iPad Challenge of April 22: Accessibility Tools (Guided Access)

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Do you have a student that simply can’t concentrate when using the iPad? Do you need to help them focus on the task at hand? Guided Access might help. It is a little heavy-handed, but could be very useful. This also could be useful in certain test or exam situations.

What is it?

Guided Access allows you to restrict the use of the iPad to a certain app. For instance, if your students should be writing a document using Pages, you can set the Guided access so that they can only access Pages.

How does it work?

Go to Settings–>General–>Accessibility


Scroll down and tap on Guided Access:


Tap Guided Access on:


Now tap on Passcode settings. This means that you will be the one in control of the Guided access. You will enter a password for Guided access. Once they are in the app and Guided Access is activated, they will need your passcode to disable it:

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Once you’ve set a passcode that you will remember, go to the app you want your student to use. I am using pages. Triple tap the home button to access the Guided access settings. At the bottom of the page you will see some settings. For some reason it won’t let me take a screenshot and my airplay isn’t working so I will use a generic screenshot from closertothekids.com:


At the bottom you can set how long you want them to stay on the app as well as circle areas of the app you would like to disable. To activate Guided access, simply tap Started, located in the top right corner.

Now, this isn’t just for students – we all get distracted and sometimes need a little help concentrating. Why not use Guided Access for yourself? I know I could use some guidance sometimes…

Thanks again to Melanie Leblanc for demonstrating these tools!