purple with white music note)
☐ type a subject into white search box in top right
☐ scroll through different types of info (audiobook, albums, podcasts, etc.) until you see iTunes U
☐ click on a episode that relates to what you want to know in order to see a) how much and b) more info
☐ click to download
☐ find episode in your iTunes library under iTunes U
2. By Publishing Organization
Open iTunes  app (purple with white music note)
☐ look at options at bottom of screen
click on iTunes U (second from right)
☐ There are 3 search choices: Universities & Colleges (search by school)
                                                Beyond Campus (search by publishing organization)
                                                K-12 (search by publishing organization)
☐ when you click on one of those 3 choices, you will get an alphabetical list of publishing organizations
☐ click on one of the choices to see what they have produced
☐ when you find an interesting episode,
☐ click on a episode in order to see a) how much and b) more info
☐ click to download
☐ find episode in your iTunes library under iTunes U
How to do an alpha numeric password to lock your ipad:
1.     Go to settingsà General.
2.     Tap Passcode Lock.
3.     Turn the Simple Passcode option off.
4. Tap “Turn Passcode on”.
5.     Type in your passcode.
6.     Tap next.
7.     Re-enter passcode
8.     Tap done.
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I am hoping to collect more of the challenges in the following days, but even then- I still have so much content to go over from our workshop. So stay tuned all you ipad folk! More is on the way!

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Oh the places I’ve been: Ebook Apps, Math, Science, Reference and where to keep them.

Since I’ve received the ipad from Beth, I have tried to do something new with it everyday. Although I haven’t been able to live up to this goal, I have still learned many things that I would like to share with you. It is indicative of the slowness of my brain that it has only just occurred to me to maintain a blog about my ipad journeys.

Usually the posts will be very brief, outlining the 15 minutes or so I allow myself for ipad exploration duties. However, there is a lot of backlog in terms of where I have been, so bear with me.

What is the first thing I did when I got my ipad? You guessed it! Straight to the App store for me. As an avid reader, the first thing I did was download the Free books app and anything to do with books and English.

Here is what I have in my Books folder so far:

A screenshot of my free books shelf so far
  • ibooks: the only thing I have so far is a guide to writing fiction from the Open University and Henry James’ the Turn of the Screw).
  • kindle app: haven’t really played aorund with it as it requires purchases from amazon- and there are too many free books available!
  • free books: I like this better than ibooks- easier to navigate, prettier. However, a fairly hefty American content (not so interested in reading the works of Abe Lincoln)
  • Novels: total let down. Old novels for a couple of dollars but nothing free. And just in case you are wondering, they do not have the Hobbit. 
  • Bluefire Reader: This is necessary if you have an account with NetGalley. Just figured this out yesterday and now have the galleys for Marina Endicott’s and Anita Rau Badami’s new books on my ipad!
  • Local Books: Shows you the local books stores and events in your neighborhood.

Check out the folders (the little black boxes!)

Folders? What is that you are talking about? Beth (IT Guru) showed me how to collect subject specific apps all in one place!

    A view inside the Books Folders
    1. Press for a couple of seconds on an app you would like to move.
    2. Drag it on top of an app with a similar subject (eg. ibooks on top of the kindle app).
    3. This will create a folder – you’ll see a black box form around the apps. Let go.
    4. Your two apps will appear inside the folder. Click on the name bar.
    5. Rename your folder to whatever you want.
    6. Click anywhere but in the black box to exit.
This has been very handy for me as I am trying out apps in a variety of subjects in order to help out the teachers. I have already listed the contents of my Books folder. Here are the rest!
English
  • Vocabolistic: a good studying tool for anyone doing a spelling bee. Gives the definition, antonym, synonym and usage. You can also dictate the speed it shows it to you.
  • Dictionary 
  • Merriam Webster
As you can see, I still have some apps to find in this domain. I came across a great wiki from Palm Beach listing some good apps for high school. I still haven’t made it down the list yet though…
Math
  • Math ref Free: This would have been so useful as a student. It gives you the formulas for many differen equations.
  • Math drills lite: My favourite of all the drill apps, this one gives you the written problem, how it looks on a ruler, as well as a calculator pad to write the answer on. The free version is very basic however, better for Elementary students or for reviewing in Sec I.
  • Math Quizzer: like math drill sbut even more basic.
  • Convert Units: good for temperature, mass, but not so much for using for recipes.
Geography:
  • World Map: basic world map- the dynamic version requires purchase (but only .99$) 
  • Google Earth: requires no introduction.
News:
Videos:
  • Youtube: comes with the ipad already I think.
  • TED
  • NFB– you can watch so many things online for free!
  • Netflix– totally not work related, but hey. You never know when you might need to hunker down and watch a movie.
Favourite App so far is definitely the NASA app, which will go into my science folder as soon as I get more Apps. INformative, multi-media showcases concerning astronomy and Earth Sciences.
A screenshot of the NASA app, showing the huge solar flare from June 7th
I also have the human body app, which, when you click on it gives you a fun fact about the body. For example, I just clicked on mine now and it told me that, “your sense of smell is least acute in the morning; our ability to perceive odors increases as the day wears on.”
Hmmm. Didn’t know that!
One last thing- I also learned how to do a screen shot on my ipad:
  1. Press the on/off button at the top of the ipad and at the same time press the ipad button in the centre.
  2. Once you pressed the ipad button let go- don’t keep on holding down as it will just power off your ipad.
  3. You should see a flash of white and then the sound of a camera taking a photo.
  4. The photo is then stored in your photos app (that comes with the ipad).
Okay! That’s it for my first post. I promise they won’t be so long in the future!