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iOS 6.0 arrives today! Here’s a summary of what’s up.

September 19th, 2012 Comments off

Don’t procrastinate about updating your iPad’s operating system. Many quirky little problems that we see are due to users still running 4.3.3.* Today, Apple releases iOS 6.0, the most recent update of its operating system for mobile devices. From Jason Miller, these two links provide you with information on what features are available in 6.0: from techcrunch.com, what you need to know to update to the new iOS; and from cultofmac.com, a summary of the new features in the update.

If you have any questions about updating your iOS or would like help updating from 4.3.3 to 6.0, please don’t hesitate to call or email eTech at 8-4832 or etech[at]as.ua.edu.

*How do you know what operating system is running on your iPad? Go to the Settings app and check under the General settings. Look for “About” in the list on the right and select that. Then you’ll need to look for “Version,” which will tell you what iOS you are running on your iPad.

–Rebecca Johnson

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iPad Tip of the Week: The Multitasking Bar

September 17th, 2012 Comments off

For our first Tip of the Week, Jason Miller will show you how to improve your iPad’s performance by closing apps that are running in the background. This video is 45 seconds long.

iPad Tip of the Week: The Multitasking Bar

Here is the transcript of the video:

Welcome to the iPad Tip of the Week: Using the Multitasking Bar

The multitasking bar displays all of the apps that you have recently used and that are currently running in the background. If too many apps are running in the background, this can slow down your iPad or cause apps to crash. You can solve this problem with the following steps:

  1. Quickly press the Home button twice to bring up the multitasking bar.
  2. Tap and hold any of the app icons that appear on the bar until they start to jiggle and red minus signs appear on the corner of each app.
  3. Tap the red minus sign on each of the apps until all apps in the multitasking bar are closed.
  4. Close the multitasking bar by pressing the Home button once.

Working on the Go–ProfHacker iPad column

August 23rd, 2012 Comments off

From today’s Profhacker column. Grad student Stephanie Hedge talks about the tools and apps that help her get work done on her iPad. Note the first comment on her column that mentions the lack of sufficient security in Dropbox to satisfy FERPA. Just something to keep in mind.

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eTech’s Fall iPad Workshop Schedule–part 1

August 17th, 2012 Comments off

eTech iPad Workshop Series

The eTech iPad Workshops are designed to provide Arts and Sciences faculty, instructors, and staff with information that can help them incorporate the iPad into their teaching, research, and work life. These one-hour brown-bag workshops are held at noon on Tuesdays in the eTech Conference Room in the Bureau of Mines. For all workshops, bring your iPad and please make sure that you know all relevant user names and passwords associated with your device (i.e., Apple ID and password, AS and MyBama user names and passwords, Dropbox, etc.). Workshops will be limited to 10 participants, we will schedule additional workshops by request.
Contact eTech by email to reserve your spot—etech[at]as.ua.edu

August 28:  iPad 101
We’ll take you on a tour of the settings menu, give you an overview of transferring files to and from your iPad, and give you a brief introduction to some of the popular apps in the College of Arts and Sciences.

September 4:  App of the Month—Dropbox
We’ll show you how to get a Dropbox account, how Dropbox is integrated into a variety of apps, and how you can use it to transfer and share files.

September 11:  iPads and Presenting
We’ll take you through a number of presenting options, including Keynote and Air Sketch.

September 18:  An Overview of iOS 6
In early September, Apple will release the newest version of their mobile operating system. We’ll provide an overview of the new features in iOS 6.

September 25:  iPad App-stravaganza
We’ll cram as many app overviews as we can into 40 minutes, followed by 20 minutes of discussion of these apps and any others that participants would like to share.

October 2:  File Transfer, Cloud Storage, and Your iPad
How do you transfer files with no USB drive? We’ll show you how with iCloud, Dropbox, iTunes file transfer, GoodReader, and FilesConnect.

October 9:  App of the Month—GoodReader
Like a Swiss Army knife for your iPad, GoodReader can be used to annotate pdf’s, transfer files, share files wirelessly, and more.

October 16:  iPad Accessory Showcase
By popular demand, we’ll provide a hands-on showcase of a variety of accessories for your iPad, including microphones, keyboards, styluses, and camera connectors.

October 23 through the end of the fall semester:  TBA

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Using Tegrity with Air Sketch on Your iPad

May 30th, 2012 Comments off

Jason Miller, eTech’s sys admin, came up with a neat little trick the other day. One of the difficulties of lecturing with the iPad is that for those faculty and instructors who use Tegrity, the campus lecture-capture tool, Tegrity cannot capture a lecture directly from the iPad. The Tegrity app is for watching recordings, not creating them. So, what’s a Tegrity-using, iPad-carrying faculty member to do?

Tegrity captures lectures on a multimedia room computer by recording anything that happens on that computer along with audio from the podium mic or the multimedia room’s wireless mic. So if you’re presenting a PowerPoint, showing a movie from the computer’s disk drive, or pulling up a website, you’re going to capture it with Tegrity. The key here is how Air Sketch on the iPad works with the multimedia room computers. Because you’re streaming what you’re doing in Air Sketch through the multimedia room computer’s browser, you’re able to record that on Tegrity. I used Tegrity to record an Air Sketch presentation earlier today, and it worked great.

