Tech Tip Tuesday

December 2, 2014

Safe Search Kids

If you have younger students use Google to research a topic you may want to consider using this site. It is a safer alternative than the regular Google site. Give it a try!

Hour of Code

Next week is Computer Science Week. In honor of that I will be participating in the The Hour of Code with 3rd-6th graders. The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics. You may also want to do this with your students. If you want to participate with your students, you can sign up here.
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iPad Tips and Tricks

Charge your iPad Faster

If you want to charge the iPad faster you should turn on airplane mode. This will help it charge slightly faster than it will with all radios running. You won’t notice a dramatic change in speed, but if you are pressed for time it will help. You should also make sure you charge it with the adapter that it came with, not just any USB adapter, since Apple provides one that can supply more energy than a typical USB charger.

Jump to the Top of Any App

If you want to quickly go back to the top of a webpage, email, Facebook page or any other app on the iPad, don’t bother scrolling up. Instead just tap where the clock is and the page will automatically jump to the very top of any app.

Make the iPad Easier on Your Eyes

The iPad settings include several options to make the device easier to use if you have bad eyesight or just have trouble reading the screen. You can go to Settings -> General -> Accessibility and then tap on options that will help you, such as

  • Larger text
  • Bold text
  • Button Shapes
  • Increased Contrast
  • Reduced Motion
  • Labels On or Off

Turn these on and see if they make using the iPad easier for you.