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Coffee and iPads 9-26-17

Coffee and iPads

September 26th, 2017


Good Tuesday morning to you and happy homecoming week! Today is twin day at the middle school so grab a cup of joe, one for your twin and lets talk iPads and the new operating system. You’ll want to try this on your iPad so if you haven’t updated to iOS 11 it’s time to be a rebel. Here we go.

The Dock

Try This in This Order


You can check them off as you go. This works best if you have this email open on your computer or you print this off (Shhh! Stop with the nervous laughter, it’s okay.) so you can work with your iPad while you read. Estimated Time to Complete: 3:32 (Times may vary from individual to individual)
– [ ] Turn on your iPad and add your favorite most used apps to the dock (The little translucent bar on the bottom). Make certain one of them is the Apple notes app. Keep adding them. You can add up to 13 on the size of iPads we have. Be careful though because they get damn tiny; especially in portrait mode. You can also add folders of your apps; so technically you could put all your apps on your dock.
– [ ] Notice the vertical line on the right side of the dock and three apps to the right of it. This is where your recent or most used apps go. The apps in that part of the dock will change as Apple tries to learn your habits.
– [ ] Now, open safari to your favorite web page. Keep it school appropriate Ms. Mills!
– [ ] Flick up from the bottom of the screen. The dock is supposed to do that. It now comes up from the bottom whenever you want it to.
– [ ] Find the notes app from the dock. Tap on it and drag it to the right or left until the screen splits. Let go.
– [ ] Open a new note in notes.
– [ ] Tap on some text on the web page and hold until it is highlighted.

– [ ] Hold your finger down on the text until you see it pop up and kind of float. Drag your finger around and the text should float in connection with your finger.
– [ ] Drag the text from Safari to the notes app and drop it. Pretty cool. This works for large pieces of text, images, pdf files, etc.

6 Minutes of Videos


Video Courtesy of MacRumors Estimated Time to Complete: 1:15

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Video Courtesy of 9 to 5 Mac Estimated Time to Complete: 4:45

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Teacher Thought Bubble


  • New dock and drag and drop of apps makes switching apps faster and more efficient.
  • Easier for students to do a reading on one side and take notes on the other side of their iPads
  • Allows for instructions (text, audio or video format) on one side of the iPad and working on a project on the other side of the iPad.
  • Drag and drop of text, images, files makes it easier for students without wifi at home to transfer homework to an offline mode in notes or notability to be worked on at home.
  • Drag and drop of text, images, files makes it easier for students to plagiarize.

If you have your own thoughts on this feature, feel free to send them to me.

Upcoming Topics


  • More Major iOS Changes
  • Do Not Disturb and Other Handy Control Center Tricks
  • iPad Time Savers
  • Accessibility
  • All about the Keyboard, Keyboard, Keyboard
  • Helping Parents Parent with the iPad
  • Tools You Don’t Know You Have

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Coffee and iPads

In an attempt to help teachers and support staff in my school district adjust to changes brought to the iPad with iOS 11, I have created a weekly newsletter titled Coffee and iPads.  I will cross post them to the blog to potentially  benefit others and to keep a digital record.  The following is the introductory email.


Coffee and iPads

September 19th, 2017


I LOVE coffee! Coffee and I are like Michael Jordan and Gatorade. We just belong together. So you can imagine my frustration this summer when my trusty coffee maker went caput. I was coffee-less and not ready for a change in my daily routine.

Apple

Like my coffee maker experience this summer, Apple has today changed your daily routine by releasing iOS11 for the iPad. This could be an inconvenience, to you and students, until you learn what it can do. It is a major upgrade that will change the way your iPad looks and functions. It has a learning curve. To help you navigate the changes to iOS and share some tips and tricks too, I would like to introduce you to a weekly email newsletter I am calling Coffee and iPads.

What it is

  • One email a week. It should arrive in your inbox early Tuesday morning, in time for your coffee.
  • Brief emails that focus on one topic related to the iPad operating system. Think bullet points and pictures rather than paragraphs.
  • Ideas to help you be efficient and effective with iPads.
  • One email sent to you to decide if you want to participate, opt in for further emails after that. I don’t want to fill anybody’s inbox without their consent. However, if you already know you want to receive this weekly email just reply yes to this email or go to this form and add your email.
  • Perhaps an opportunity to fulfill a P.P.G.
  • Periodic Coffee and iPad “tours” to answer questions and do face to face PD

What it is not

  • Lesson ideas
  • A focus on specific apps
  • Complicated

Topics

  • Major iOS Changes
  • Do Not Disturb and Other Handy Control Center Tricks
  • iPad Time Savers
  • Accessibility
  • All about the Keyboard, Keyboard, Keyboard
  • Helping Parents Parent with the iPad
  • Tools You Don’t Know You Have

Below are a few explainer videos made by Apple to showcase some changes coming with iOS 11

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