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iOS 8 Getting Started
New iPad? Wondering where to start? Jump in here to master this useful tool for teaching and learning.
Many a teacher has been handed a new iPad by a well-meaning PTA or by someone who thinks the right tool is all that's needed, and been told to "play with it over the summer."
Fewer have actually learned, step by step, all the skills and information needed to use a new iPad to its greatest effect: to maximize learning and make your life as easy as possible!
Enter Lesson Planet, with professional development videos on the latest in educational technology—designed by classroom teachers, administrators, and edtech trainers who understand from firsthand experience what teachers like you need to know.
In this course, you'll learn the very basics of using your new equipment. Your iPad is handy, but it's not self-explanatory. So pick that thing up, and press "play" on the screen above.
We'll take you from opening the box to those nifty hand gestures (They're only second nature after you learn how to use them!) to conserving battery life and keeping in touch with those you contact most.
To choose a specific video episode to watch from the list below, click on the "Episodes" tab. That way, you can view or re-view only topics you need. Or you can watch again to refresh your memory on topics you haven't used in awhile. We create our courses to make the most of your time, so you can learn just what you need, when you need it.
1. Introduction (1:58)
If you've never touched an iPad, or if you've just upgraded to iOS 8, this course will get you up to speed.
2. Out of the Box (2:47)
Get your iPad up and running for the first time, and start to imagine how to use it for instruction.
3. Outside of the iPad (3:52)
A little button goes a long way. Just like your favorite wedding theme, the iPad is simple, yet elegant.
4. Gestures (4:25)
You'll look like a magician with all those swipes, taps, pinches, and pulls. And you'll feel like one too.
5. Overview of iOS8 (5:21)
Get a grip on apps, taps, the dock, the screen, and the control center. It's easy, and so cool!
6. Apps That Come with iOS 8 (6:19)
No question is too small. Master the basic apps your iPad already has.
7. Folders (3:56)
Suit yourself! We give you skills for organizing your apps, along with approaches that work for us.
8. Settings (4:51)
You're in charge. Here's how to stay that way.
9. Connecting to Wi-Fi (2:35)
You're into a sporty new iPad. Now merge onto the information highway and maintain your speed.
10. Apple ID (5:05)
Set up the key to getting apps onto your iPad while keeping your financials safe. Important stuff!
11. Downloading & Purchasing Apps (2:47)
Navigate the scads of apps available, find the ones that interest you, and buy or download free ones.
12. Organizing & Deleting Apps (2:52)
Keep your apps tidy so you don't end up with just another pile of useful clutter on your iPad screen!
13. Safari & Viewing Websites (2:42)
Ready for an Internet adventure? Go on Safari to online destinations, known and unknown.
14. Sounds (2:13)
Beeps. Pings. Dings. Enough already! Learn to keep your iPad quiet in class.
15. Camera (6:46)
Add zest to slide presentations or student work. iOS 8 offers several charming new photography options.
Total course run-time: 58:47