GCS iPad Update

September 2014

Twitter 101

I 'll be teaching a Twitter 101 class on Tuesday, September 30 at 7 pm. This class is open to anyone who is interested in learning about Twitter.


According to Statistic Brain, there are 115 million people who are active Tweeters each month. The Atlantic reported that Twitter is one of the tools used by ISIS in their reign of terror.


Obviously, Twitter is a great communication tool. I truly believe that as believers in Jesus Christ, we are missing a great opportunity if we don't engage the culture in this areana.


So, what exactly is Twitter? How is it different than Facebook? While we're talking about it, what's a hashtag?


If you've wondered any of these questions, come Tuesday night. I'll give you a tour of Twitter, explain the language of Twitter, help you set up an account, and give you a few people to follow.


Feel free to bring your smartphone or laptop and play along.

Find My iPhone App

I am always excited to report that we've had no iPads lost or stolen. That is a praise report! However, we have already had a few iPads that have been lost temporarily. In every case, the iPad was accidentally picked up by someone else and placed in a backpack. We've had a couple of students who've had to go home at the end of the day with no idea where their iPad was.


There is an easy solution to this problem. I have asked everyone to install the Find My iPhone app on their iPads AND activate it. The Find My iPhone app allows us to locate a missing iPad on a map using GPS or have the iPad play a loud sound. Playing a sound is the key. It saves time and usually gets the iPad back to the owner faster.


Activating the app is the key, and activating the app is easy. First, you will need an iCloud account. Go to Settings and turn-on iCloud.


Once the Find My iPhone app is installed, tap the main Settings icon, then choose iCloud. Enter your Apple ID. Once signed into iCloud look to the bottom of the iCloud menu, turn the Find my iPhone app on.


If you have any questions about whether or not the app is installed an activated on your son or daughter’s iPad, just send them to the Jontra Jenius Bar before school and I’ll be glad to take a look.

FREE SAT Resources

The Official SAT Question of the Day is a free app from the College Board. Questions cover the three tested areas, reading, math, and writing. Click Here to find it in the App Store.


The College Board and Khan Academy have partnered together to make SAT prep free and available to all. The video below will briefly explain what is available at Khan Academy. CLICK HERE to see for yourself.

CNET News - Khan Academy to offer free SAT prep materials

Resource for Students

I'm sharing this information with you so that if your student panics late at night you will have a place to go for help.


First, I have tried to put all of our iPad resources on a web site. This is always a good place to start. Click here to visit GCS iPad Central.


Here's a link to the video I created explaining how to use Notability, our notetaking app, and eBackpack, click here.

Look at the iPad

Please take time this week to sit down with your son or daughter and look at the camera roll on the iPad.

Christina Jontra

Director of Digital Learning

Grace Community School

Previous iPad Updates

November 5, 2013 - Click Here

August 26, 2013 - Click Here

August 12, 2013 - Click Here

September 27, 2013 - Click Here

eBackpack Tutorial - Click Here