Do you have an iPad? Are you looking for new ways to use it for teaching, research, or increased productivity? Click on each of the tabs below for tips, apps, and adapter information (for sharing your iPad screen in the classroom).

Are you completely new to your iPad? This printable guide from Custom Guide covers almost everything you need to know, or check out this video for a quick tour of iOS 7.

These pro tips can help you explore additional features of your iPad.

Create folders to organize apps
  1. Hold your finger on an app until it starts to shake.
  2. Drag the shaking app on top of another shaking app. These two apps will now be in a folder together. Name the folder whatever you would like.
  3. Click the home icon again when you are finished.

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Take a screenshot Click the Home button and Sleep/Wake button at the same time until you see the screen flash (like a camera flash).iPhone_Home_Button  +  sleepwake
Shut down an app
  1. Double click on the Home icon. You will see the multitasking bar along the bottom that includes all of the apps that are currently running or open on your iPad.
  2. Swipe up to close the app.
  3. Click the Home icon again when you are finished.

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Power off your iPad sleepwake

  1. Hold down the Sleep/Wake button, until you see the “slide to power off” bar.
  2. Slide the bar over.
  3. When you are ready to restart your iPad, click and hold the Sleep/Wake button.
Restart a frozen iPad Click and continue to hold the Home button and Sleep/Wake button at the same time until the iPad restarts.iPhone_Home_Button  +  sleepwake
Add a link to your home screen
  1. Open the link in Safari.
  2. Click on the curved arrow icon to the left of the address bar.
  3. Click to “Add to Home Screen.”
  4. Name the link and click “Add.”

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Turn on the bookmarks tool bar
  1. Open Settings and click on “Safari.” Then, turn “Always Show Bookmarks Bar” to on.
  2. Leave Settings and open the Safari app.
  3. Visit any website that you visit frequently. Click on the curved arrow icon and click to “Add Bookmark.”
  4. Name your link and make sure that “Bookmarks Bar” is selected underneath.
  5. This link will now always be visible at the top of your Safari browser.

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An iPad is only as useful as the apps on it. Here are resources for finding some of the best apps around.

The Basics

These are some of the most widely used apps for using the iPad for productivity.

  • AudioNote (free for lite; $5 for full version) – A note-taking app that records and synchronizes your audio, typing, and annotation, so that you easily go back and review just what you need when you need it.
  • CloudOn (free) – Create, review, and edit Microsoft Office products from your iPad.
  • Dropbox (free) – Easily share files among your iPad apps, your office computer, and your home computer.
  • Evernote (free) – A robust note-taking app that syncs with all of your devices so your ideas and notes are always with you in an organized notebook. You can record audio and add images to your notes.
  • Pocket (free) – A virtual reading list that you can use to keep track of all of the articles and papers you would like to read.
  • Pointer (free) – Point and draw on PDF files, Microsoft Office files, and websites to help with demonstrations or explanations. Requires a VGA or HDMI adapter to project your iPad screen for the class.
  • SkyDrive (free) – All faculty, staff, and students at La Salle have access to SkyDrive for online file storage and sharing. With this app, you can view and share your SkyDrive files from anywhere.

Apps for Instruction

  • EduCreations (free) – A recordable whiteboard that you can use to write out problem solutions, draw examples, or annotate images. The app captures your audio and creates a video you can share with your students that they can watch online (they don’t need a mobile device to view it). There is a 30-minute recording limit for this app.
  • Explain Everything ($3) – Another recordable whiteboard for writing out problems solutions, drawing images and annotating images or slides. For the price, this app comes with a few more options and features compared to EduCreations.
  • Looking for whiteboard apps for annotating documents or walking students through problem solutions? Check out this blog post.
  • Socrative (free) – Use this app to create and manage short quiz or comprehension questions for your class. Students can participate in class from any mobile phone, tablet, or laptop so you can immediately gauge their attention and learning.

Apps for the School of Business

  • PowerOne Finance Calculator ($5) – A powerful financial calculator with ready to use templates and graphing capabilities.
  • Soulver ($5) – This app is ideal for providing verbal explanations for calculations. You can write out calculations on the notepad and the answers are displayed instantly on the right. Visit Soulver.com for a demo.

Resources for Finding More Apps

  • App and Link Recommendations from Dr. Jon Landis – In February 2012, La Salle hosted a guest speaker from Apple. This blog post features Dr. Landis’s app recommendations as well as websites that focus on instructional uses of iPads.
  • The iPad for Professors: Evaluating a Productivity Tool After One Year – In this article from The Chronicle, professors talk about how they use their iPads and the apps they love.
  • Business Collection – This large collection in the iTunes app store includes a wide range of apps, including online marketing, tracking, and productivity resources.
  • Get Stuff Done App Collection – This recommended collection of apps from iTunes includes apps for productivity, such as to do lists, project planning tools, and brain-storming resources.
  • Math Apps – Scroll down in the math collection to review probability and statistics resources as well as applied math apps that may be useful for your courses.
  • Apple in Education – A collection of video tutorials, guides and web pages for educators that want to use apple tools for instruction.

If you want to show your iPad screen on the projector in your classroom, you will need an adapter. The Helpdesk in Olney 200 has a few that you can rent out for a couple of days, but if you are planning to use your iPad in class frequently, you may want to invest in your own from Apple. You can connect these adapters to the VGA or HDMI cords in your classroom, and then click the laptop button on the podium panel. Need help getting set up? Contact the Helpdesk.

The type of adapter you need will depend on which iPad you have. If you’re not sure, look at the model number on the back of your iPad and then check here.

iPad (4th Generation)
iPad Mini
Lightning to VGA Adapter

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Image from Apple.com
iPad (3rd Generation)
iPad (2nd Generation)
30-pin Digital AV Adapter

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Image from Apple.com
iPad (1st Generation)
30-pin to VGA Adapter

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Image from Apple.com