iPad Basics

Getting Started With the iPad

Getting to Know the iPad

Once you have an iPad, you will want to learn about the physical features of the device and the accessories that come with it. This includes the different buttons and ports, how to turn the device on and off, charging and navigating the device.

Device and Accessories

All district issued iPads for teachers should include the following:



  • iPad Air (as of 3/4/14)
  • USB Cable (for connecting to your computer as well as the power adapter)
  • USB power adapter (for charging the battery)
  • Case w/ bluetooth keyboard (and charging wire)

iPad Buttons and Ports

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Getting to Know the iOS Interface

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1 The Status Bar- The status bar at the top of the screen displays current information about your iPad. This includes (from left to right) the status of your internet connection, thetime, and your remaining battery life


2 Notifications - To view your notifications, pull or swipe down from the top of the screen. A window will show you reminders, unread emails, and other activity on your iPad. To go to the source of the notification, just tap the one you want.


3 Home Screen - The screen you see here is called the Home screen; however, it may help to think of it as similar to your computer desktop. It's where all of your apps are kept, and it's the first thing you see when you turn on your device. You can even have multiple Home screens, to make room for more apps, and to organize the icons. To navigate between screens, swipe left or right.


4 The Dock - The dock at the bottom of the screen is designed for your most frequently used apps. By default, it includes Safari, Mail,Photos, and Music. You can customize your dock by adding or removing icons, so you always have access to your favorites you can fit 6 apps or folders on the dock.


5 Control Center - The Control Center allows you to quickly access frequently used settings for your device.Swipe up from the bottom of the screen to adjust the screen brightness, turn Wi-Fi on and off, open the Camera app, and more.


6 Self-Service - Self-service is a district icon in which recommended apps, access to email activation, eBooks, and other resources can be accessed.


7 EISD Shortcut - Tap to go directly to the www.eisd.net website.



For a more interactive look at iOS Interface, click on the link below.

iOS Interface and Gestures Video

Watch the video to learn more about the iOS interface and multi-touch gestures that make using the iPad more efficient.
iOS7 Interface and Gestures