For additional information on how to use Air Sketch, see Air Sketch Tips from the iPad 101 Workshop. You can also contact eTech for additional assistance. For more information on Tegrity, contact the Faculty Resource Center at elearning[at]ua.edu.

 

 

Summer iPad Workshops for the College of Arts and Sciences

May 23rd, 2012 Comments off

Beginning next week, May 29, we’ll begin a (nearly) weekly series of workshops called eTech iPad Basics. These are designed to give Arts and Sciences faculty, instructors, and staff the information they need to help them incorporate the iPad into their teaching, research, and work life. These workshops are held in the eTech Conference Room at noon on Tuesdays and are limited to 10 participants. Please contact eTech by email to reserve a spot: etech[at]as.ua.edu

eTech iPad Basics: iPad 101

iPad 101 is for those who are new to the iPad or in need of a refresher. We’ll take you on a tour of the settings menu, give you an overview of how to transfer information to and from your iPad, show you how to create a presentation in Keynote, how to track changes in OnLive Desktop, how to use Air Sketch to present a lecture without being tethered to the classroom podium, and how to annotate a PDF with iAnnotate.  May 29, June 26, July 17, August 7

eTech iPad Basics: iPads and Presenting

In this workshop we’ll take you through three presentation options: OnLive Desktop, Keynote, and Air Sketch. We’ll also take a look at Mobile ArtStor.  June 5, July 10

eTech iPad Basics: Getting Stuff onto and off of Your iPad

With no USB drive, how do you transfer files to and from the iPad? We’ll show you how with iCloud, Dropbox, iTunes file transfer, GoodReader, CloudConnect, and remote desktop applications.
June 12, July 3

eTech iPad Basics: iPads and Research

This joint workshop with Melissa Green of the UA Libraries looks at two reference management tools, RefWorks and Zotero, and how they can be used on the iPad. We will also look at other electronic resources available to iPad users through the libraries.  June 19

-Rebecca Johnson

A Couple of Helpful iCloud Links

January 6th, 2012 Comments off

iCloud can be a bit puzzling to use if you’re accustomed to Dropbox or other cloud storage spaces that give you more granular, or detailed, control over what you’re backing up.

This link shows you how to determine whether you’re using your iCloud storage wisely:
Managing Your iCloud Backups

This link can be helpful if you’re sharing an iTunes account with a family member:
How to Configure iCloud If You Share an Apple ID

And finally, here’s a link to the Apple iCloud website where you can find out what is backed up when you enable iCloud. Be sure to click through all of the iCloud categories at the top of the window.
Features of iCloud

-Rebecca J.

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Troubleshooting Your iPad Calendar/Inbox and Your Exchange Account

November 10th, 2011 1 comment

Here are three email and calendar issues I’ve gotten lately.

  1. Why don’t I see all of my emails on my iPad?
  2. Why does the email I send from my iPad go out under my gmail account and not my AS account?
  3. Why do appointments I make on my iPad not show up on my computer?

All of these questions can be addressed by checking your Mail, Contacts, Calendars settings.

Tap the Settings icon on your iPad. Then tap Mail, Contacts, Calendars.

Question 1: On the right, under the list of accounts that you’ve set up, you’ll see a series of settings for Mail. To increase the number of emails that show up in your iPad inbox, tap Show. You can show up to 1,000 recent messages.

Question 2: The last setting under Mail is your Default Account. Assuming that you want the email on your iPad to be sent out under your AS account, be sure that you’ve selected your AS account as the default.

Bonus tip: If you’d like to have something other than “Sent from my iPad” appear at the bottom of your emails, you can create an email signature under Signature in the Mail settings.

Question 3: Still in the Mail, Contacts, and Calendars menu, scroll down past the Contacts settings to get to the Calendar settings. The last setting under Calendars is where you can select your default calendar. Tap on Default Calendar to see which calendars are available to you. Again, you’ll likely want to make sure that your AS Exchange calendar is your default, so that any appointments you make on your iPad show up on your Exchange calendar. If you have many possible Exchange calendars to choose from, select the calendar that is highlighted by the purple dot (and not the purple-dotted calendar that indicates it is a backup, if you have such a thing). You can also select here how far back you’d like your calendar to show appointments.

If All Else Fails: If your iPad is still not syncing as you’d like, go into Settings, and Mail, Contacts, Calendars, and delete your Exchange account–really delete it, don’t just retype the information in the fields–then set up the Exchange account again. [Use your AS email and password. Domain is “asnet” and server is “webmail.ua.edu” without the quotation marks, naturally.]

And, as always, if our “If All Else Fails” solution fails, be sure to call or email us and we’ll be happy to help you.

A Series of iPad App Reviews/Recommendations from ProfHacker

November 10th, 2011 Comments off

The ProfHacker column from the Chronicle of Higher Ed is one of my favorites. Here are a few links from recent posts having to do with iPads, apps, and annotating.  I’m going to try out UPAD, according to the recommendations in this first link. I’ll let you know how it goes.

App Reviews from ProfHacker

iAnnotate App Review from ProfHacker

 

iOS 5 and Integrated Accessibility Features

October 19th, 2011 Comments off

Here’s a link describing a few of the accessibility features that Apple has built into its newest mobile device operating system, particularly the Assistive Touch feature.

http://chronicle.com/blogs/profhacker/accessibility-features-of-ios-5/36685?sid=wc&utm_source=wc&utm_medium=en

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