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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]



Safari Tips from the iPad 101 Workshop

May 29th, 2012 Comments off

Safari is the default browser for the iPad. Open new tabs using the “+” symbol at the top right of the browser window. Close tabs by tapping the small “x” symbol on the left side of the active tab. Another feature within Safari is the Reader option that is available on some sites. It allows you to read just an article from a website without all of the surrounding stuff. Look for the Reader button in the right side of the URL field.  Safari browser Reader button

screen shot of the Share options within Safari on the iPad

Add Bookmark
Add a bookmark to give yourself an easy way of checking back with a favorite website. You may add a bookmark to the Bookmark list, to the Bookmarks Bar just below the URL field in Safari, or to any sub-folder you may have created within Bookmarks.

Add to Reading List
This feature allows you to save particular pages from a website or articles to read at a later time. See Reading List below.

Add to Home Screen
This feature adds a website link in the form of an icon to your iPad’s home screen. Consider creating a home screen icon for MyBama, the eTech iPad blog, or other frequently visited websites.

screen shot of the Safari bookmarks menu on the iPad

Bookmarks (illus. above)

Within the Bookmarks button you will find your Reading List, your browsing history, the ability to clear your browsing history, and a list of any bookmarks or bookmark subfolders you may have created. Bookmarks can be synced using iCloud (as long as your office or home computer are running iCloud with Lion OS for the Mac or Windows 7) making bookmarks that you save on your home or office computer instantly available on your iPad (and visa versa).

screen shot of Safari Reading List from the iPad

Reading List (illus. above)

Reading List allows you to save particular web pages for viewing at a later date. This feature also syncs with iCloud so that your Reading List will be available to you on all of the computers you are running that have Safari and iCloud enabled. Currently, Reading List within Safari has no offline reading options, though those are rumored to be in development.

-Rebecca Johnson

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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]

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 “” 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


iCloud: The Basics

October 13th, 2011 Comments off

You’ll be seeing a number of summaries of the new features in iOS 5 posted to this blog in the coming days. Today’s summary–how to set up iCloud.

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iPad tip of the week: Connecting an iPad via VGA dongle in an A&S classroom

July 8th, 2011 Comments off

This video demonstration covers hooking up your iPad via a dongle to an A&S podium.

– Jason Miller, Paul Jarnagin

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iPad tip of the week: How to save a bookmark to your home screen

June 17th, 2011 Comments off

In this, the first of our new weekly quick tip video series, we will show you how to add a bookmark to your home screen.



Please click the link below to access the transcript:

bookmark transcript

-Jason Miller, Paul Jarnagin



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Choosing an AT&T data plan for your iPad

May 26th, 2011 Comments off

Domestic Data

AT&T offers two data plans for the iPad based on the amount of data you will likely use during a 30-day period: $14.99 per month for 250 MB
 or $25.00 per month for 2 GB.

How much data will you need? If you stick mostly to e-mail, general Web browsing, and watching a YouTube video once in a while, the 250 MB option should suffice. Watching an average YouTube video uses between 5 and 10 MB of data. The iPad will default to using Wi-Fi if a signal is available, so that even if your 3G is enabled, browsing in a Wi-Fi environment won’t eat into your data plan.

If you would like to enable the 3G cellular service on your iPad, tap the Settings icon, then Cellular Data, and then View Account. You may want to try the lower-priced plan for a month to see whether it meets your needs. There are no penalties for deleting your data plan or changing it mid-subscription. Also, with the 250 MB plan, the iPad will let you know when you’re about to reach your data limit. You’ll get three alerts — at 20 percent of 250 MB remaining in your plan, 10 percent, and zero. You can choose to ignore the alert or add another 250 MB or upgrade to the 2 GB plan. If you exceed the amount of data in your domestic data plan, your plan will expire, but it will renew automatically at the end of the 30 days.

Data plan charges will appear on the credit or debit card bill that you used to set up the account. The subscription renews automatically, and Apple will send you an email notification each time the plan automatically renews. To change or delete the plan or check the amount of data that you have left, tap the Settings icon, and then Cellular Data. You will then need to enter the username and password that you used to create the account.

International Data

–Paul Jarnagin

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