Getting Started with your iPad in the Classroom

The Basic Device

Below are some pictures that will help you better understand the basic parts of your iPad.

Using the Touch Screen

The video below explains how to use the touch screen to move between apps and features quickly and easily.

Using the Touch Screen Keyboard

The video below will show you how to use the pop-up touch screen keyboard to do all the editing features you normally use and more.

Using Internet - Safari

The basics of the Safari tool bar are explained in the pictures and videos shown below.


Use the App Store to add free apps to your iPad.  Each Board owned iPad has an Apple ID and Password.  Contact an administrator if you have not been told the Apple ID and Password to add free apps or if you wish to add paid apps to your device.

Use the App Store icon to add free apps. Contact admin for paid apps.

The video below will show you how to create an icon that will appear on your home screen for webpages that you use frequently.  If it is a webpage from a website that requires a password it is best to make the login page into the icon.

The video below will show you how to Move, Delete, and Organize apps into folders on the iPad.

The following are some other apps you may want to search for in the App Store and download onto your iPad:

  • Pages (Word for Apple products - free on new iPads)
  • Keynote (PowerPoint for Apple products - free on new iPads)
  • Numbers (Excel for Apple products - free on new iPads)
  • iMovie
  • OneDrive for Business (to link to your Office 365 OneDrive)


Many important functions on the iPad are accessed by clicking on the Settings icon.  Some of the settings you should familiarize yourself with are:

  • Wi-Fi: allows you to find and connect to Wi-Fi that is in range; if you are having trouble connecting to websites, uploading files, sending email, etc. it is a good idea to check which Wi-Fi network you are connected to and try another network if possible; sometimes you will have to "forget this network" to stay connected to the proper network.
  • General: allows you to find out information about your iPad, turn on Accessibility features (like text to speech), set-up restrictions, set your screen lock timing, and add other Keyboards (like French, Spanish, or even Emoji).
  • Passcode: allows you to set a passcode to protect the information on your iPad and discourage theft. Your passcode can be a simple 4 digit code or a more complicated password or phrase.
  • Mail, Contacts, Calendars: to set-up your Peel email: enter your email address, the Server is: , the Domain is: ad1 , your Username is your P#, and your Password is your email password.
  • Safari: allows you to set your default Search Engine, Block Pop-Ups, clear your browser history, cookies and data, and more.

Photos, Videos & Camera

Use the Camera app to take pictures or videos. To see how, watch the following video.   

Any pictures or videos that you record using the Camera app are stored in the Photos app.  Click the Photos icon to view, edit, copy, share or delete your photos and videos.  The following video will show you how to do that.

Ideas for Using the iPad in the Classroom

Below are just a few ideas about how to use an iPad in your classroom:

  • Organize Notes: Use cloud based applications to get access to your notes anywhere (with internet) at any time.  OneDrive for Business and the OneNote app can sync to your OneDrive in Office 365.  You can also use apps like Evernote and Dropbox to organize and files/notes and share them with others.
  • Reminders & Organization: Use the reminders and calendar apps to stay organized and keep track of important things - if you have set up your Peel email in the Mail app the calendar and reminders are synced to your SharePoint (MySite) for access on any web enabled device.  You can also use apps like Wonderlist for To Do lists and reminders.
  • Classroom management: Apps like ClassDojo, Remind 101, Too Noisy, Classroom Timer, Stop Go!, Random Name Selector, Classroom Dice, and many more can help in various ways.  You can even mark student work on your iPad using apps like Desire2Learn Assignment Grader or Turnitin.
  • Record Observations, Conversations or Products: Use the camera to take pictures or videos of student work or to record observations or conversations. You can also use apps like Teacher Notes, Evernote, and Notability to record audio conversations of students while you type notes relating to the conversation.
  • Instructional Videos: Interactive whiteboard apps like Educreations, Show Me, Doceri, and Explain Everything allow you to draw on the whiteboard or on top of pictures you bring in from your camera roll.  These apps will record what you draw as well as what you are saying as you explain concepts.  These videos can then be posted on class websites like Office 365 or D2L for students to review concepts later.
  • Gather Student Feedback: Use apps like Socrative or Survey Monkey to poll students in real time during class.  Make your PowerPoints interactive using NearPod to ask students questions as you go through the slides.
  • Presentations: Tired of the same old presentation tools?  Give apps like Haiku Deck, Shadow Puppet, Prezi, Comic Life, Tellagami, iMovie, Pic Collage or ThingLink a try.
  • Annotate: Add your own notes to pictures, PDFs, and other documents using apps like iAnnotate, Notability, Penultimate, Skitch, and Note Taker HD.  You can also annotate on top of videos using apps like Ubersense and Coach's Eye.  

Using Apple TV in the Classroom

If you have access to Apple TV in your classroom, here are some ways it can be used as you mirror your iPad on the big screen with the LCD projector:

1. Show what your apps can do.

  • Show animations (there is now a Gizmos app for iPad) or make your own simulations/animations by moving around pictures, shapes, symbols etc. in interactive Whiteboard apps like Educreations, Show Me, Doceri, or Explain Everything. You can also create stop motion videos to record your own animations using apps like iMotionHD.
  • Zoom in or out to emphasize or give the big picture. Great for map apps like Google Maps or Google Earth, or if showing a photo in your Camera roll or a section of text on the internet or in iBooks.
  • Make abstract concepts come to life using Augmented reality apps like Aurasma (free), Star Maps (several apps a few free), and many more (
  • Annotate or draw on files or pictures using apps like iAnnotate, Notability, Skitch, Penultimate, or even D2L Binder. You can also annotate over videos you have recorded using apps like Ubersense (free) or Coach’s Eye.
  • Presentation apps like Haiku Deck, Prezi, Shadow Puppet, Comic Life or ThingLink can help you explain concepts in a new way.
  • Mind Map apps – quickly create and manipulate mind maps with apps like Popplet and Inspiration that even allow you to add pictures to your mind maps. 

2. Show student work or solutions to problems.

  • Use the camera on the iPad to take a picture of student work to show as an exemplar.
  • Hand the iPad to a student to answer a question or interact with an app.

3. Use as a document camera.

  • Use the camera on the iPad as a portable document camera. Zoom in or out on textbooks, posters, objects, or anything. Take a picture or video that you can post for students for future reference.
  • Get students to demo a procedure or use manipulatives to solve problems, or demo the procedure yourself.

4. Use as an interactive whiteboard.

  • Apps like Educreations, Show Me, Doceri and Explain Everything allow you to have a portable whiteboard that you can use to explain concepts or you can hand the iPad to a student so they can help explain. These apps even allow you to record the audio and visuals of what you put on the whiteboard so you can save it and post it for students.
  • Use collaborative whiteboard apps like BaiBoard and to have students add their thoughts to the whiteboard using their own device.

5. Use for class management.

  • Timer apps to help students manage their time while they work.
  • Virtual dice and spinner apps that can be used for review games.
  • Apps that measure the noise level in the room.
  • Random Name or Team Selector apps