iPad Specific Tutorials

To use technology to enhance the education process, the user must be able to:

Research Topics
Create Content
Collaborate with Others
Share Completed Products with Others

These requirements are not unique to the iPad, they also are a necessity on laptops, Desktops, or any other connected device that is in use in the classroom. The advantages of the iPad in the classroom  are:

  • Size (the iPad takes up a fraction of the space in your classroom)
  • Mobility/Portability (Without cords, and light enough to carry anywhere, they can be used inside  or outside the classroom, in just about any position imaginable)
  • Battery Life (A Fully Charged iPad will provide a full day of learning)
  • Reliabliity (No moving parts to break, immune to virus, spyware, malware)
  • Power Requirements (We could never supply power to 25 desktop workstations in every classroom, but we can with iPads!)
  • Versitility (The iPad also doubles as an eReader, Digital Camera, Level, response system and much much more)

Every instructor should read through the user guide for the product, as should every student. Follow this liink to view the complete user guide on PDF! Refer back to this guide when you are trying to do something specific as well.

A basic set of apps is required on District iPads to accomplish Content Creation and Collaboration. These apps are:

Google Drive (For sharing and Collaborating)

Gmail (For Communicating)


Google Docs (For Creating Documents)


Prezi (For Creating Presentations)

OverDrive (For reading and checking out eBooks)


If you do not have these apps on your iPad, download them from the app store or by clicking on the icons above. If you are on a device with the app store restricted, come see Mr. Naillon to have him make sure that they are loaded.

Researching on the iPad

One significant way that the iPad differs from the PC is that it does not really multi-task. On a PC, you can have the internet, your word processing program, your email and much more all open at once. Although it is very easy to switch back and forth between apps on the iPad, they really only do one thing at a time. For this reason, content creation should be approached differently. For example, if I am going to be creating a presentation on a topic, I will start out researching the topic with Safari, and saving pictures I find online into my photos app on the iPad, creating a preliminary collection of supporting art. As I research I will create bookmarks of the relevant websites in the Safari browser.

Armed with these resources, I will open my choice of Presentation apps and access the photos from my photos app, and switch back and forth  between my presentation and my bookmarked sites in safari to bring in content. Refer to the iPad user guide above to get fundamental research skills such as:
  • Searching for Topics on Safari
  • Creating Bookmarks
  • Copying and pasting text
  • Saving Images to your photos app
  • Taking Screen Shots

Other than the iPad specific skill listed above, researching on the iPad using Safari will be identical to doing the same on a full sized computer.)

Creating Content


A good choice for creating classroom presentations is Prezi. The work flow is different than PowerPoint, but it appeals to young learners. You will need to create an initial account, as it is Cloud Based. Use your School email for this so that folks can share with you easily.  The following link will get you started:

For the nuts and bolts of creating a presentation while logged into Prezi, follow this link:


Word Processing documents can be created with The Google Docs app.  Google offers extensive help on this app, So read through the specific topics  here:

Google Mobile Docs Help

Putting it all together (Work Flow)

Your teacher has assigned a research topic. You have been given the topic of hummingbirds and their habitat.  To accomplish this on an iPad, these steps should be taking in the recommended order listed below:

1. Make sure that you have your school Google email username and Password, and can log in with it.
YES? Continue to Step 2
NO?  See Mr. Naillon

2. Log in to Google Drive with your username and Password
    Click the Google Drive icon on your home screen

Sign in with your username

Now you should see any files that you have in your drive account

  Now that you are all signed in to Drive, lets just close this app by pressing on the home screen, and open up Safari and do some research!

A search in Safari is done by just typing in the search term in the URL field at the top.

Once you find a page with some of the information that you want, bookmark it by clicking on the Send Box

No you can quickly re-access this information when you are composing your presentation. Other options are to add the link to your home screen for quick access, or possibly add it to a reading list.

You can save pictures as well, so that you can add it to your presentation later. Just press and hold your finger on the image until the save picture dialog come up. It will be saved in your pictures folder.

OK, we have a little content for our presentation, so let's start creating it. Open the Prezi app, and log in. If you do not have an account, use your Google Apps username to create one.

Click the New Prezi option in the upper right once you sign in.

Select a template from the upper right to add a splash of color to your presentation.

Just click a text frame to add text like I did to this title, then click on one of the bubbles, to edit the next slide.

Prezi will zoom in, allowing you to add an image, and edit the title for the slide.     Note that you can pick the style of the slide at the bottom.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

I will use the hummingbird picture that I saved earlier. Select "Choose existing photo"

Select it and use it

It appears in the image box, edit the title and move to the next slide.

Label that slide, and  get ready to add some content.

Now you can go back to your bookmarks, and copy some text from your research.

Paste your text into the text box, and edit as you wish.


Edward Naillon,
Mar 3, 2015, 7:28 AM