Now that all Sherwood and Oak teachers have an iPad to use, it’s time we shared a list of some of the important tips and tricks that everyone should know about. They are all pretty simple and do not require advanced knowledge. We don’t have the newest iPad model to test, but we think all of these tips and tricks are true for both the new iPad and the iPad 2, as long as they are running the most updated software (iOS 5) which they all should be.
1. Rearrange and delete apps
As you install apps, you will want to either move the apps to a different screen or delete an app that you no longer use. In order to do this, touch any app on the screen and hold your finger down. After about one second, you will notice all apps start to wiggle around around. Most of the apps have a little “x” in the upper left corner of the app icon. Clicking on the “x” will delete that app from your iPad. Native apps that come installed such as the calendar, mail, and Safari apps cannot be deleted. While the icons are wiggling, you can click on any icon and drag it to a different location. If you drag it to the side of the screen, it will let you move it to a different screen.
Regardless of how many screens you have, you will notice that the apps in the “bottom tray” always stay there. By default, there are four apps in the bottom tray. Not only can you change which apps go in the tray, but you can actually have up to six apps. You change them the same way as mentioned above. If you want to remove an app from the tray, click on it while it is wiggling and move it out. Likewise, if you want to add one, click and drag that app to the tray. Once you are finished rearranging everything, click on the “Home” button. The icons for the apps will stop wiggling and saved in their locations.
2. Organize apps into folders
3. Close apps running in the background
4. Notification Center
5. Swiping gestures
6. Find my iPad (or iPhone or iPod)
7. Maximize battery life
If you want to take a screen shot of what is displayed on your iPad screen, it is pretty simple to do. Hold down the “Home” button and the “Power” button on the top right of the iPad at the same time for a split second. The screen will flash, and the image will be saved to your iPad photo library.